A gift of any kind is a personal gesture, reflecting the loyalty, the affection and the interests of the giver. Gifts to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are personal, too. Sometimes they reflect loyalties borne of experiences at the university as a student, researcher, or member of the faculty or staff. They may derive from a desire to see progress made in a particular area of research or may express gratitude for the educational opportunities provided to a family member of friend.

Gifts help make many wonderful aspects of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics possible. Through their generosity over the past years, alumni, employees, and friends of the department have provided funds that directly enrich the teaching, research, and Extension programs we offer, including:

  • Activities that promote excellence beyond the classroom, such as student competition teams like NAMA, Quiz Bowl, and Financial Planning Challenge.
  • Student travel to academic conferences or study abroad programs like our summer study aboard in Australia or Ecuador.
  • Research and outreach opportunities for students through the Kohl Agribusiness Center.
  • Opportunities to work with faculty members involved in Virginia Cooperative Extension.

How to Make a Gift

Gifts can be designated to any program at the University. You can securely make a pledge by selecting the Make a Gift online pledge form. Here you can make a payment on an existing pledge, make a gift using credit card, request information on donating securities, making a planned gift, or using electronic funds from your checking account. When completing this form, please designate your gift directly to the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department by selecting Other Designation and specifying AAEC, along with any other specific designation information you would like to include.

If you are affiliated with a company that matches contributions to higher education, please contact your company's human resources department to learn about your company's matching gift policies. Virginia Tech receives a sizable amount of gifts from company matching funds, thanks to donors like you who request the form from their participating employers and send it to Virginia Tech with their gifts.

Thank you to all of our donors! Your support is critical to our department's growth. We encourage you to come back to campus to see the positive impact of your donations.

Contact

Vernon Meacham
Director of Development,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3071
vmeacham@vt.edu

Brian Plum
Assistant Director of Development for Leadership Gifts,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
216 Hutcheson Hall
250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3091
bplum@vt.edu