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Kinds of Gifts

Unrestricted Support

Unrestricted gifts directed to the Department are used at the discretion of the department head to fund the most pressing department priorities. By giving the department flexibility to distribute funds wherever necessary, such gifts enhance every aspect of student life in the department. Unrestricted gifts also enable the department to respond to unanticipated needs and opportunities by providing administrators and faculty with the resources to start and nurture programs and initiatives that may well shape the university’s future direction.

You can give directly to the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. Please contact the Department Head or College of Natural Resources and Environment, Director of Development:

Dr. Robert L. Smith, Department Head
Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
230 Cheatham Hall (0323)
Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA
Phone: (540) 231-8853

CNRE Office of Development

The College of Natural Resources and Environment Development Office serves its mission by securing resources to support the College’s students and faculty, and to enhance its programs for teaching, research and outreach. Our purpose is to foster relationships between the College, its friends, alumni and corporate partners, matching donors’ philanthropic interests with the College’s needs in our mutual desire to reach new levels of excellence in education, research and public service.

We appreciate every donation made to our College, and we strive to apply each gift for the maximum benefit to further CNR’s mission.

CNRE Development Office
(540) 231-7048
324 Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Endowed funds provide a permanent source of income to meet the needs of Department faculty and students. Endowed funds may be unrestricted or restricted for a specific purpose, such as chairs, distinguished professorships or fellowships. They may be established through an outright gift of cash, securities, a planned gift, or a bequest.

Memorial/Honorary Funds

A memorial fund can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life. Typically memorial funds are established for a specific purpose. Honorary funds can commemorate a significant event or honor someone who is still living.



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