The fifth annual One Tribe One Day (OTOD) is taking place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This is William & Mary’s single largest giving day of the year.
The entire Tribe family — students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends — can participate by making a gift and gathering together at fun activities on campus and around the world. A list of OTOD events and locations may be here.
Last year, 12,658 donors gave a total of $2.4 million on One Tribe One Day. This year, the goal is to reach at least 14,000 donors in a single day with those donors giving to areas that mean the most to them at William & Mary.
The popular OTOD video series on social media featuring President Taylor Reveley will return this year. The W&M community may follow the progress of OTOD at www.wm.edu/OTOD or on social media with the hashtag #OneTribeOneDay.
The impact of One Tribe One Day can be seen in countless ways at the university, including:
- Nearly $93,000 has been raised through the Scholarships Impact Fund on OTOD since 2014. To put this into perspective, William & Mary’s average amount of undergraduate scholarship support has been approximately $15,000. The university has funded a total of six annual scholarships, thanks to support on OTOD.
- Gifts are supporting many activities in the Arts & Sciences music department, including funding for guest artists to visit campus to lead master classes and work closely with music students. Fifty-three music students have also received scholarships support for lessons.
- OTOD is funding annual excellence awards — recognizing academic distinction and research achievements within Arts & Sciences — to graduating seniors, as well as undergraduate student research presentations at professional conferences.
- OTOD challenges have supported William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) General Graduate Student Endowment. This year, VIMS awarded money from that endowment to Darbi Jones, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aquatic Health Sciences, who is focusing her research on infectious diseases in fish.
- Last year, 15 OTOD donors contributed a collective $5,855 to the Howard J. Busbee Finance Academy, a student organization at the business school’s Boehly Center. Gifts to this organization fund the Training the Street Program as well as the annual DoG St. to Wall St. event and speakers from the finance industry.
- Eighty-two OTOD donors contributed a collective $17,358 to MBA scholarships last year.
- An alumna made a gift to her grandfather’s memorial professorship endowment. The Dalton Professorship is currently held by Professor Rajiv Kohl, who is world renowned expert in healthcare informatics.
- Funds have created the inaugural Chris Creech Award at William & Mary Law School to recognize a deserving member of the law school staff for their outstanding service and commitment. Gifts made in honor of the late Lizbeth Jackson on OTOD also helped to fund a flagpole and seating area outside of the law school.
- OTOD supports the library’s oral history program and recently provided funding for William & Mary Libraries to become a sponsor of the Global Film Festival. At the festival, W&M Libraries hosted filmmaking workshops taught by alumni and coordinated a visit of Cuban graphic artist “Alucho.”
- Gifts also allowed student Alex Wingate ’18 to study at the London Rare Book School for the past two summers through W&M Libraries. This experience has led to her taking a position at an archives graduate program in London.