$ 586,493 raised 3,533 gifts
Great Lives has raised $ 14,311 from 76 gifts!
Great Lives
Support the Great Lives Series on #MaryWashDay!

Who We Are

 

The William B. Crawley Great Lives Series brings renowned biographers to the Mary Washington campus to speak on “Great Lives” – those who have influenced history or culture in a significant way. Since its inception in 2004, Mary Washington has hosted lectures on politicians, authors, celebrities, musicians, artists, and even some fictional icons – including Harry Potter,  Frankenstein, and Sherlock Holmes. Each lecture attracts between 500 and 1,000 patrons, and concludes with an audience Q&A session and speaker book-signing.

 

Why We Need Your Support

 

The Great Lives Series has been free since the start – and we need your help to keep it that way.  The series recovers none of its costs through admission fees and exists solely to enrich the Fredericksburg and Mary Washington communities. The series makes prominent speakers and international scholars accessible to UMW students and community residents in a way that would be impossible without donor support.

 

 

How Your Gift Will Help

 

Your gift will create an unprecedented intellectual opportunity for UMW students and area residents. Your support ensures the series attracts the highest quality speakers, including Pulitzer Prize winning authors and noted historians.

The 2019 series, for example, will host:

  • Caroline Fraser, recipient of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for her book Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder;
  • Richard Stengel, editor of Time magazine, collaborator for Nelson Mandela’s bestselling autobiography and author of Mandela Way: Lessons on Life, Love and Courage; and
  • Heath Hardage Lee, whose upcoming book, League of Wives, sheds light on the action of POW wives during the Vietnam era. This highly anticipated biography will be made into a film produced by Hello Sunshine, a production company owned by Reese Witherspoon.  
  • Nathalia Holt will speak on Giving Day, March 19, on her book Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars. 
Great Lives Donors
Rank State Donors
1 VA 66
2 DC 1
2 ME 1
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Crawley Appreciation Challenge for Great Lives
FULL CHALLENGE MET! THANK YOU, BILL AND TERRIE CRAWLEY AND OUR GREAT LIVES SUPPORTERS! Inspired by your earlier support, Bill and Terrie Crawley are raising the stakes with another challenge for Great Lives supporters! Bill and Terrie will match all gifts made to the Great Lives Lecture Series from 7:30 p.m. until 11:59 p.m., up to $2,500. Gifts may be made online or by check in-person at tonight’s lecture which begins at 7:30 in Dodd Auditorium.
$2,500 MATCHED
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$1,600
Andrew Nelson ’09 Young Alumni Challenge
CHALLENGE MET! THANK YOU, ANDREW NELSON '09 AND OUR YOUNG ALUMNI DONORS! Andrew Nelson ’09 will match all Giving Day gifts to any designation from the classes of 2009-2018 with an equal gift to the Fund for Mary Washington, up to $1,600.
$1,600 / $1,600 Raised
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$1,500
Young Alumni Council Lunch Break Challenge
FULL CHALLENGE MET! THANK YOU, YOUNG ALUMNI COUNCIL AND OUR YOUNG ALUMNI DONORS! When we reach 100 gifts from graduates of the last decade (2009-2018) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 100 to unlock this challenge!
100 / 100 Gifts
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$1,000
Ed '93 and Amy Wray Sabo '93 Married Alumni Challenge
FULL CHALLENGE UNLOCKED! THANK YOU, ED AND AMY WRAY SABO AND MARRIED ALUMNI DONORS! When 25 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Ed and Amy will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington! Married alumni, make your gift to any area to help unlock an extra $1,000 to benefit students!
25 / 25 Gifts
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$1,250
Class of 2019 Challenge
FULL CHALLENGE MET! THANK YOU, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT AND UNIVERSITY RELATIONS LISA JAMISON BOWLING '89 AND OUR SENIOR CLASS DONORS! Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 89 gifts (a nod to Lisa's class, which is celebrating its 30th Reunion this year) are received from members of the Class of 2019 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,250 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
89 / 89 Gifts
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Great Lives Dollar-for-Dollar Match
FULL MATCH MET! THANK YOU, HEATHER GEBBIA KNAPP '93 AND OUR GREAT LIVES SUPPORTERS! Heather Gebbia Knapp ‘93 is issuing a challenge to all supporters of the William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series: Make a gift to Great Lives, and she will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000. DOUBLE your impact with Great Lives' first-ever Giving Day match!
$2,000 MATCHED
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Participation Leaderboard
Which areas are seeing the highest participation?
Rank Department Gifts
1 UMW Athletics 1,147
2 College of Arts & Sciences 638
3 Fund for Mary Washington 462
4 UMW Theatre 332
5 Campus Recreation 192
6 College of Business 132
7 Other 96
8 Great Lives 76
9 College of Education 67
10 UMW Debate 62
11 UMW Libraries 60
12 Music 59
13 James Farmer Multicultural Center 46
14 First-in-Family Students 45
15 UMW Philharmonic 41
16 Center for International Education 36
17 Leadership Development (SAE) 33
18 General Scholarship Fund 29
