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.

It All Adds Up

You can see the work of your Annual Fund gift in every aspect of life on campus — from library books to sending students on field trips to maintaining W&L's historic buildings and grounds, to name just a few things.

  • The Annual Fund creates a diverse community by enabling W&L to offer financial aid to every student who needs it.
  • Annual Fund gifts enable the faculty to develop new courses and incorporate new technologies.
  • Gifts to the Annual Fund make an immediate impact by providing opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world issues, developing skills that are essential to staying competitive in a global marketplace.

Did you know?

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.