Thank a Donor Day gives students a chance to learn about the impact of private philanthropy at VCU

VCU will host two “thank a donor” events this fall — Sept. 27 on the Monroe Park Campus and Oct. 10 on the MCV Campus.

Two events this fall will give Virginia Commonwealth University students, faculty and staff the opportunity to show their gratitude for those who give their money, time, expertise or connections to improve the college experience.

Thank a Donor Day will be held Sept. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Monroe Park Campus Compass outside James Branch Cabell Library and Oct. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the MCV Campus Compass outside the Larrick Student Center.

Participants who write notes, pose for a photo or record a video message expressing their thanks for donors’ contributions to the university will be offered free Starbucks coffee and Red Eye cookies. Rodney the Ram and the Ramifications, a VCU a capella group, will make appearances at the events.

Private donations at VCU from individuals and organizations fund student scholarships, faculty professorships, facilities improvements and provide program support.

Thank a Donor Day is organized by the VCU Office of Development and Alumni Relations to bring attention to, and educate students on, the impact of private philanthropy and to show donors how much their generosity means to students, faculty and staff.

“With Thank a Donor Day, we offer students an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those who have given so generously, so that donors hear from those whose lives they have affected with their generosity,” said Anne Hoffler, senior director of donor relations at VCU. “But while we celebrate donors, we also educate students about philanthropy. Many students have no idea that their beautiful new library renovation was supported by donors and their scholarships were created by people who want to make a difference in the lives of people they don’t even know.”

Notes, videos and photographs created at the events will be shared with donors personally and on social media at and @vcualumni.