Summary: On a class by class basis the Class Agent is the principal solicitor of gifts for Washington and Lee through the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund consists solely of unrestricted gifts for current operations from alumni, parents, and friends. Serving as Class Agent is one of the most important ways in which an alumna or alumnus can serve Washington and Lee. The role Class Agents play in the continuing success of the University cannot be underestimated.
Qualifications: Other than enthusiasm for the task, no specific skills are required to serve as Class Agent. Typically, those alumni who have the greatest success in the role are organized and methodical in their work. While no specified level of financial support is associated with the position, it is expected that each Class Agent will participate in the Annual Fund and will make the most thoughtful commitment possible. To effectively solicit others one must first be willing to make a personal investment.
W&L will assist Class Agents by providing timely reporting of all gift activity by class members as well as the status of prospective donors, and those donors with pledge balances.
W&L will provide each Class Agent with all necessary postage stamps as well as a telephone calling card to facilitate all contact with classmates in association with the Annual Fund.
W&L will reimburse the Class Agent for all reasonable expenses incurred during the course of their work for Washington and Lee. Examples of these expenses might include secretarial costs associated with letter generation, and other printing and office fees. W&L will cover cost of hotel and meals during Class Agents Weekend.
The Annual Fund staff will assist in the production of personalized letters, sending blast e-mails, addressing envelopes, and other tasks upon request.
If you are interested in becoming a class agent, please contact Emily Draud, Director of the Annual Fund, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 540-458-8126.