Gifts Supporting The College
Minimum Gift$5,000,000Dean's Position
Gifts at this level may endow and name one of the academic deanships at Washington and Lee. A special opportunity exists to use the Lenfest Challenge to meet the minimum threshold for these professorships by December 31, 2010.
Minimum Gift$5,000,000Named Interdisciplinary Program
Under the guidance of the Deans and Provost, gifts naming and endowing enduring interdisciplinary programs significantly strengthen these programs by supporting their faculty appointments and academic initiatives.
Minimum Gift$2,500,000Professorships (to name an existing position)
These gifts allow Washington and Lee to recognize and support its best and most senior faculty members. A special opportunity exists to use the Lenfest Challenge to meet the minimum threshold for these professorships by December 31, 2010.
Minimum Gift$2,500,000Named Directorship of an Interdisciplinary Program
A named directorship of an interdisciplinary program strengthens the program and recognizes the faculty director, whose primary appointment is in a department, for exceptional leadership, teaching, service and contributions to their profession.
Minimum Gift$1,500,000Visiting Scholars and Artists
Gifts allow Washington and Lee to bring distinguished scholars and artists from around the country and the world to campus to enrich the curriculum with academic expertise not represented in the permanent faculty.
Minimum Gift$1,000,000Coaching Positions
Donors may name a head coaching position through the establishment of an endowment to support coaches salaries within the Athletic Department. A special opportunity exists to use the Lenfest Challenge to meet the minimum threshold for these professorships by December 31, 2010.
Minimum Gift$500,000Term Professorships
These awards honor mid-career faculty for outstanding teaching and scholarship, and help recruit, retain and recognize these individuals. Term professorships are awarded on a rotating basis and recognize a different professor, currently every three years.
Minimum Gift$500,000Program Endowments
Donors may choose to name and endow the undergraduate advising or the Science Society, and the Arts programs. A specific naming level for each program is available from the Office of University Development.
Minimum Gift$250,000First-Year Seminars
Gifts supporting First-Year Seminars assist Washington and Lee in offering new courses especially designed for first-year students. Donors may state some preferences for their named seminar such as a discipline or a broad field of study, helping the University mount a first-year seminar in that broad field when student and faculty interest allow.
Minimum Gift$250,000Visiting Lecturers and Executives
Gifts allow Washington and Lee to bring distinguished academic and professional visitors from around the world to campus for shorter periods of time, to work directly with students and to interact with Washington and Lee faculty.
Minimum Gift$100,000International Learning Opportunities
Give a student the opportunity to interact with other cultures, other economies, and other political systems by supporting study abroad experiences.
Minimum Gift$100,000Department and Program Support Funds
Departmental and Program Support Funds help to underwrite the many educational events and activities, such as seminar series and special speakers, that are so important in enriching the academic life of the University.
Minimum Gift$100,000Faculty Initiatives
Gifts assist Washington and Lee faculty in revitalizing the curriculum, and celebrate and support the unique and rich opportunities the University’s curriculum affords for student learning. Gifts to a faculty initiatives fund may support such activities as: new course development; curriculum innovation; faculty professional development, including the Glenn grants and research abroad during the summer; and electronic research resources (databases, etc.) to support faculty research.
Gifts support student participation in semester-long learning experiences like the Washington Term Program and the New York Internship Program as well as internship opportunities across the curriculum.
Minimum Gift$100,000Summer Research
Funds provide opportunities for students to participate in faculty-mentored and independent summer research through programs like the R.E. Lee Scholars.
Minimum Gift$100,000Faculty Initiatives
Funds supporting faculty innovation celebrate and support the unique and rich opportunities the University’s curriculum affords for student learning. Gifts may support new course development and curriculum innovation in a donor’s particular area of interest.