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Why Give

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When you give to the University of Nevada, Reno, you take a critical role in support of advancing knowledge, artistic expression, scientific discovery, technological progress, and our community's economic development.

Thanks to our alumni, friends and partners, Nevada will continue its tradition of excellence and service.

The support of our alumni, partners, and friends makes an impact across campus, in every field from Basque studies to biology, and beyond campus by helping us graduate students prepared to lead our community. We invite you to explore the ways your gifts contribute directly to the lives of our students and faculty, while funding the high-impact, world-changing research performed on campus.

With over 3,000 scholarships funded through annual and endowed funds, we are able to provide needed support to students from all over the world. For an example of how our friends help foster student success, read about the support John '76 and Deri Bowen provide Library student employees.

From the medical arts to the fine arts, our faculty are leaders in their fields. Endowed professorships, research grants, and gifts from our alumni, partners, and friends ensure we attract the brightest minds to train the next generation of thinkers and leaders. For an example of how philanthropists have helped our faculty, meet Tammy Abernathy Vineyard, a recent recipient of the Judith S. Bible Teaching Excellence in Education Award.

The University of Nevada, Reno is dedicated to performing high-impact research and producing technologies and ideas that shape the world. From ensuring food and biofuel crops are drought resistant to identifying a recently discovered first folio of Shakespeare's works, our faculty and students are trusted innovators and leaders in a wide range of fields. Through a comprehensive combination of classroom and hands-on instruction, our students receive an education that enriches their lives and improves our community and the world. For an example of generous philanthropic support of the high-impact research performed on campus, read about the late Lillian Gilbert and her personal reasons for naming the University in her estate plans

With each passing year, the University continues to build world-class facilities that help us respond to the changing needs of our students, faculty, and the community. Thanks to generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations, the University recently opened the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center.

It is our pleasure to recognize the alumni, partners, and friends who support the University.

Honor Court
Nevada Legacy Society
Silver & Blue Society
University Associates

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

If you would like to get involved with the University, explore the programs and initiatives you can support.