About the Alumni Association Relationship

The Serpentine Society is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Alumni Interest Group (AIG) of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. Alumni Interest Groups (AIGs) are communities of alumni that share a commonality that have built a tie or bond to each other as part of the University experience.

The AIG program offers UVA alumni, family and friends opportunities to engage in the life of the University in Charlottesville and as well as regions across the country. These groups are volunteer organizations dedicated to celebrating connections, providing enrichment and continuing the UVA’s tradition of service.

Formed in 1838, the Alumni Association keeps its members and friends involved in the University’s present. No matter how far away (either in time or location) alumni have traveled from Charlottesville, their views on the governance of today’s University are represented.

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The UVA Fund

The Alumni Association serves as the Serpentine Society’s Fiscal Sponsor in order to support the activities of the University of Virginia and to provide a vehicle to accept and manage gifts on behalf of the University of Virginia. In this capacity, the UVa Fund of the Alumni Association receives grants, tax-deductible contributions, and bequests for the Serpentine Society’s use in carrying out its educational, charitable and social welfare services. It also provides management of the Society’s operating accounts and endowment funds.

Alumni Interest Groups

Alumni Interest Groups are micro-communities of alumni that share a commonality and have built a tie or bond to each other as part of the University experience. The Alumni Interest Group (AIG) program offers UVA alumni, family and friends opportunities to engage in the life of the University in several regions across the country. These groups are volunteer organizations dedicated to celebrating connections, providing enrichment and continuing the UVa’s tradition of service.

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These first AIGs developed in the 1990’s and included the Serpentine Society, the Ridley Scholarship Fund, the Bolivar Society, and AAPAAN, the Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network, and the Raven Society.

Over the past decade, the Alumni Association’s leadership has evolved the program to include fraternity, sorority and athletics AIGs as well as Madison House, Glee Club, WUVA and the Cavalier Daily AIGs.

Alumni connect through:

  • Volunteer leadership opportunities
  • Professional development and networking
  • Social activities and events
  • Prospective student admission outreach and current student advancement
  • Community service opportunities
  • Cultural activities and events
  • Reunions
  • Academic, educational and life-long learning opportunities

AIG Engagement Funding Program

The Alumni Interest Groups (AIG) Department at the University of Virginia Alumni Association is committed to supporting efforts to engage alumni through communications and events. Alumni boards are encouraged to request funding for engagement activities from the AIG department, in order to strengthen their outreach efforts to alumni. Application for funding is by invitation only.

Engagement funding is awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of organizational leadership structure and function
  • Strength of organizational strategic engagement plan
  • Number of engagement events proposed
  • Number of alumni engaged
  • Previous engagement event results
  • Demonstrated financial need

In February 2015, the Serpentine Society’s request for $1,200 in funding for fiscal year 2015-16 was approved in the full amount. These funds will cover printing and promotion costs for this year’s Fall Weekend.