19 James Monroe Museum 29
20 Center for Career and Professional Development 28
21 Gari Melchers Home and Studio 25
22 UMW Galleries 20
23 The Blue and Gray Press 17
24 Dance 13
25 Student Governance 13
26 COAR (Community Outreach and Resources) 12
27 Honors Program 11
28 President's Impact Fund 9
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Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Which area is receiving the most funding?
Rank Department Raised
1 UMW Athletics $115,412.58
2 Fund for Mary Washington $71,121.92
3 College of Arts & Sciences $52,522.62
4 UMW Theatre $37,889.30
5 College of Business $21,692.00
6 Great Lives $9,811.42
7 Music $8,290.00
8 UMW Philharmonic $5,455.71
9 Campus Recreation $3,805.00
10 UMW Libraries $3,362.10
11 UMW Debate $3,230.14
12 College of Education $3,085.00
13 Gari Melchers Home and Studio $2,770.71
14 First-in-Family Students $2,720.00
15 James Farmer Multicultural Center $2,270.00
16 Dance $2,020.00
17 Center for Career and Professional Development $1,840.00
18 General Scholarship Fund $1,805.00
19 James Monroe Museum $1,600.00
20 UMW Galleries $1,320.00
21 Center for International Education $1,241.00
22 Leadership Development (SAE) $1,048.17
23 Student Governance $795.17
24 The Blue and Gray Press $595.00
25 Honors Program $535.00
26 COAR (Community Outreach and Resources) $475.00
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Class Year Leaderboard
Which class is in the lead for total number of gifts?
UMW Class Year
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2014 102
2 2018 92
3 2016 88
4 2017 62
5 2008 60
6 2015 60
7 2012 55
8 2010 55
9 1995 52
10 2011 42
11 2007 42
12 1996 41
13 2009 41
14 2013 40
15 1998 40
16 2005 35
17 1994 35
18 2003 34
19 2006 32
20 2001 31
21 2004 31
22 1993 30
23 2000 29
24 1992 28
25 1977 28
26 1979 28
27 2002 28
28 1971 28
29 1969 27
30 1990 27
31 1982 27
32 1997 26
33 1991 25
34 1983 24
35 1989 21
36 1988 20
37 1974 20
38 1999 19
39 1984 18
40 1986 18
41 1968 18
42 1981 17
43 1972 17
44 1970 15
45 1965 14
46 1973 14
47 1987 13
48 1985 12
49 1975 11
50 1978 11
51 1980 10
52 1960 9
53 1962 9
54 1957 9
55 1966 9
56 1961 8
57 1964 7
58 1976 6
59 1956 6
60 1958 5
61 1967 5
62 1959 3
63 1952 2
64 1963 2
65 1953 2
66 1950 2
67 1949 2
68 1935 1
69 1947 1
70 1945 1
71 1955 1
72 1946 1
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12:00-1:59 a.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: UMW DEBATE! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 12 a.m. and 1:59 a.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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2:00-3:59 a.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: FIELD HOCKEY! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 2 a.m. and 3:59 a.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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4:00-5:59 a.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: CENTER FOR CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 4 a.m. and 5:59 a.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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6:00-7:59 a.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: COLLEGE OF BUSINESS! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 6 a.m. and 7:59 a.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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8:00-9:59 a.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: MUSIC! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 8 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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10:00-11:59 a.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: WOMEN"S BASKETBALL! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 10 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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12:00-1:59 p.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: UMW GALLERIES! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 12 noon and 1:59 p.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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2:00-3:59 p.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: MEN'S RUGBY! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 2 p.m. and 3:59 p.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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4:00-5:59 p.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: STUDENT GOVERNANCE! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 4 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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6:00-7:59 p.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: UMW LIBRARIES! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 6 p.m. and 7:59 a.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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8:00-9:59 p.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: UMW SOFTBALL! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 8:00 p.m. and 9:59 p.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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10:00-11:59 p.m. Nest Egg Prize
WINNER: MEN'S BASKETBALL! Each designation that receives at least one gift between 10 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. will be entered in a random drawing for a bonus $500 gift. All 12 Nest Egg Prizes offered throughout Giving Day, totaling $6,000, are made possible by the generosity of Mike '95 and Katie Valentine Charnoff '04.
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