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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. What gifts will count towards the Firm Giving Program?
5. How do I make a gift to the law school?
6. How can I help my firm make the Firm Giving Honor Roll?
7. What are the responsibilities of a Law Firm Representative?
8. How can I enroll my firm or company in the Firm Giving Program? Who can I contact for more information?

 

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 annual giving to the Law School 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, 2018 and June 30, 2019 counts toward the fiscal year 2019 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. 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, 2018 - June 30, 2019) 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

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

Any gift or pledge payment to the Law School made between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 counts towards this year's Firm Giving Program.

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6. 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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7. 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 May-June) we will update the Participating Firms and Stats page (available beginning March 30) 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.

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8. How can I enroll my firm or company in the Firm Giving Program? Who can I contact for more information?

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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