VCU KICKS OFF LEGACY FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE

In November, the Ram Athletic Fund unveiled its Legacy Fundraising Initiative, a planned giving campaign designed to benefit the VCU student-athlete experience, as well as ensure the department’s financial security.

"I have talked for more than four years about building VCU Athletics to achieve sustainable success," said Ed McLaughlin, Associate VP/Director of Athletics. "Our future success and growth will need initiatives like the Legacy Campaign to ensure our position as one of the elite athletic departments in the country. I'm thrilled that some of our long-time fans have a permanent investment in our future."  
 
Twenty-five VCU supporters attended the first Legacy event prior to the Rams’ men’s basketball game with Binghamton on Nov. 18. Longtime VCU supporters Stuart Siegel and Bill Jones addressed the group to express why planned giving was right for them.
 
"Over the years, my passion for VCU Athletics has always been a central part of my philanthropy,” said Siegel, whose name adorns VCU’s basketball arena. “As I thought about estate planning, VCU was once again an important focus of my legacy. Our first legacy event was very well attended, and I'm excited to see the enthusiasm from others who share my love and passion for our program."
 
"I established my scholarships to help the future generations of my family to remember the importance of giving back,” added Jones. “I hope folks consider doing the same for their families.”
 
Planned gifts allow individual donors to meet their personal and financial goals, while supporting their philanthropic aspirations for VCU Athletics.
 
"Kicking off our Legacy giving program is a critical step for our strategic fundraising efforts” said VCU Executive Associate Athletic Director Glenn Hofmann. "Listening to Stuart (Siegel) and Bill (Jones) talk with passion about why they have invested in VCU Athletics and our future is inspiring and gives great confidence that we will continue to provide our student-athletes with a positive experience."
 
For more information on the VCU Legacy Fundraising Initiative, contact Glenn Hofmann at 804-828-7398 or via email at gahofmann@vcu.edu.