COAR (Community Outreach and Resources)
Support COAR on #MaryWashDay!

COAR is a student-run organization at UMW that serves community needs through active service and learning. We continually strive to find solutions to problems that challenge the community. COAR sponsors weekly volunteer programs and six major annual events. The purpose of all our programs and events is to build strong community relations between UMW students and the greater Fredericksburg area through service.


We’re honored to have many COAR alumni who have participated in fulfilling our mission of making the world a better place. COAR has existed since 1990, and we have formed and maintained many lasting connections with Fredericksburg-area organizations.



Your donation will help us carry out our mission and continue to build positive and effective relationships between UMW students and community members.


Here’s how your gift will help:  

  • A $20 gift pays for the contents of a holiday gift box for a 3 to 5 year-old student in the Head Start program at Fredericksburg-area schools. At the beginning of every November, we hold a gift box drive, during which members of the UMW community fill gift  boxes with donations small toys, books, and other necessities for Head Start students.
  • A $50 gift helps to pay for upkeep of the minivan that our volunteers use for transportation to weekly programs with local community agencies.
  • A $75 gift pays for 140 miles of gas for an Alternative Service Break trip, during which students build or repair homes with Habitat for Humanity. On these trips, students learn construction skills while benefiting a community in another part of the country. They also get to see new places and make new friends!
  • A $100 gift pays for five holiday gift boxes for Head Start students.
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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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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Class Year Leaderboard
Which class is in the lead for total number of gifts?
Participation Leaderboard
Which areas are seeing the highest participation?
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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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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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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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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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Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Which area is receiving the most funding?
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COAR Donors
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1 AA 0
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