Fund for Mary Washington


 As the University's unrestricted fund, your gift to the Fund for Mary Washington allows University leadership to have the resources necessary to ensure adequate funding for areas across campus; ensures we have the best faculty members continuing the level of excellence in our classrooms that our alumni expect, and provides the resources necessary for our students to succeed.

A gift of $2,500 or more to the Fund for Mary Washington will make you a member of the President’s Council. President’s Council members are among our most loyal supporters. With your gift, you are making a vote of confidence in the University and our leadership. President’s Council members are honored with their name displayed on a donor wall outside of the President’s Office in George Washington Hall and members are invited to special events during the year.

There are four President's Council giving levels:

  • $2,500 (anyone)
  • $1,250 (faculty and staff)
  • $1,250 (alumni who are 11-15 years out from graduation, 2006-2010)
  • $500 (graduates of the last decade, 2011-2020)

UMW receives less than 27% of its operating budget from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Fund for Mary Washington helps bridge the gap between its support from state and tuition dollars - and the actual cost of providing an outstanding liberal arts education to our students.

We appreciate your support with a special gift to the Fund for Mary Washington. Your gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington will go to work immediately to help wherever needed most.

“Mary Washington thrives when it understands that its very existence is an investment in hope—a hope in the students we educate and a hope in our Republic’s future.”

-President Troy D. Paino


See what people are sharing about Mary Wash Giving Day!
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Jay and Miriam's 540 Challenge
Show your love for the 540 (F'burg's area code, in case you forgot)! Jay Sinha '07 and Miriam McCue '16 are calling on their fellow alums (pun intended) to give on Giving Day. If we reach 540 gifts by 9:00 a.m., we will unlock their $1,540 gift to UMW. Get up early with Jay and Miriam and ANSWER THE CALL by making your morning gift!
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Susan Leavitt ’83 1,000-Gift Challenge:
Let’s go for a grand by lunchtime! If we hit our target of 1,000 gifts by noon on Giving Day, a $3,000 challenge gift to the Fund for Mary Washington from Susan Leavitt ‘83 will be unlocked.
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Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
if we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, by 5 p.m., 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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Strassheim 3,000 Gift Challenge
Robert J. '96 and Sarah Gildersleeve Strassheim '01 have been Mary Wash Giving Day supporters since the very beginning! This year, they’re challenging everyone who loves Mary Washington to join them in giving back. If we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Giving Day, Rob and Sarah will give $9,000 to support the Fund for Mary Washington and student scholarships – AND they will pledge an additional $36,000 in the coming years. When you make a gift of any amount to any area on Giving Day, you will put us one step closer to unlocking the Strassheim Challenge, multiplying your impact for UMW students!
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Alumni Board Alumni Match
The Alumni Association Board of Directors wants to double your impact to the Fund for Mary Washington! The Alumni Board will match all gifts made of $500 or less by alumni to the Fund for Mary Washington up to $20k. Make your gift today supporting the Fund for Mary Washington and have your gift doubled!
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Young Alumni Gift Challenge
When we receive 300 gifts from young alumni donors (graduates of 2011-2020) to any area, the Young Alumni Council (YAC) will unlock a gift of $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. If we receive 600 gifts YAC will unlock an additional $2,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington for a total of $3,000. Graduates of the Last Decade, increase the impact of your gift with this challenge!
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Alumni of the 80’s Match
Fellow 80's alumni James Llewellyn ’87, Eileen O'Connell '81, and Lisa Taylor '85 will match all gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington from members of the classes of 1980 – 1989, up to $8,000. Make a gift to the Fund for Mary Washington on Giving Day, and James, Eileen, and Lisa will match it dollar-for-dollar. Your doubled gift will go to work immediately to benefit students, funding areas of critical need and creating unique opportunities. Let’s show how the 1980s come together for Mary Washington!
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1908 Society 5k Match
Sylvia McJilton Woodcock ’61 would like to double your gift today! When a member of the 1908 Society (classes that have celebrated their 50th reunion; 1970 and earlier) make a gift to the Fund for Mary Washington, Sylvia will match that gift dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. Make your gift to the Fund for Mary Washington today and increase the impact of your gift!
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Lee Kelley Class of ‘66 Challenge
Lee Kelley ’66 is challenging her classmates. Once the Fund for Mary Washington receives $2,000 in gifts from the Class of ’66, Lee will unlock a gift of $2,000, doubling your impact. Class of ’66 alums, make your gift to the Fund for Mary Washington today to increase the impact of your gift!
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Underwood Parent Match
Parent Leadership Circle members Lori and David Underwood P’22 will DOUBLE their fellow UMW parents’ gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington! The Underwoods will match, dollar-for-dollar, each Giving Day gift to the Fund by parents of current UMW students and parents of alumni, up to $2,000. When their full match is unlocked, they will make an additional $500 gift to support the TEAL Peer Educators program in the Center for Prevention and Education.
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Adenan Devil-Goat Challenge
Abas ’85 and Eileen Brown Adenan ’88 are taking their Devil-Goat rivalry to a new level. If more Goats (alumni of even class years) make Giving Day gifts than Devils (alumni of odd years), Abas will make a $2,500 gift to the area Eileen chooses. If more Devils participate than Goats, Eileen will give $2,500 to the area Abas chooses. Watch the Devil-Goat Leaderboard throughout the day to track the competition live!
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Class Year Total Leaderboard
Which class year has raised the most money?
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When all groups of the Mary Wash community band together we can do amazing things.
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