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Impact of giving

You might think it takes big money to make a big impact at Virginia Tech, but the reality is that gifts of all sizes empower the Hokie community to make tangible improvements in the lives of others.

From tackling the world's biggest, most complicated problems to boosting a student's ability to launch their career, your contributions make great things happen.

The power of giving is on display every day at Virginia Tech. That's especially the case in the spring, when the annual Giving Day unites generous Hokies from around the world.

Giving Day 2020 launches at noon EST on March 18 and runs for 24 hours.

When Hokies come together, incredible things happen.

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Hokie Bugfest

Hokie BugFest

The annual Hokie BugFest, a program of the Department of Entomology, brings community members of all ages together to learn about, explore, and celebrate the world of all things creepy and crawly. On Giving Day 2019, 131 supporters gave an average of just under $23 to the department’s annual fund for a combined $2,990, more than enough to bring the nationally renowned Capps Insect Collection here to Blacksburg.

Campus Kitchen

Hokie supporters made it possible for student volunteers from the Campus Kitchen program to redirect more unserved food from campus dining centers to local nonprofits. Last year, 11 people gave a total of $600. Their average gift was $54, which is enough to cover three weeks' worth of gas for the van that gets the food to the places it’s most needed.

Campus kitchen makes daily deliveries
Moss Arts Center

Moss Arts Center

At a time when many school districts are cutting or eliminating their arts programs, the 58 donors who backed the Moss Arts Center’s crowdfunding campaign in the fall of 2019 made it possible for 1,022 local K-12 students to attend performances and workshops. For every $13 given, another child was able to participate.

Docs for Morgan

For eight years, physicians from Carilion Clinic and students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine play basketball against each other to raise money for Docs for Morgan. In 2019 and 2020, 114 gameday donors gave an average of $118.45 to raise $13,503 for the Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship — named in honor of a Hokie lost in a 2009 murder — and helped 10 students pay for medical school.

Jump ball at Docs for Morgan event
Big Event

The Big Event

Since 2002, the student-run Big Event has engaged thousands of volunteers each year to serve the New River Valley community. The program’s 2018 crowdfunding campaign raised $2,125 from 41 donors. Each average gift of just under $52 was enough to buy five shovels, six rakes, or 10 pairs of gloves — all tools used by volunteers to complete 1,125 community service projects in a single day.

Adult day services

Care for older adults

Adult Day Services, a program of the Department of Human Development and Family Science, offers therapeutic skill-building activities and person-centered care for older adults in our New River Valley community. In March 2019, 231 supporters raised a total of $7,270 to support ADS, giving an average gift of just over $31. Their combined support is equivalent to the cost of 104 days of care for an older adult.

Leadership institute

CNRE Leadership Institute trip to D.C. and Richmond

The College of Natural Resources and Environment’s Leadership Institute annually gives 12 juniors and seniors a chance to meet government, nonprofit, and business leaders and develop skills to excel as future leaders and policymakers. Fifteen donors gave an average of $800 to raise $12,000 to send these students to Richmond and Washington, D.C.

Child fitted for soccer helmet

Helmet Lab

For nearly a decade, researchers in the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab have provided unbiased ratings, allowing consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets for sports and recreational activities that range from football to bicycling. In 2019, 84 donors raised $10,000 — an average gift of $119 — that the Helmet Lab used to test all the soccer headgear on the market. The lab went on to release the first-ever soccer headgear ratings. Soccer is the world's most popular sport and the leading cause of concussions among women athletes.


Geoscience Student Research Symposium

Geosciences students were able to run a research symposium with support from 71 supporters who contributed an average gift of $59 for a total of more than $4,200. Their generosity enabled nine undergraduate and 35 graduate students to attend the symposium, where they learned from each other, developed communications skills, and received feedback from faculty and peers.

Breed study

Cavalier King Charles spaniel cardiac research

Researchers in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine will model and monitor the hearts of Cavalier King Charles spaniels, a breed prone to heart trouble, thanks to 90 supporters who gave $137 on average — in total, they gave enough to cover the costs of participation for 48 Cavaliers. Treatments and preventive measures from this study could benefit millions of dogs.

New River Train Observatory

A team composed of architecture and sustainable biomaterials students custom-designed and built a train-viewing platform in the town of Radford. Twenty-two donors supported their effort with an average gift of $98, amounting to $2,150 in total - more than enough to cover the cost of building two of the platform’s laminated timber panels.

Train platform in Radford
Master gardner program

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners’ “Healthy Virginia Lawns”

Donors supported 239 Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in the “Healthy Virginia Lawns” program. Extension Master Gardeners contributed 6,285 volunteer hours and completed 1,049 nutrient management plans for homeowners, resulting in cleaner waterways and representing a return on investment of $3 for every $1 given.


In April 2019, a team of Virginia Tech students competed in NASA S.U.I.T.S., a national student challenge to design informational digital displays to fit inside an astronaut’s helmet. Their travel to the finals in Houston was made possible in part by 22 donors that gave an average of $52 - roughly the travel costs for one student to get there and back - for a total of $1,135. "I love that I was able to present our team’s hard work to a panel of real astronauts,” said Emily Harris, a student on the team.

The HokieNauts were one of 12 finalists in a NASA contest to create a communicatio device for astronauts.
People look at a leaf in the woods

Master Naturalist Program

134 donors raised $10,318 to support the Virginia Master Naturalist regional training program, where local chapter leaders learn crucial skills they can use to better organize and direct volunteer efforts. Their average gift of $77 is about as much as the cost of three hours of training for a group of chapter leaders.


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