Giving to Family and Consumer Sciences

The family unit is the cornerstone of a healthy community. Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program area strives to improve the well-being of Virginia families through programs that help put research-based knowledge to work in people’s lives.  FCS programs reach tens of thousands of families across the commonwealth each year helping Virginians make good choices for themselves and their families, which strengthens their communities.  Increased financial support is necessary to continue to improve the quality of educational programs for which FCS is known.  You can make a difference by contributing to the VCE Family and Consumer Sciences Fund.

Whether preventing chronic disease with a healthy diet, purchasing a family home, handling food safely, using credit wisely, planning for elder care needs, or identifying quality childcare, Virginians benefit from the comprehensive education in three FCS areas: 1) food, nutrition and health; 2) family financial management; and 3) family and human development.

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Help FCS help others…. your gift can support the following areas:

  • Endowed agent and/or specialist faculty positions
  • FCS Agent Professional Conference, travel support and recognition
  • Living Well Newsletter
  • FCS program support
  • FCS paraprofessional positions to reach limited resource families with financial management and parenting education

Your gift will support and enhance the VCE family and consumer sciences program. Support from individuals, companies, foundations and other organizations enable us to fund innovative new programs and improve existing programs throughout Virginia. Gifts of any size are welcome and may be made in several ways.

Your gift to the VCE Family and Consumer Sciences Fund could be doubled if your company matches charitable gifts. To see if your employer is among the matching-gift companies, check with your personnel office or visit the Virginia Tech's Matching Gifts website. Complete the necessary form and return it with your gift.

You can donate to VCE FCS in a variety of ways, including current gifts such as cash, property, corporate matching, and securities; or planned gifts such as life insurance, wills/bequests, memorials, and charitable trusts/annuities. Many large gifts require careful planning. Virginia Cooperative Extension welcomes the opportunity to work with prospective donors.

To learn more, please contact the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Office at 540-231-5546.


For more information on how you can support the Virginia Family and Consumer Sciences program, please contact:

Vernon Meacham
Director of Development
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3071
vmeacham@vt.edu


Benjamin B. Grove
Director of Development, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Associate Director of Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-7640
begrove@vt.edu


Crystal Graham
Virginia Cooperative Extension, Development Fiscal Associate
216 Hutcheson Hall (0402)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3360
csgraham@vt.edu