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Firm Giving FAQs

Firm Logo 1. What is the VLS Firm Giving Program?
2. How does the Firm Giving Program benefit our firm or organization?
3. How does my participation benefit my law school?
4. Doesn't tuition cover the needs of the school?
5. What gifts will count towards the Firm Giving Program?
6. How do I make a gift to the law school?
7. How can I help my firm make the Firm Giving Honor Roll?
8. What are the responsibilities of a Law Firm Representative?
9. How can I enroll my firm or company in the Firm Giving Program?
10. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

 

1. What is the VULS Firm Giving Program

Vanderbilt Law School's Firm Giving Program is designed to give alumni at law firms and organizations an opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater and promote giving to the law school's annual fund in a fun and challenging way. Firms and corporations with two or more VLS graduates are encouraged to participate in the annual Firm Giving Program, led by one or more Firm Representatives. Within each firm or organization, our Firm Reps inspire alumni to join together and meet the 100% giving challenge during the law school's fiscal year. Any gift or pledge payment to the law school made between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 counts toward the fiscal year 2016 Firm Giving Program campaign.

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2. How does the Firm Giving Program benefit our firm or organization?

Your firm receives recognition for their commitment to and support of Vanderbilt Law School's mission to provide a superior legal education. If your firm achieves a place on our Firm Giving Honor Roll, your firm will be recognized on signage displayed in the Law School's Office of Career Services as well as in the Law School during local events and Reunion festivities, where it will be seen by hundreds of Vanderbilt alumni and students. The Firm Giving Honor Roll will also be posted online, published in the Vanderbilt Law magazine and will appear in the Law@Vanderbilt e-newsletter. Additionally, those firms who participate in on-campus interviews will find their interview suites festively decorated to recognize the achievement of reaching 100% participation among the VLS alumni at the firm. This recognition will demonstrate to current law students and other visiting firms that the alumni in your firm have a strong affinity and commitment to Vanderbilt.

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3. How does my participation benefit my law school?

Not only will your gift provide financial support for important programs, but it also increases our overall alumni participation rate.  Participation is more than a statistic; it is the primary measure of alumni support, which in turn affects the reputation of the Law School. By making a gift, you demonstrate the value you place on your legal education and your connection to Vanderbilt Law School. Participation rates are also viewed as a vote of alumni satisfaction and are often considered by potential major donors (corporations and foundations) when making funding decisions. The Firm Giving Program provides a fun and easy opportunity to make a difference and show your support of your law school.

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4. Doesn't tuition cover the needs of the school?

Tuition only covers a portion of what it takes to run the law school on an annual basis. Donations from alumni and friends make up the difference. Without these gifts, the law school would not be able to fund student organizations, keep class sizes down, recruit and retain distinguished faculty, offer a wide variety of courses, provide career services, maintain the extensive library or continually upgrade technology. In particular, scholarships enable the school to recruit talented students and to minimize loan burden.

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5. What gifts will count towards the Firm Giving Campaign?

Any gift or pledge payment to the Law School made during the current fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) will count toward your participation in the Firm Giving Program. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • a payment on a current pledge*
  • a class reunion gift
  • a gift to a restricted law school fund or scholarship (e.g., LRAP or the Thomas R. McCoy Scholarship)
  • a company matching gift
  • a gift-in-kind credited to the Law School

*A pledge does not count unless a payment has been made during the current fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Pledge reminders are mailed annually, but if you would like to make your pledge payment using the online gift form, please note in the special comments field that you would like your gift to be applied to your current pledge. If you have pledged to more than one fund please note the amount you would like to allocate to each pledge.

Gifts made to other schools and programs at Vanderbilt (e.g., Arts & Sciences, Athletics/NCC, Alumni Association, Medical Center) are not credited to the law school and therefore not factored into our alumni participation rate. They do not count towards your participation in the Firm Giving Program.

If you're not sure whether you've made a gift to the law school during the current fiscal year, please contact the Development & Alumni Relations office at (615) 322-0814 or alumni@law.vanderbilt.edu.

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6. How do I make a gift to the law school?

Any gift or pledge payment to the Law School made between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 counts towards this year's Firm Giving Program.

*If you have a current pledge and would like to make your pledge payment online, please note in the special comments field that you would like your gift to be applied to your pledge.

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7. How can I help my firm make the Firm Giving Honor Roll?

Start by making a donation yourself. Then, talk with your colleagues about the Program and why you are participating. The primary reason people will participate is because they are asked by someone they know. You should also speak with your firm's Representative to see what you can do to help them.

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8. What are the responsibilities of a Law Firm Giving Program Representative?

Representatives will inform and motivate their colleagues to make a gift to the benefit of the firm and VLS.

During the Spring, we send each Firm Rep information about the program, the number of alumni at each firm or company and information on how to get everyone involved.

During the program (from March-June) we will update the Participating Firms and Stats page (available in April 2016) weekly with the current alumni participation for each participating firm. Firm reps will also receive periodic detailed updates on the Firm's giving status from the Development & Alumni Relations staff and can also request these updates any time.

More information can be found in the 2016 Firm Rep Handbook.

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9. How can I enroll my firm or company in the Firm Giving Program?

The Firm Giving Program is open to any company, firm, or organization where two or more VLS alumni are employed. You can volunteer to serve as your firm or company's representative by calling the Development & Alumni Relations office at (615) 322-0814 or by emailing us at alumni@law.vanderbilt.edu.

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10. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rachael Phillips, Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach for Vanderbilt Law School; (615) 322-0814 .

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