Why Consistent Giving Matters                  

You help us move Radford University forward! When you make a recurring monthly or annual gift to Radford, you support our program needs and expand the opportunities and funding available to our students. Your support allows us to carry out the good work of Radford University year after year.

Patricia Griffin '58 supports the next generation of Highlanders by giving annually to the Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund.

What does it take to be a consistent donor to what you’re passionate about at Radford? Getting started! Every gift matters.

Patricia Griffin ’58, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Radford, has been a consistent giver for many years. What inspires her to give?

“I was happy at Radford and hope to pass it on to younger people,” said Griffin.

Griffin’s graduation class began the Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund as they celebrated their 40th class reunion, and she has supported the fund since its inception. Over the years, the scholarship has benefitted many students, including Griffin’s granddaughter who earned a master’s degree in social work from Radford.

“I enjoyed my years at Radford, received a great education, made life-long friends and met my husband, Jim — he was at VPI, who I was married to for 29.5 years until his death in 1988,” said Griffin. “I want to be a help to students so that they can complete their education.”

Griffin encourages fellow alumni to think about your time as a college student, what Radford did for you and pass it on to the current generation of students.

Gifts to Radford University strengthen the value of your degree. Rankings are connected to alumni giving and participation, so when you give, you elevate the value of your own Radford education. You also make it possible for current and future students to freely pursue their passions, unhindered by financial stress or the prospect of insurmountable debt. It’s a great way to support deserving students who have invested in themselves by committing to their artistic, athletic and academic pursuits as well as those students who serve their community with an others-first mentality.  That’s the spirit of a true Highlander!

Your support allows Radford to recruit and retain talented, student-centered professors committed to engaging and nurturing our students.  Philanthropy funds research experiences for our undergraduate students that rival many national graduate programs and allows students to gain invaluable hands-on learning in and out of the classroom.

As an added bonus, your employer may match your donation, which makes your gift go farther. Check to see if your employer will match your gift.

These are only a few ways that your gifts impact Radford University and our students. Best of all, giving back feels good — and it’s contagious!