FAQ: Membership program change

VCU Alumni has discontinued its membership model as of Dec. 31, 2017, and now welcomes all graduates. Our goal is to be more inclusive by offering programs and services for all alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Medical College of Virginia and Richmond Professional Institute.

Why is VCU Alumni eliminating its membership dues program?
In the past year, the VCU Alumni Board of Governors and the MCV Alumni Association Board of Trustees have been at a crossroads. The boards, along with alumni, staff and VCU leadership, spent a great deal of time discussing the organizations’ direction. In November 2017, the boards voted to eliminate paid dues as a requirement of membership. This decision follows national trends and best practices among universities. We believe a new association model that welcomes ALL graduates as members helps to create and sustain lifelong relationships for all alumni and, ultimately, strengthen our organizations. Every graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Medical College of Virginia and Richmond Professional Institute is part of VCU Alumni, regardless of dues or gifts. Alumni can engage and give back how they want, when they want and at what level they want.

When does this change take place?
The change is effective Jan. 1, 2018.

How does this change benefit alumni?
The new model enhances engagement by removing the barriers to participation that come along with the member/nonmember distinction. This transition allows VCU Alumni to open all programs and events to all alumni. Staff will work to deepen graduates’ relationships with their alma mater by providing increased engagement opportunities. For example, new chapters can be formed without a minimum percentage of dues-paying members.

Will alumni have to “opt in” when their current membership expires?
No, current members do not have to take any action. To receive the most up-to-date information on news and programs from VCU Alumni, please update your contact information.

How does this change affect Life members?
A new society will recognize Life members’ steadfast commitment to their alma mater. You’ll hear more about the society in coming months, but rest assured, the benefits and access Life members enjoyed will remain.

How does this change affect annual members?
First, you won’t ever need to make a dues payment again! Second, your benefits remain intact for the remainder of your membership. Moving forward, benefits and services provided by your alumni organization will be open to all graduates.

When will benefits be open to all alumni?
At this time, current Annual members and Life members have access to member-only benefits. In the coming months, we will open benefits to the greater VCU Alumni community. In the meantime, please check out benefits available to all alumni.

How will VCU Alumni fund programming without membership fees?
We will supplement with support from the university and will acquire sponsorships for events and programs.

Who should I contact with questions about the change?
Please call (804) 828-2586 or or email alumni@vcu.edu for more information.

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