Fostering Philanthropy

Cadet Annie Ha ’19 talks with guests.
Cadet Annie Ha ’19 talks with guests at the Ut Prosim Society Celebration on April 28.

By Sandi R. Bliss, chief advancement officer

Does the difference the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets made in your life and its ongoing impact on tomorrow’s leaders make you want to give back?

Partner with us to create more global, ethical leaders.

Whether you wish to make an annual contribution, establish an endowment, donate Corps memorabilia, or foster connections for a cadet seeking an internship or job, you can take on a powerful role.

Ways to Give

Endowments are an enduring investment in the future of the Corps. They provide a dependable, perpetual source of funding. Endowed gifts are invested and each year a percentage of the return is made available to the university to support critical Corps initiatives. The distribution amount is approved by the Virginia Tech Foundation board each year. Endowments can be created with a minimum gift of $100,000.

Annual gifts of any amount can make an immediate impact. They can be made one time or arranged to be made on a convenient, recurring basis. Gifts to the Commandant’s Priority Fund of $500 or greater automatically sponsor a first-year cadet on the fall or spring Caldwell March.

You can also support the Corps in many other ways by donating:

  • Securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Real estate, including both present and future interests
  • Gifts-in-kind of tangible property, such as works of art or historic memorabilia

In Memory / In Honor

Scholarships, endowed positions, Corps facilities, or programs may be named after special individuals. Gifts may be made to honor a loved one or someone who inspires you.

Employer Matching Gifts

Many Corps donors are employed by companies that encourage donations to higher education. Donors who wish to support the Corps often can provide more substantial support with the assistance of a matching company gift. Before making your gift, please check to see if your company provides a matching contribution. Our web page at can help you find out.

Gift Planning Options

If you are 70 1/2 or older, consider using a charitable IRA rollover to make a gift that can count toward your required minimum distribution without it being taxed as income. There are many additional options for leaving a powerful, wisely arranged legacy through planned gifts to the Corps.

Are you looking for a way to pass on some of your assets to your family while reducing or eliminating gift or estate taxes? Are you interested in a fixed income and avoidance of capital gains taxes? We encourage you to reach out to find out your options.

Some of these are:

  • Designating the Corps of Cadets as the beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy
  • Utilizing a gift model such as a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder annuity trust, charitable remainder unitrust, charitable lead trust, or IRA rollover

Other Ways to Stay Involved

  • Become a Class Champion
  • Help create a cadet internship opportunity
  • Host an alumni event at your home or business
  • Keep your contact information current

For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact us at 800-533-1144, 540-231-2892, or More information is available at