How You Can Help

Your gifts to VanderCook College of Music allow us to continue to be one of the nation’s leading institutions in the field of music education, fostering teachers with strong character, skill in teaching, and respect for the essential role of music in our culture. Our success has been made possible through the generous support of alumni and friends. Our continued success means we must turn to you for help.

We offer numerous opportunities for you to share your passion for music education with VanderCook.

  • Our goal for the 2017 Share Your Passion Campaign is $100,000. The 2016 campaign closed just over $80,000.  Only you can help us make our 2017 goal and support the day-to-day operations of the college.

  • Each year, we have 2 important fundraisers for the Great Teachers Scholarship Fund:  The annual A Night at the Pops, and the TrusTEE Open Golf Outing.  In FY 2015-2016, these events generated over $70,000, all for institutional scholarship aid for our undergraduate students.

  • Attend A Night at the Pops or the TrusTEE Open Golf Outing with family, friends, and colleagues. We promise you will meet some great people - fellow alumni and supporters of  VanderCook - while having a wonderful time.

  • Donate items for our silent auction at A Night at the Pops and items for our raffle and golfer swag bag at the TrusTEE Open Golf Outing.

  • Become an event sponsor or encourage vendors and businesses you patronize to become event sponsors.

  • Make a personal donation to the Great Teachers Scholarship Fund or to one of VanderCook’s restricted scholarship funds.

  • Include VanderCook in your estate plans.

  • Remember VanderCook in your will.

  • Make gift of stock or mutual funds from your investment portfolio.

Your gifts make a significant difference in the lives of VanderCook students and in the field of music education.  All of these gifts are important and are greatly appreciated.


Making a good gift better…

Gifts to VanderCook can be increased – even doubled or tripled – with corporate matching gift programs.  That’s what Ohio alumnus Steve Gilmore (M.M.Ed. 1996) and his wife, Marilyn Kuchta have done for the past several years.  The combination of Steve’s passion for music education and VanderCook and Marilyn’s background in the corporate sector inspired the couple to pursue a match for their commitment to the annual Share Your Passion campaign. They wanted to get the best “bang for the buck” and knew Marilyn’s employer, Chase, would be happy to magnify their donation to the college.

Steve and Marilyn work with Chase’s human resources department and corporate website to secure the match for their annual gift.  Marilyn describes the process as “easy and worth the effort to do it.”  Many companies look for ways to be good corporate citizens and they are particularly interested in supporting educational institutions like VanderCook.  Companies typically have lists of approved match recipients.  Should VanderCook not be listed, donors may contact the Development Office at 312-788-1131 or for the college’s tax ID number to submit to their corporate HR office.  The corporation then serves as the third party administrator and forwards the match directly to VanderCook.

For Steve and Marilyn, the process has been a painless way to make their good gift better.  Steve hopes that others – alumni, spouses, and parents – pursue matches for their contributions to the college.  For Marilyn, this was also a way for her to thank VanderCook for the wonderful summer experiences Steve had pursuing his M.M.Ed.  She hopes every alumnus recognizes the ways they can sustain the college.  As Steve says, “VanderCook was there for me to nurture my passion for music.  VanderCook was there for others. Help them be there for the next generations.”

Please contact the Development Office at 312-788-1131 or



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