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Why Give?

VTTI conducts cutting-edge research to save lives, time, and money and protect the environment. With nine divisions and centers researching a wide range of transportation solutions every day, your money will be funding diverse topics that can have an immediate global impact and help to:

  • Conduct and advance vital transportation-related research
  • Provide advanced training that produces highly skilled and effective transportation researchers and professionals
  • Award student scholarships to ensure promising applicants can conduct research without incurring overwhelming debt
  • Incorporate state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to ensure ubiquitous transportation research solutions
  • Recruit, maintain, and support world-class faculty and researchers

Many lives are lost each day in roadway collisions. The research being conducted at VTTI is striving to reduce the number of lives lost and create a safer environment for all road users. Support us as we advance transportation through innovation.

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VTTI Priorities

You can help shape the future of transportation by supporting our mission of saving lives, time, and money and protecting the environment.


Friends of VTTI

With a gift of any amount, you can contribute to the VTTI annual fund and support the greatest areas of need. Gifts to this fund will be used to advance the mission of transportation research, from operational support to funding projects to providing students with meaningful academic and work experience.

Make Your Impact

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the future at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. A gift of cash, property, assets, or a planned gift will help us fulfill our mission to save lives, time, and money, and protect the environment. Please see below for the various ways you can give and contact Carl Mitchell at 540-231-1548 or for any questions or additional support you may need.

Our specialized annual funds are essential to the continuing operations of the institute and are a great option for community members who want to support us but can't give at the level to create a named fund. These funds allow us to combine gifts from donors with similar passions in order to create the greatest impact – every dollar counts!

With a minimum three-year pledge of $30,000 ($10,000 per year), you can create a named fund that is awarded for the term of the pledge. These funds can be created in any area within the institute, and you will have the opportunity to specify how the funds will be used.

If you are interested in learning more about creating a named annual fund, please contact Carl Mitchell at 540-231-1548 or

Whether you wish to help future advancements in transportation, promote excellence in teaching and research, or support the work of VTTI's divisions and centers, your endowed gift will make a permanent impact. Endowed gifts are invested so that the earnings can provide valuable funding, year after year, in support of your philanthropic goals. Donors who create endowments may name them for themselves or for others whom they desire to honor or memorialize.

Learn more about named endowments

With a minimum commitment of $100,000, either as an outright gift or a pledge to be fulfilled within five years, you can create a named endowment that will provide annual funding in perpetuity. If you are interested in learning more about creating a named endowment, please contact Carl Mitchell at 540-231-1548 or

Make us a part of your legacy by naming the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute as a beneficiary of your estate, retirement account, life insurance policy, or other assets. Based on the amount, you can establish a future endowment, a future named annual fund, or contribute to any fund that sparks your passion.

If you are interested in establishing a planned gift, please contact Carl Mitchell at 540-231-1548 or

Gifts to the institute can come in many forms. While cash gifts are essential and may be what first comes to mind, there are many other ways that you can provide support. Financial planning can ensure the gift you make accomplishes your personal and charitable goals. Follow the links below to learn more about the different ways you can give to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

To discuss these options in more detail, please contact Carl Mitchell at 540-231-1548 or

Meet our Team

Part of VTTI’s Advancement, Partnerships, & Outreach group, our development team is dedicated to connecting our community members to the institute and helping them make their desired impact through philanthropic support.

Carl Mitchell

Carl Mitchell

Associate Director of VTTI Advancement & LINK @ Virginia Tech


When you make a gift to VTTI, you join other individuals, corporations, and associations in supporting an indispensable resource for advancing transportation safety.

If you are interested in speaking with someone about making a gift to VTTI, please contact:

Carl E. Mitchell, MS

Associate Director of VTTI Advancement & LINK @ Virginia Tech
  • 3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • 540-231-1548
  • 540-231-1555