Ways to Give

There are numerous ways to support the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and its School of Marine Science. Donors may make gifts and pledge payments by check, credit card, or Electronic Funds Transfer. You may also take advantage of tax savings that come from giving appreciated stocks, shares of mutual funds, or real estate. Many alumni and friends include the VIMS Foundation in their estate plans.

Annual Gifts

Annual unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund in the VIMS Foundation provide the greatest flexibility to support current needs ranging from research to equipment, to new programs.

Endowed Gifts

Endowed gifts allow you to make a long-term commitment to the health of the institution and to support faculty, students, or specific programs in perpetuity. The VIMS Foundation will assist you in preparing the guidelines for the use of your gift, whether for student support or a particular research area. The VIMS Foundation also has an unrestricted endowment fund that supports VIMS’ greatest needs.

How to Give

All gifts to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation are important to our future. Whether you are establishing an endowment, making an annual contribution, giving in memory of or in honor of someone, or donating to a capital project, there are a variety of ways you can contribute.


For annual support or for establishing an endowment, please make your check payable to the VIMS Foundation and mail to:

Office of University Development
Gift Accounting
P. O. Box 1693
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1693

Credit Card

To make your gift using a credit card during normal business hours, contact VIMS Advancement at 804-684-7846 or the Gift Accounting Office of William & Mary at 757-221-1008. You may also use the Give Now button on the left side to go to our online giving page.  Recurring gifts may be made through credit or debit card transactions at the online giving page.


To make a gift of securities to VIMS or the VIMS Foundation, contact the Gift Accounting Office of William & Mary at 757-221-1008.


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 Susan Maples (804-684-7846) in VIMS Advancement for guidance.

Deferred Gifts

If you are interested in making a deferred gift to the VIMS Foundation, please contact the William & Mary Planning Office at 757-221-1004 or VIMS Advancement at 804-684-7846.

There are many kinds of deferred gifts, including

  • Bequests with the VIMS Foundation as a beneficiary of your will
  • Revocable trust retirement plans, or other estate plans
  • Life insurance gifts
  • Charitable gift plans that provide life income
  • Gifts of assets in a qualified retirement plan, or
  • Charitable remainder trusts.

For all of these, please consult with your financial or legal advisor. Please contact one of the numbers above to discuss your interests or for further information about the appropriate language to achieve your goals.