Ways To Give

There are numerous ways to support the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and its School of Marine Science. However you choose to give and no matter the size of the gift, your donation makes you a partner in the work we do to protect and preserve our marine environment and coastal communities around the world.

Credit Card

Gifts to VIMS can be made online with a credit card or by calling Gift Administration of William & Mary at 757-221-1008.

To complete a credit card transaction, use the online VIMS gift form. If the gift is for a specific fund or endowment and you are utilizing the web form, enter the name of the fund in the field "Search for a Specific Fund" or start typing the word "VIMS" to see a full list. Click the "Select" button to choose the fund. 


Please make your check payable to the "VIMS Foundation" and designate in the memo line the allocation number or fund name if known. Checks should be mailed to our new address:

Office of University Advancement
Gift Administration
P. O. Box 1693
Harlan, IA 51593-1993


Electronic transfer is the simplest way to make a gift of securities to VIMS or the VIMS Foundation. Please see below for the routing instructions. If your stock is held at a broker, notify the broker that you wish to make a gift of securities to us. Your broker will need written authorization from you before they can make the transfer. Be sure to tell them the name of the stock that you want to transfer, the number of shares, and where you would like your gift to be designated.

NOTE: Due to the Patriot Act, the donor names are not always conveyed with the transfer. We also ask that you contact Gift Administration either by email at [[w|gifts]] or by called 757-221-1008 to let us know that the gift is in process. Shares are often transferred into our account without information, including the donor's name. Your phone call will allow us to match up your name with the correct stock gift.

Securities should be directly transferred to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation by: 

  • DTC#: Participant #2039 SEI Private Trust Co.
  • For Further Credit: Truist Bank
  • Account Number: 7987638
  • Account Name: VA Inst of Marine Science Fdn Gifts
  • Contact: Beverly Glenn 404-724-3556 or Dawn Keevill-Carey 404-588-8296, 

Gifts of personal property—non-monetary items of tangible personal property such as equipment, inventory or other materials—may also be made to VIMS. Before making such a gift, please contact Advancement for guidance.

Real Estate

A gift of real estate may be an effective way to support VIMS while accomplishing other important goals you may have. Suitable properties may include your personal residence or vacation home, farm, commercial property, agricultural land and unimproved or undeveloped lots.

Gifts of real estate require special planning and must be reviewed by the William & Mary Real Estate Foundation prior to acceptance. If the real estate is to be used to fund a William & Mary-managed trust, it must be reviewed by our corporate trustee prior to acceptance. The Office of Gift Planning can assist you in this process from start to finish. Visit Gift Planning for more information.