Support NIAHD


 Offering outstanding academic programs in early American history

The National Institute of American History and Democracy is a unique institute at William & Mary sponsored jointly by the College and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It offers three outstanding programs. The two stellar academic programs on the collegiate level focus upon early American history, public history, museum studies, and material culture. Students at William and Mary may participate in the Williamsburg Collegiate Program while students from other colleges and universities can enroll in the Williamsburg Semester-in-Residence Program. The third program, the exciting Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History, enrolls high school students who display a passion for American history. It is dedicated to teaching early American history "on site" at the remarkable historic sites, museums, and archaeological locations throughout Virginia.


The NIAHD hopes to increase its funding and eventually build an endowment. We encourage parents, alumni, businesses, and foundations to support the institute and its programs and to make gifts to the NIAHD as an annual part of their charitable giving. Gifts to the NIAHD and William & Mary are tax deductible according to 501(c) regulations of the IRS code.

The institute and all three programs survive through support from William & Mary and private gifts. Annual unrestricted gifts are critical to the NIAHD and make it possible for the NIAHD to continue. The NIAHD uses gifts to support the hiring of instructors and staff for all three programs. Private gifts also make it possible to assist students in the summer with limited scholarships. Private gifts from parents, students, and foundations assist greatly in keeping the institute operating from year to year.

Methods of Giving

Unrestricted gifts can come to the NIAHD in several ways:

  • Gifts made online through our website (see below)

You can contribute online now with your credit card, using our secure web server. The contribution form will be pre-selected to direct your gift to the NIAHD fund, which gives us the most flexibility in meeting student and faculty needs.

Matching Gift Program

Many companies encourage employees, their families, and retirees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support. Matching gifts can double, or even triple, the impact of your igift. Your Human Resources office will be able to tell you if your employer has a matching gift program and provide details on how to secure the matched funds. You may also use the College's Matching Gift Search page to see if your company has a matching giving program.

For More Information

To further explore giving options that will be meaningful and beneficial to you, please contact [[as-development, Arts & Sciences Development]].

Gifts supporting the departments and programs of Arts & Sciences at William & Mary are tax-deductible according to regulations governing section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.