UMW Debate
Support the UMW Debate Team on #MaryWashDay!

The UMW Debate Team competes at regional and national policy debate tournaments and provides public debate programming for the UMW community throughout the year on issues like social media, gun violence, and election reform. We offer opportunities to students of all levels of experience and varying academic interests to learn valuable research, media literacy, speaking, and advocacy skills. In any given year, our debaters prepare and deliver over 100 hours of speeches!

 

With your gift to UMW Debate on Giving Day, you will help ensure those opportunities continue to be available to all our students by supporting: 

 

Tournament Travel and Hosting

The team travels to 12-16 competitions across the country throughout the year. Donor support helps offset rising travel costs. The Debate Team also hosts two intercollegiate competitions each year, including the District 7 NDT Qualifier. Donor support helps us to keep event costs down, while providing exceptional tournament experiences for our guests.

 

Technology 

While we no longer haul tubs and paper files to tournaments, today’s Debate Team requires 21st century gear – laptops, wireless internet, laptop stands, video cameras, storage devices, and online storage and research subscriptions are essential to our team's success. Donor support helps us keep our technological edge.

 

Student Financial Assistance

Economic realities have made students more likely to need to work during their time at college, which has sometimes affected their ability to fully participate/travel with the team. In order to help recruit and retain students, we are hoping to provide financial assistance to offset some of the burden on our students. Donor support could make the difference for one of those students.

 

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Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
When we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Philo Funk Rosenfeld ’72, 3000 Gifts Challenge
When we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day, Philo Funk Rosenfeld ‘72 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington . Make your gift today and help us reach 3,000 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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$1,500
Young Alumni Council New Donor Challenge
When 150 young alumni (classes of 2010-2019) make their first-ever gift to UMW, the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 150 to unlock this challenge!
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Class of 2020 Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 100 gifts are received from members of the Class of 2020 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
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$1,000
UMW Debate Distinguished Alumni Challenge
Unlock an extra $1,000 for the Debate Team if UMW Debate receives 50 gifts. Made possible by the generosity of an anonymous Distinguished Alumni Donor!
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Farrell First-Time Donor Challenge
Lynne ’62 and Paul Farrell are issuing a special challenge to inspire new donors to support Mary Washington. If we receive gifts from 1,000 first-time donors on Giving Day, we will unlock the Farrells’ $10,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! This is the most ambitious Giving Day goal we have ever set, and we’re counting on our new donors—alumni, parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends of the University—to unlock this challenge gift! Gifts of all amounts count toward the challenge—just be sure to select "Yes" when asked if this is your first-ever gift to the University when you make your gift!
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$2,500
Margaret Birch '79 New Donor Challenge
When 250 alumni make their first-ever gift to UMW, a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington will be unlocked from alumna Margaret Birch '79. Alumni, make your first-ever gift and help unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
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$1,000
Lee ’04 and Karli Murray ’05 Married Alumni Challenge:
When 50 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Lee and Karli 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!
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$25,000
Dr. Theresa and Dr. Bill Crawley 70’s Challenge
Dr. Theresa Young Crawley ‘77 and Dr. William B. Crawley, Jr. are challenging alumni from the 1970s! If 100 alumni from the 1970s make a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day, it will unlock a $25,000 gift from the Crawleys to support scholarships at Mary Washington.  Make your gift today and help increase the impact of your gift!
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