William and Mary

Why Give?

There is only one William & Mary, but many reasons to give.

Make an Impact

Annual donors sustain and strengthen the student experience, supporting financial aid, faculty and academic programs, and other emerging needs opportunities.  Annual gifts are both expendable—which means they can be spent today to meet immediate needs—and unrestricted—which means the president, dean or program director can direct the funds in the way they are needed most.  All annual gifts play a crucial role in assuring the College's stability and progress.

Pay it Forward

The cost of a William & Mary education is not covered by tuition and state support alone.  All students are subsidized by the generosity of alumni, parents and friends.  As state funding for William & Mary has decreased, annual gifts have become increasingly important. In fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013), 31,141  members of the William & Mary family, including a record number of alumni, made gifts to the College.

Cast Your Vote

Your loyal support demonstrates that William & Mary matters to you.  You believe in the College and what it has to offer.  Alumni participation rates are used by corporations and foundations in making funding decisions and are factored into rankings such as US News & World Report.  Participation rates are also important to prospective students who want to know they will join a strong and committed alumni community.

Make a Smart Investment

William & Mary is a good steward of its resources.  Ranked among the top four public institutions for graduation rate (Chronicle of Higher Education 2012), the College currently is ranked 4th best value among public universities by The Princeton Review.  And while the College is 32rd in quality according to U.S. News & World Report, the same publication ranks it just 112th in financial resources—the lowest ranking  among top 50 universities.

Because Gifts of All Sizes Matter

Last year, gifts of $250 and less totaled nearly $3 million.  Collectively, gifts of all sizes make a significant impact for William & Mary and our students.