More About Canby Robinson Society

Q. I dont know if my past gifts are now with Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center. How can I find out?

A. Contact Eric Rhinehardt at (615) 343-4555 or at eric.rhinehardt@vumc.org with any questions about this change and he can go over the ins and outs of it with you.


Q. I have split my past gifts between the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Does this mean that I am no longer recognized by the Canby Robinson Society? Am I recognized by more than one society?

A. If you are currently recognized at the Canby Robinson Society level, regardless of where your gifts have been designated, your current recognition will remain active until December 31, 2016. It is possible that you may be recognized by more than one donor society based upon the circumstances of your individual giving.


Q. Does this affect my recognition as a Canby Robinson Society Lifetime Member?

A. Your CRS recognition as a lifetime member will remain active regardless of where your past gifts were or future contributions will be designated. Please note that after December 31, 2016, a change in recognition timing will occur: CRS will recognize giving on a calendar-year basis so that it coincides with the tax year. As of January 1, 2017, CRS will recognize individuals whose outright gifts to VUMC programs and services total $2,500 or more in the calendar year.


Q. What is the giving or membership year?

A. If you are a current CRS member, you will be recognized through the end of 2016, regardless of where you have designated your giving. As of January 1, 2017, recognition will be based on the calendar year, to coincide with the tax year. This is a change from the past when recognition was based upon the Vanderbilt fiscal year. Your recognition packets will be mailed every year in January.


Q. What are outright gifts?

A. CRS recognizes donors who make outright gifts to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Outright gifts are contributions such as cash gifts, gifts of stock or pledge payments. A pledge commitment itself is not considered an outright gift, but each payment made toward the fulfillment of a pledge does fit this definition and therefore would be recognized by CRS at qualifying levels. Beginning January 1, 2017, pledge payments totaling $2,500 in a single calendar year will be recognized.


Q. I have a pledge of $2,500 that I am paying over two years. Is this recognized by CRS?

A. Beginning January 1, 2017, pledge payments totaling $2,500 in a single calendar year will be recognized. A pledge commitment itself is not considered an outright gift, but each payment made toward the fulfillment of a pledge does fit this definition.


Q. I have an active recurring pledge payment to VUMC. Will these gifts be recognized by CRS?

A. Payroll and credit card deductions as well as bank drafts also known as electronic funds transfers or EFTs are recognized at the beginning of the new calendar year. Donors who make gifts of $202.33 or more each month this way will receive membership packets at the beginning of the membership (calendar) year.


Q. I give to support the Canby Robinson Scholars. Are gifts like mine no longer recognized by the Canby Robinson Society?

A. Because scholarships support the academic experience of medical students within the School of Medicine, support for the Canby Robinson Scholars will remain with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Canby Robinson Society only recognizes gifts to Vanderbilt University Medical Center now that the two organizations are separate. Gifts supporting medical school scholarships should be directed to the School of Medicine. Gifts supporting nursing student scholarships should be directed to the School of Nursing.


Q. Will I continue to receive CRS parking privileges and a parking decal? Is this changing in any way?

A. Parking privileges will remain as a CRS benefit with VUMC. Complimentary, fast and convenient valet parking also is available at Medical Center East, the Vanderbilt Clinic, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt.


Q. Who is the contact for the Julia Hereford Society at the School of Nursing?

A. For more information about the Julia Hereford Society, please contact Tayler Murguia, development coordinator, at (615) 343-1635 or vusn-giving@vanderbilt.edu.


Q. Who is the contact for the John E. Chapman, M.D. Society at the School of Medicine?

A. For more information about the John E. Chapman, M.D. Society, please contact Steven Barnes, associate dean for development for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, at (615) 343-4474 or vusmgiving@vanderbilt.edu.