William & Mary deeply appreciates each and every gift from our incredible alumni, students, parents and extended community. Your generosity increases scholarship offerings for students, provides funds to support scholarly endeavors for faculty, augments academic programs, and enhances current facilities and helps build new ones. The College values your contributions to our community and we operate in accordance to the Donor Bill of Rights.
Through William & Mary Giving Societies, we recognize annual gifts from individuals and corporations that support all areas of the College. For all societies, membership is determined by gifts made during the previous fiscal year, which is from July 1 - June 30. For fiscal year 2016, which began July 1, 2015, there are several giving societies that help the College acknowledge and celebrate our donors and the impact of their gifts.
The College’s premier giving society, the James Blair Society recognizes individuals, corporations, and foundations that have made cumulative lifetime gifts of $1 million or more to the College.
The Royal Charter Society recognizes cumulative gifts of $500,000 up to $1 million.
The Wren Society recognizes gifts of $100,000 or more annually.
The Chancellor’s Society recognizes gifts of $25,000 or more annually.
The Green and Gold Society recognizes donations of $10,000 annually.
The President’s Society recognizes gifts of $5,000 or more annually to any area of the College. Alumni who have graduated during the past 5 years are afforded President’s Society membership as Young Guarde members with a gift of $2,500.
The Fourth Century Society recognizes gifts of $2,000 or more annually to any area of the College. Current students and alumni who have graduated during the past 4 years are afforded Fourth Century Society membership as Young Guarde members with a gift of $250, and alumni who have graduated during the past 5 to 9 years are afforded Fourth Century Society membership with a gift of $500.
This society recognizes those who have made future provisions for William & Mary in their estate plans, in any form or amount.
The Wren Bell has stood for centuries as a testament to William & Mary’s longevity. Even when the College was forced to close its doors for lack of funds from 1881 to 1888, President Benjamin Stoddert Ewell faithfully rang the Wren Bell every morning to signal William & Mary’s resilience. In the spirit of this bond, the Bell Society recognizes individuals who make gifts to the College in consecutive fiscal years. Consistent loyal support for William & Mary provides the College’s students and faculty the tools they need to thrive. There are four levels of Bell Society membership, depending upon years of consecutive giving:
• Cornerstone – Two to four years of consecutive giving
• Cobblestone – Five to 14 years of consecutive giving
• Milestone – 15 to 24 years of consecutive giving
• Bell-Ringing – 25 or more years of consecutive giving