Endowment Giving

The Importance of Endowment

Earnings from endowments provide the great majority of the philanthropic support sustaining W&L each year. When you give a gift to establish or build an endowment, your gift:

  • Provides annual revenues that support the chosen purpose of your endowed fund
  • Helps W&L keep tuition increases to a minimum
  • Contributes to the financial strength that allows W&L to remain true to its mission

W&L has established specific funding priorities and endowment sizes so your investment in an existing or new endowment will be helpful and effective.

Your Gifts at Work

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48%

Percentage of W&L's 2019-20 operating budget derived from philanthropy.

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$1.6 Billion

W&L's endowment as of June 30, 2020

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$23.73 Million

New gifts and pledges invested in W&L's endowment in 2019-20

How Giving To Endowment Works

When you give to an endowed fund, the university invests your gift as part of its overall endowment portfolio. Each year, a portion of the value of your endowed fund is paid out to support the fund's purpose (a scholarship, a professorship, etc.) Any remaining earnings are used to build the endowment's value. In this way, an endowment fund can grow and provide support for its designated purpose in perpetuity.

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Endowment Thresholds

Endowment thresholds indicate the minimum gift needed to establish an endowment supporting key fundraising priorities.

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List of Endowed Funds

Washington and Lee's endowed funds ensure talented students have access to a W&L education, provide faculty with opportunities for research and academic enrichment, support university programs so that they thrive, and sustain the beauty of the historic campus.

Endowment Giving

Office of University Development

  • Endowment Giving

    Office of University Development

    Washington and Lee University

    Development Building

    Lexington, VA 24450

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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The Harte Center

Teaching and Learning

Washington and Lee's Harte Center for Teaching and Learning will be a space that builds upon W&L's signature strengths of outstanding teaching and academic performance. Located in Leyburn Library on the first two levels, the Harte Center will offer W&L professors the training and resources that will help them to be the best possible teachers, and provide students access to experts and resources that will enhance their writing, oral communication, research, and quantitative skills and improve executive function.

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A Welcoming Community

Inclusion and Engagement

Washington and Lee's mission includes preparing graduates for engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society. To accomplish this objective, students need the ability to interact with highly talented peers, faculty and staff who represent a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives. Gifts in support of the Office of Inclusion and Engagement will help fund programming, future staffing and resources such as the food pantry, textbook lending library and professional wardrobe closet.

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Need-Blind Admissions

Scholarships

Raising an additional $135 million in scholarship support would place W&L among a select group of prominent schools free to admit any student, without consideration of their financial situation. In turn, W&L would be poised to attract gifted students from all backgrounds who contribute significantly to the rigorous academic environment for which the university is known.

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Permanent Support

Endowment

Earnings from endowments provide the great majority of the philanthropic support sustaining W&L each year. When you give a gift to establish or build an endowment, your gift: 1) Provides annual revenues that support the chosen purpose of your endowed fund; 2) Helps W&L keep tuition increases to a minimum; 3) Contributes to the financial strength that allows W&L to remain true to its mission.

Contact a Gift Officer

If you are interested in establishing an endowment, please start a conversation with a member of our Leadership Giving team.

Susan Wood
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Susan Wood

Executive Director of University Development

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Karine Pastorius
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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.

Nancy McIntyre
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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
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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.

Jocelyn Lewis
Steve Wasser
Amy Bersett
Mike Fisher
Karine Pastorius
Nancy McIntyre
Kenny Melvin
Susan Wood