The fiscal year 2016 Firm Giving Program campaign runs from April-June. If your firm employs multiple VLS alumni, and you'd like to participate in this year's campaign, please contact the Development & Alumni Relations office via email or call (615) 322-0814. Participating firms with 100% giving among VLS alumni within at least one office location that houses multiple alumni will be recognized on the Firm Giving Honor Roll.
The Firm Giving Program was created over a decade ago to promote continued excellence in legal education at Vanderbilt Law School. Firms with multiple Vanderbilt Law School alumni can participate by naming a Firm Representative to encourage and coordinate alumni donations with a goal toward achieving 100% giving participation.
This program's growth has paralleled the increasing global influence of the law school. In Fiscal Year 2015 nearly 1,200 alumni working at 98 firms and companies with locations around the world participated in the program, securing vital unrestricted support for the law school.
Firm participation is vital to preserving the high standards in legal education that distinguish Vanderbilt Law School from competing law schools. The annually published Firm Giving Honor Roll celebrates those firms who have met the challenge and achieved 100% alumni giving participation and recognizes their commitment to the future of the law school.
1. Increase Alumni Giving Participation
The Firm Giving Program seeks to raise the overall VLS alumni participation rate. "Participation" is the percentage of law school alumni who make a gift of any amount to the law school each year. Participation is not just a statistic. It is the primary way alumni support is measured and impacts the law school's reputation. By making a gift, alumni demonstrate the value they place on their legal education and their interest in staying connected with Vanderbilt. Our participation rate is viewed as a vote of alumni satisfaction and is often considered by corporations and foundations when directing gifts to VLS. In fiscal year 2015, our alumni participation rate was 27%, which compares favorably to other top 20 law schools. During the same year, 68% of the alumni working in participating firms made a gift to the law school! Furthermore, one out of every three alumni donors last fiscal year worked at a participating firm!
2. Promote your Law Firm, Corporation, or Organization.
Participating firms, corporations and organizations that achieve 100% participation (in at least one office location with two or more alumni) are listed on the annual VLS Firm Giving Honor Roll. Special recognition is given to those firms who achieve 100% giving among alumni at all firm locations.
The Honor Roll is also prominently displayed in the Career Services lobby and interview suite during on-campus interviews, as well as at local alumni events such as Reunion Weekend. It is also published annually in the Vanderbilt Law magazine and on the VLS website. View the FY 2015 Honor Roll.
3. Strengthen the Vanderbilt Network
The program is designed to build and highlight the VLS connections that we have through many firms. The Firm Giving Program helps alumni working in different firms to unite in the common cause of supporting their alma mater. This program is a way to ensure the collegiality that Vanderbilt Law School is known for continues well beyond the three years spent earning one's law degree.