Areas of Giving

From honoring an individual caregiver to endowing future research in a medical field that has touched your life, everyone has a deeply personal reason for giving. That’s why VCU Health offers you so many ways to direct your gift. We want you to design your giving in the way that is most meaningful to you. Your priority is our priority, and we know how to make the most of every gift.

See the many ways you can help – and the many ways you can give to make a lasting impact.


Take three distinguished research organizations, combine their expertise, and the synergy and collaboration will result in astonishing new thinking. VCU Health is in the process of merging VCU Pauley Heart Center, the Victoria Johnson Center for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and VCURES (Reanimation Engineering Science Institute) to create a major cardiovascular, pulmonary and critical care research center. This effort will require significant funding for new research space and endowments to recruit top scientists across a wide range of disciplines, to support their advanced research and propel VCU’s cardiopulmonary research to international prominence.


The closely-connected crisis of the rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in our community continues to accelerate—shortening lives, devastating health and straining health care resources to the breaking point. Over the years, VCU Health has supported several nationally-recognized programs to fight this epidemic. Now it is time to combine forces. With your help, we can bring together a unique, multi-disciplinary task force to tackle this health challenge head on—deploying strategies from research and treatment, to prevention education and weight-loss programs.


As a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, Massey is among the top five percent of all cancer centers in the U.S. We are truly helping lead and shape the nation’s fight against cancer, but we can’t continue our progress without your help.

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The neuroscience research community at VCU Heath is one of the most prestigious in the nation. Right now, they work in pockets of specialization. Today, we have a unique opportunity to bring this brain trust together in a new, state-of-the-art research facility. By building this center, we can leverage the power of collaborative research while eliminating the cost of redundant facilities. The timing is critical. A neuroscience center of this scale will enable us to access significant new Federal and state funding for neuroscience research, so your gift will help our researchers launch full-scale investigations into the most promising areas of brain science.

Behavioral (Mental) Health

From Alzheimer’s to anxiety, from autism to ADHD, VCU Health has a broad expertise that reaches across every community for both adult and pediatric care. Mental health impacts 1 in 5 children. Your support can help us meet this need as we work to expand our inpatient services for children and build a new facility in Richmond.

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Transplantation and Critical Care

VCU Health was one of the pioneers in organ transplants. Today, we continue to play a leading role in new research on the critical care of patients experiencing organ failure. With your support, we have the opportunity to recruit five world-class researchers in transplant immunology and regenerative medicine. Their expertise will boost our academic prominence in this important field. More important, they will help us find new answers—and save and enhance more lives through the gifts of life that are organ donations.

Children’s Health

VCU Health has been providing pediatric care for nearly 100 years. In 2010, we joined with Children’s Hospital of Richmond to create Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU ( We now operate the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Virginia, and the medical, surgical, mental health and therapy services we offer the families of our region are comprehensive. In addition to clinical care, we’re committed to educating future health care providers and discovering new treatments through innovative research. The dedication, care and compassion we bring these children comes naturally. This same caring and compassion are reflected in your gifts to CHoR.

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Medical Education

Scholarship Programs

For a hundred years, the citizens of our community have reached deep with donations and bequests to endow scholarships for deserving students entering health care professions. We educate and train hundreds of medical students, nurses, dentists, therapists and other health care providers every year – and we’re deeply concerned. For example, even with scholarship assistance, a future physician must complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, and years of internship, residencies and fellowships—leaving her deeply in debt before she even begins practicing. We all pay a price for that debt, as fewer and fewer students aim for careers as primary care physicians, family doctors or psychiatrists – particularly in poorer, underserved regions . We see the same burden and challenges in other fields. We have to address the problem of student debt and expand our scholarship funds. To do that, we have to turn to you.

VCU School of Allied Health Professions

The VCU School of Allied Health Professions educates the students who form the backbone of our health care system: radiology technicians, nurse anesthetists, physical and occupational therapists, lab techs, counselors, administrators and more. They enter these fields without the expectation of great financial rewards: they want to help people. Their training is expensive, so the need for scholarships is pressing, particularly because VCU Heath reaches out across the state to encourage bright but underprivileged students to enter health care fields.

VCU Medical School

Every year, approximately 1,000 students attend VCU Medical School, Virginia’s oldest and largest. It is a life-changing learning experience for students, giving them the opportunity to provide exceptional care for the sick and use their curiosity for the medical research and discovery that changes the world. They are our future, and they need your help. Last year, our newly minted M.D.s graduated with an average student debt of almost $160,000. Building our scholarship fund is among our highest priority. In recent years, community members have funded 78 new private, need based scholarship programs. As tuition and costs rise, we need to pick up the pace. From a $50 gift to our Annual Fund to the $1 million endowment, your gift eases the burden on the 80% of our student who turn to us for financial assistance.

VCU Nursing School

In a time when our region faces a critical shortage of nurses, the quality of the training offered at the VCU School of Nursing attracts the best and brightest students, ready to take on the most challenging work of their lives. The cost of maintaining those standards is high. For our nursing graduates entering a field of “competitive wages,” the personal cost of their educations even higher. Your gift to our Annual Fund helps ensure we offer the finest training; your gift to our scholarship funds allow us to continue to attract bright students with the greatest potential, and allows them to focus on their careers rather than their debt.


As the aging population grows in the United States, the demand for orthopaedic and rehabilitation services will increase as musculoskeletal diseases come to affect over a third of the population. Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s programs are ranked among the Nation’s Top 50 Hospitals for Orthopaedic Care in U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016 and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center serving Central Virginia. In addition, VCU’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department serves as a national leader in the field, and also ranks within the U.S. News & World Report top programs.

Priorities for supporting musculoskeletal medicine include research funding, faculty support and investment in clinical care programs and environments. Through your support we will help honor the rich tradition of excellence in the musculoskeletal field at VCU Medical Center and enable the highest level of comprehensive patient care possible.

Special and Personal Initiatives

Some give to honor the nurse who held their hand during a difficult moment, or the doctor who gave you reason to hope. Some give to honor the memory of a loved one in a deeply meaningful way. Some fund research with the desire to cure of a disease that touched their lives. Philanthropy is deeply personal. At VCU Health, you can designate your gift for whatever purpose you choose – and we will honor your request.

To discuss your personal gifts or to design a special giving initiative or program for yourself, your business or organization, talk to us at (804) 828-4100 or email and make a difference.