Giving

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A W&L education is for life, and we have our loyal supporters to thank for ensuring our success today and for future generations.

W&L delivers excellence year after year, fostering dynamic, innovative and honorable leaders who make their mark on the global community.

More than 9,000 alumni, parents and friends supported the university in 2022-23, bringing their energy, passion and tenacity to help accomplish W&L’s mission. Generosity is powerful, and all you have to do is step on campus to witness its impact. Success is all around, inside and outside, and the far-reaching influence goes beyond bricks and mortar to change lives through a world-class education and opportunities that add up to the W&L experience.

The nature of philanthropy is personal, as are its rewards. The Annual Fund introduced directed giving last year to help more donors reach their philanthropic goals. Gifts directed to financial aid, academics, the arts, athletics, diversity and inclusion, student opportunities and those left unrestricted to support areas of greatest need allow us to provide unparalleled education and experiences, year after year.

Funding Priorities

Your gift helps keep W&L at the forefront of liberal arts in our nation. Learn more about W&L's top fundraising priorities.

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Academics

Student Scholarships

Washington and Lee enrolls students with exceptional academic ability who demonstrate outstanding leadership and character. Thanks to programs such as the Johnson Scholarship Program and the W&L Promise, the university meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. W&L seeks to grow endowments for scholarships in order to admit the strongest students every time, regardless of their family financial circumstances.

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Directed Giving

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund brings the W&L community together in its common pursuit of excellence, harnessing the energy fueled by generous alumni, parents and friends to support an outstanding academic experience for every student. Providing funding for the areas of greatest need to giving to any of the six designated areas within W&L, contributing to the Annual Fund means empowering students to achieve their full potential. Annual giving impacts every sector of the university and provides significant support for the operating budget each year. Each gift advances W&L’s core mission, and the result is class after class of phenomenal leaders who go out into the world to make a positive difference.

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21st Century Learning

Huntley Hall Renovation and Williams School Expansion

Washington and Lee’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics stands out among the top 20 liberal arts institutions as the only internationally accredited undergraduate business program. The number of students majoring in accounting, business administration, economics, and politics at W&L has grown significantly over the last 20 years, with nearly 50 percent of each graduating class earning degrees in one of these disciplines. To accommodate that growth and to provide a modern learning complex that supports this robust program, W&L plans to renovate Huntley Hall and build a new Williams School structure on Washington Street. These improvements will facilitate hands-on learning, accommodate the university’s hallmark small class size, and enhance networking and professional development opportunities for students.

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Health and Wellness

The Lindley Center for Student Wellness

In the last five years, both the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center have experienced a significant increase in visits. The critical services these facilities provide ensure the health and wellness of W&L students so that they can take full advantage of the learning experiences available to them. Washington and Lee seeks to expand the Student Health and Counseling Center, consolidating medical practice, counseling and psychiatry services in one location, to support a team approach to caring for students in a setting that is easily accessible.

Find Your Gift Officer

Our leadership giving team is happy to work with you to ensure your gift makes a big impact.

Susan Wood
Susan Wood

Susan Wood

Vice President for University Advancement

Susan leads the university’s Development Office and is a key partner in fundraising for W&L. She works with donors from Georgia and Tennessee.

Jocelyn Lewis
Jocelyn Lewis

Jocelyn Lewis

Director of Leadership Giving

Lewis manages the leadership gifts team responsible for securing private support from alumni, parents and friends of W&L. Her areas include women in philanthropy and she works with donors in Georgia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Illinois.

Steve Wasser
Steve Wasser

Steve Wasser

Director of Regional Leadership Giving

Steve is responsible for managing a team of regional gift officers. He works with donors from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Amy Bersett
Amy Bersett

Amy Bersett

Senior Director of Development

Amy is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing private support from alumni, parents and friends of the University. She works with donors from San Francisco, Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh.

Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher

Regional Director of Development

Mike Fisher is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing support for W&L from alumni, parents and friends. He works with donors from North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Arizona and New Mexico.

Megan McAllister
Megan McAllister

Megan McAllister

Regional Director of Development

Megan McAllister is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing support for W&L from alumni, parents, and friends. She works with donors from Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, northern Florida, and the Shenandoah Valley.

Karine Pastorius
Karine Pastorius

Karine Pastorius

Regional Director of Development

Karine Pastorius is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing private support from alumni, parents and friends of the university. She works with donors from Washington State, Los Angeles, San Diego, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Oregon, Delaware and Ohio.

Danica Rose
Danica Rose

Danica Rose

Regional Director of Development

Danica Rose is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing support for W&L from alumni, parents, and friends. She works with donors from Dallas, Texas, central and southern Florida, West Virginia, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

Nancy McIntyre
Nancy McIntyre

Nancy McIntyre

Director of Undergraduate Academic Development

Nancy secures private support for the university and serves as the university academic development staff liaison. In this role, Nancy will explore new opportunities for university faculty to connect with W&L alumni, parents and friends to enhance philanthropy and the student experience. She works with donors in New York City, South Carolina and Virginia.

Kenny Melvin
Kenny Melvin

Kenny Melvin

Senior Director of Development

Kenny Melvin handles giving in support of the university and serves as the staff liaison to the Williams School. He works with donors in New York City, New York State, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Tara Hackenberg
Tara Hackenberg

Tara Hackenberg

Director of Parent Giving

Jacqueline Painter
Jacqueline Painter

Jacqueline Painter

Associate Director of Gift Planning

Jocelyn Lewis
Steve Wasser
Amy Bersett
Mike Fisher
Megan McAllister
Karine Pastorius
Danica Rose
Nancy McIntyre
Kenny Melvin
Tara Hackenberg
Jacqueline Painter
Susan Wood

The Case for Giving

The following alumni and friends have honored Washington and Lee with a gift, and we honor them in return.

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Your Support Matters

Thank You

The impact of your gifts is not simply the tangible resources you provide to help carry out W&L's mission. Your support offers inspiration to the campus community in many ways.

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News


W&L Annual Fund Soars to $10.4M; Overall Giving Nears $71M

Generous alumni, parents and friends contributed more than $10 million to W&L’s Annual Fund in the 2023-24 fiscal year, achieving the largest Annual Fund in five years.

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W&L Students Learn the Importance of Paying it Forward

The second annual Philanthropy Education Week highlighted the impact donations have on the undergraduate experience.

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Honoring a Mentor’s Legacy

Dyson Foundation endows director position at the DeLaney Center.

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Giving All Students a Leading Edge

W&L’s Class of 2027 takes part in orientation experiences at no additional cost.

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2023 Annual Fund Tops $10 Million

Total giving to all areas reached an impressive $73.9 million, the second highest total in W&L history.

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A New Generation of W&L Friendship

What started as a “Tale of Two Evans” 33 years ago has sparked a new friendship for first years Max Patterson and Spratt Allison.

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An Ace Stroke

Endowment Remembering Jack Vardaman ’62 Will Support W&L Golf Teams

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Blake Sanchez '23

Meet a W&L Scholar: Blake Sanchez ’23

Sanchez plans to pursue graduate study in public policy after graduation.

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Ryan Schwartz ’25

Meet a W&L Scholar: Ryan Schwartz ’25

Schwartz hopes to enter the medical field to continue helping people.

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Julia Brinker '25

Meet a W&L Scholar: Julia Brinker ’25

Brinker makes her mark on Florence, Italy’s digital history.

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PLC Chairs Wimberly and Richard McPhail P'24 with their son Walker '24

A Conversation with the Parents Leadership Council Chairs

Wimberly and Richard McPhail P’24 share their thoughts on the W&L Experience, community and the Parents Leadership Council

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