The Annual Fund

When you give to the Annual Fund, you and fellow donors are providing as much as 8% of the university's operating budget.

Washington and Lee is grateful for the expressions of concern for the campus community even as our alumni, parents and friends face disruptions and challenges in their lives. Many have asked how they can make a gift that will enable W&L to meet the immediate needs of students, faculty, staff, and the families of these groups.

Every gift or pledge payment to the Annual Fund through June 30 will meet one of the following:

  • Unexpected and emergency living and travel expenses of students, some of whom who are unable to return to their homes;
  • W&L's promise to ensure the employment of all employees through at least June 1;
  • Costs associated with W&L's plan to complete the academic year through virtual instruction with quality and personal attention;
  • Treating families fairly by refunding a pro-rated share of 2019-2020 room and board costs.

Although we are not physically in the office we are still answering the Annual Fund line at 540-458-8420.

You can also make a gift from your IRA: Learn More

Contact Us

Annual Giving
Office of University Development
Washington and Lee University
Development Building
Lexington, VA 24450

Thanks & Recognition

As a donor, your support has a great impact on the W&L community.

The President's Society

W&L's recognition club honoring our most outstanding donors to the Annual Fund. Leadership gifts, those of $2,500 or more, typically account for close to 80% of the Annual Fund. Membership is available to any donor who gives $2,500 or more per year to the Annual Fund, or at tiered giving levels for younger alumni.

The 1749 Circle

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. Membership in the 1749 Circle begins after three consecutive years of giving to W&L.

The Honor Roll

The Honor Roll celebrates the many people who made gifts to W&L during the prior year as well as the volunteers who helped support the university, both on and off campus.

Class Agents Make the Annual Fund Work

Alumni Volunteers
Class agents inspire and connect with thousands of their classmates, sorority sisters, pledge brothers, teammates, and friends to make a lasting impact on the University through gifts to the Annual Fund.

Today's Students, Tomorrow's Leaders

Student Philanthropy
The Senior Gift Campaign is an education-based program that reinforces the sense of community among the Senior class and aims to increase participation in Annual Fund giving.

Annual Giving Team

From yearly support to reunion and parent gifts, the Annual Giving team works to raise funds and recognize our generous donors.