University of Virginia Giving

Rotunda Society

Named for the University’s signature landmark, this society salutes alumni, parents, and friends who provide leadership annual support to the University of Virginia.

How Do I Become a Member?

Donors qualify for membership by contributing $2,500 or more in annual operating support for the University to any of its schools and programs during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Cumulative gifts during the same fiscal year to different schools or programs of your choice all count towards membership in the Rotunda Society.

Rotunda Society Recognition Levels

Dome Level $25,000 or more
Colonnade Level $10,000 to $24,999
Serpentine Level $5,000 to $9,999
Pavilion Level $2,500 to $4,999
Portico Level $1,000 to $2,499*

*Reserved for alumni who completed their degrees in the last five years.

Why Should I Become a Member?

Join an elite cadre of donors who recognize the value of empowering the University with immediate cash resources to fund new ideas and initiatives as they emerge. Through the Rotunda Society you can channel your giving to those areas of the University for which you are most passionate. You may choose to fund the preservation of Historic Buildings and Grounds, new advances in cancer research, creative joint education collaborations such as the program between the Curry School of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences, or any of a number of annual giving efforts across the Grounds.

What Can I Support?

Are you a graduate of the Architecture School who has a passion for lacrosse, or perhaps an Engineering alum who loved the Lawn? Are you a parent who wants to ensure that your child has ready access to computer support, whether in the classroom or the dorm room? Through annual giving, you can direct your support to any or all of these interests. You can also elect to leave a portion of your contribution totally unrestricted, giving the University the greatest flexibility to direct funds to where they are needed most. Make a gift now to one of the University’s twelve schools or any other worthy program of your choice.

The Power of Numbers

Dome Level Gifts ($25,000 and up) supported such
programs and activities as the following:

  • McIntire School of Commerce
    Sponsorship for a full year of student activities led by
    McIntire’s Office of Student Services and the Commerce
    Council, including leadership training, mentoring programs,
    and team-building activities.
  • Curry School of Education
    The professional redesign of the Curry School’s website
    to support the recruitment of top students and faculty,
    increase dissemination of news, and provide greater ease
    of use for website visitors.

Colonnade Level Gifts ($10,000 to $24,999) funded
the following programs and activities and others like them:

  • McIntire School of Commerce
    A suite of career-search resources for McIntire students,
    including a business internship fair, online and print
    resource libraries, and research databases.
  • School of Architecture
    Fellowships for four students to participate in ecoMOD,the
    design-build program, which is building its latest modular
    home, “ecoREMOD2:Adapt,” in Falmouth, Jamaica.
  • Darden School of Business
    Support for several months of First Coffee at Darden, a
    daily opportunity for informal discussion and the exchange
    of ideas among students, faculty, and staff that has become
    one of the school’s most cherished traditions.
  • College of Arts & Sciences
    A gift at the Colonnade Level helped fund scholarships to
    cover all or part of the costs of music lessons for 35 students
    majoring in music.

Serpentine Level Gifts ($5,000 to $9,999) funded the
following types of programs and activities:

  • School of Nursing
    Scholarships for two undergraduates who have demonstrated a
    commitment to professional nursing practice and maintained
    superior grade point averages.
  • School of Law
    Support for a student to assist judges trying Rwandan genocide
    cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in
    Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Curry School of Education
    Funding for Curry research conferences, where graduate
    students and faculty showcase their research and learn from
    each other’s work.
  • School of Architecture
    A stipend for two students to manage the U.Va. Community
    Garden for the summer and create a curriculum for University
    courses and local grade schools that incorporates the garden and
    sustainable practices.

Pavilion Level Gifts ($2,500 to $4,999) supported the
following types of programs and activities:

  • School of Law
    A stipend for a first-year student to work on violations of the
    Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination
    in Employment Act at the Boston office of the U.S. Equal
    Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Curry School of Education
    Support for ten local high school students to participate in
    the summer reading program at the Curry School’s McGuffey
    Reading Center, which is the nation’s oldest operating
    university reading center.
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Funding for the production costs of Spectra: The Virginia
    Engineering and Science Research Journal
    , a student-run,
    peer-reviewed journal that features stories about

Portico Level Gifts ($1,000 to $2,499) funded the following
programs and activities and others like them:

  • School of Architecture
    Support for the first full-color printing of lunch, the
    Architecture School’s student-run publication.
  • School of Medicine
    Funding for four U.Va. MedConnect mentoring events,
    which are designed to teach current medical students about
    nonacademic medicine and to provide a forum for students to
    meet with outstanding medical alumni and local physicians.