Thanks and Recognition

The 1749 Circle Washington and Lee's Most Loyal Donors

The logo for the 1749 society, a circle with the numbers 1749 within

The 1749 Circle is a special philanthropic society recognizing and honoring the loyal alumni, parents, and friends who support the University consistently over time. This society is not about how much you give; it's about the simple act of giving, year after year.

Currently, The 1749 Circle has over 13,000 members. These individuals have made a commitment to W&L year after year without fail.

Membership Requirements:

  • Your membership in the 1749 Circle begins after your third year of consecutive giving to W&L.
  • The University will count your gifts to any area of the University when determining your years of consecutive giving.
  • Recognition is based on gifts, pledge payments, and matching gifts received in a single fiscal year. W&L's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

For any questions related to The 1749 Circle, please reach out to the Annual Giving Office.

A Message from The 1749 Circle Co-chairs

Farris Hotchkiss '58

"A constants stream of philanthropic support through the Annual Fund is essential for the education health of the university. The Annual Fund is the best and most direct investment in the lives and education of our students and faculty, both undergraduate and law."

Jane Batcheller '03, '08L

"I want alumni to understand the value of their gift, consistent giving, and the Annual Fund's impact on current students. My husband (Brooks '04) and I know that we benefited during our time at W&L from those who gave to the university, so it's important for us to continue to pay that forward."

Steele Burrow '13

"The Annual Fund is such an important way to support W&L because it contributes to everything from financial aid and scholarships to programs that allow professors to develop innovative new courses that keep W&L at the forefront of liberal arts education. It's also just an easy way to give back to a place that means so much to its alumni."

"All gifts are important to support the university's academic programs, but those gifts that hold special significance are ones on which Washington and Lee can absolutely depend. Such repetitiveness is key to the success of the University's mission because it makes it possible to plan ahead and to act on those plans with a high degree of confidence."

Farris Hotchkiss '58, 1749 Circle Co-Chair