Why Give

Old Dominion University has grown with its student body, the expansion of its mission, its commitment to excellence, and the needs of its community for highly educated, technically proficient graduates in the workforce. Gifts to the University allow it to grow in ways that other funding cannot accomplish. Private gifts allow for programs that government funding does not, or cannot, support. Scholarships, special acquisitions, equipment purchases, and the creation of endowments to attract and keep top faculty are just a few of the ways private gifts enhance the quality of an Old Dominion University education.

Below are a few examples of why our generous donors invest in the University:

  • You are a graduate who wants current and future ODU students to have similar experiences and opportunities to the ones that opened doors for you.
  • You wish to strengthen the university’s academic and research initiatives, or are interested in a particular program and want to see it grow and succeed.
  • You have an investment in the community and you recognize how Old Dominion University enhances the quality of life in Hampton Roads.
  • You want to increase ODU’s student involvement, scholarships and faculty development.

Did you Know?

The U.S. News and World Report takes alumni giving into account each year when ranking institutions of higher learning.

The greater the number of alumni gifts, the higher Old Dominion University ranks in the The U.S. News and World Report. This makes your ODU degree more valuable.


“Because of scholarships like yours I have made it to the second semester of my Master’s Degree at ODU without debt.”

‐ Violet Galante

The Harriet W. ’69 and Burl Fisher Endowed Scholarship in History