Supporting an Essential Mission
The College of William & Mary Foundation’s defining and essential mission is to support the College’s deserving people and programs. By seeking private support and then diligently managing those funds, the Foundation makes possible the work of our students and faculty — providing vital funds for scholarships, professorships, research and program funding.
Since its formation in 1939, the role of private funding has become increasingly central to William & Mary's progress as an institution — a role that has been further heightened by the recent economic challenges within the Commonwealth, United States and world. Today, the stable source of revenue provided by the Foundation is literally indispensable to the campus's day-to-day activities, with the Foundation currently overseeing or serving as beneficiary of more than three quarters of the College's total endowment. (See Articles of Incorporation.)
The Foundation is a non-profit corporation and a public charity. An independent volunteer board of approximately 40 trustees leads the Foundation and advises staff members on the investment and management of gifts. The Investments Committee, which oversees the William & Mary Investment Trust (WAMIT), is one of the committees and sub-committees that oversee specific responsibilities of the Foundation. (See the Foundation's Tax Identification.)
Director of Foundation Operations