Your 25th Reunion
The Class of 1996 raised the largest 25th reunion gift in W&L's history with a total raised of $4,707,475, Included in that total was support for the Annual Fund, their class project (Student Health and Counseling Center) and gifts to other university priorities. Members of the class committed over $550,000 to the Student Health and Counseling Center, and set a new overall Annual Fund record for the 25th reunion class with $917,000. Their class gift participation rate of 58% tied for third all-time.
History of the Class Gift/ What Counts
Each of W&L's 25th reunion classes, beginning with the Class of 1961 in 1986, has honored the tradition of the university's benefactors by raising funds for a 25th reunion class gift. There are two primary components of the 25th reunion class gift:
The Class Project
The class project, selected by the reunion committee, is the hallmark of the 25th reunion gift and what distinguishes the 25th reunion gift campaign from the ones in previous reunion years. Each fall, the committee will select a strategic university priority to support as the project that will include naming recognition for the class. Typical class projects include bricks and mortar projects like the Colonnade restoration, the Ruscio Center for Global Learning and the Harte Center; and important endowments supporting student scholarships and experiences.
The Annual Fund
W&L's annual giving program is expanding to allow for directed gifts to key areas of university operations. Directed giving recognizes the personal nature of philanthropy. Every W&L alumnus/a owes a part of their success to their unique experience at this distinctive university. Your time on campus made an impression on you. Now you can give directly to those areas of the university of greatest personal significance. Gifts directed to financial aid, academics, the arts, athletics, diversity and inclusion, and student opportunities allow us to provide unparalleled education and experiences, year after year. Gifts made without direction will continue to support the university's remaining areas of greatest need.
Members of the class may give to other areas of interest in lieu of or addition to these two areas. All gifts and pledges made by class members to W&L during the July 1 to June 30 fiscal year will make up the class gift.
Largest 25th Reunion Gift Totals
- Class of 1996: $4,707,475
- Class of 1994: $4,681,957
- Class of 1989: $2,239,000
- Class of 1995: $2,069,731
- Class of 1988: $2,001,098
- Class of 1993: $1,961,752
- Class of 1979: $1,900,039
- Class of 1992: $1,810,056
- Class of 1991: $1,806,000
For questions about the 25th reunion gift, please contact Jessica Cohen, 25th Reunion Gift Officer.