Why Give?

Philanthropy plays a crucial role at VanderCook, providing funding to help us meet a variety of needs. Philanthropy is about more than dollars and cents. It’s about you directly influencing the students of VanderCook and the future of music education, improving life for people here and around the globe through your belief in the importance of music. Your philanthropy makes the difference and makes great things happen. 

Every gift matters…
Gifts to VanderCook come in many forms and sizes and each one truly makes a difference. You may wonder how a small contribution can matter to the college – how it can “make a dent.” Combined with other donor gifts, even a relatively minor contribution can make a major impact.

Every gift helps VanderCook operate efficiently and responsibly.
Each and every dollar you contribute helps us keep our tuition below the national average for private colleges and universities. Every dollar helps us offer a powerful, total immersion experience in a bricks-and-mortar learning environment. 

Every gift supports our students.
Our diverse student body comes from the greater Chicago area, Illinois and the Midwest, from as far away as California and Alaska, Nigeria and China. And though each student brings with them a unique set of experiences, they all have one thing in common: they all aspire to be music teachers trained and educated in the VanderCook tradition. What better return on your investment than the success of our students?

Every gift strengthens the VanderCook family.
Your gift affirms your belief in the power of music and lets each and every member of our college family know that you support their work. Your support sends the message to our students that you care, that you are tangibly encouraging them to follow their dreams so that someday, they too can share their passion for music with children of all ages. Your investment in VanderCook shows that VanderCook matters to you, and makes VanderCook matter to others.

Every gift is an investment in the future of music education.
Our students choose VanderCook knowing that the tradition and values of H.A. VanderCook will make them the best in their field. As the needs of music education students evolve with each generation, VanderCook promises to expand on its legacy. Your gifts will cement VanderCook’s position as the leader in music education well into the future. Let’s secure the future of music education together.

Thank you for your generosity and support!



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