Mary Wash Giving Day Update


Mary Wash Giving Day, the University’s first 24-hour giving day, was the largest one-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. Held March 14, 2017, the celebration coincided with the 109th anniversary of the University’s founding. Snowy roads forced the closure of campus and cancellation of Giving Day events, but donors still turned out in force online to make the day a huge success. Final Giving Day results are as follows: 1,218 gifts to areas across the University, including the Fund for Mary Washington, arts and cultural programs, athletics, academic departments, the Amphitheatre restoration, and scholarships 1,090 unique donors (counting each donor once, even if they made more than one gift), -- of that number, 678 were UMW alumni $217,255 in gifts and gift commitments, including $80,655 for the Fund for Mary Washington … [Read more...]

March 14 is Mary Wash Giving Day


 The University of Mary Washington will hold its first giving day on March 14, 2017. This date is significant in the University’s history, as it marks 109 years since its founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. During Mary Wash Giving Day on March 14, donors can make gifts at from midnight through 11:59 p.m. Gifts received during this time will celebrate the UMW spirit of giving back and help fill the gap—since funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia accounts for just 25% of the University’s operating budget. Private support from the Mary Washington community is essential to providing an outstanding liberal arts education for UMW’s 4,000 students. Of UMW’s 38,000 alumni, nearly one-third are graduates of the last decade, and their participation in giving is key to sustaining and strengthening the University’s tradition of excellence. One objective of Mary Wash Giving Day is to inspire these young Eagles to give back to the … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Gift Honors Family Legacy


In 1948, Louise Garnett Goodwin '30 ran for Fredericksburg City Council in an attempt to become the first woman to hold elected office. She did not win, but today her daughter – Mary Katherine Greenlaw ’61 – has the distinction of being the first woman elected mayor of Fredericksburg. Recently, Mary Katherine honored her mother's memory by making a $10,000 gift to the UMW Amphitheatre Challenge. “Mother passed away in 1997, but as we continue to read her diaries and go through her scrapbooks, we're learning just how much Mary Washington meant to her,” says Mary Katherine. Louise attended college through a Kiwanis Club scholarship and majored in chemistry and physical education. She was involved in numerous activities, including field hockey, basketball, soccer, and dance. In 1928, she served in the May Court during the ceremonial crowning of the May Queen. After graduating, Louise went on to teach Latin and coach girl’s basketball at Fredericksburg High School and later in the … [Read more...]



Join Troy and Kelly Paino as they travel to the Riveras and Islands  of France, Italy, and Spain with Mary Washington Alumni on the Road in October 2017. Click here to read more about this exciting trip and to pre-register to hold your space aboard the five-star, small ship M.S. Le Lyrial.   … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday UPDATE


    We did it! Thanks to the generosity of our community and the collaboration of alumni social media ambassadors, we exceeded our goal of 200 donors on Giving Tuesday. This global day dedicated to philanthropy is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which fell on November 29 this year. UMW received 228 gifts from 224 donors in 21 states and two countries on Giving Tuesday, including: 47 young alumni (graduates of the last decade) 31 Reunion alumni (class years ending in 2 and 7) 50 parents of current UMW students 11 faculty and staff Donors gave a total of $45,550; and $22,143 of that was in unrestricted giving to the Fund for Mary Washington. Of the 224 donors, 164 designated their gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington—a great show of support for the University’s mission and leadership. Sixty donors gave to other UMW causes, including academic departments, athletic teams, scholarships, the Amphitheatre restoration, and more. We sincerely … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Update


To receive the $125,000 challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, UMW alumni, parents, and friends must make NEW gifts to the Amphitheatre Challenge totaling at least $125,000 by May 1, 2017.     … [Read more...]

Heritage Newsletter


Read the latest Heritage Newsletter featuring stories of Mary Washington alumni who have made specific plans to support UMW students and programs. Learn helpful tips to aid in year-end giving. … [Read more...]

FY 2016 Record-Breaking Giving Year

UMW 2016 advancement infographic FINAL

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Heritage Newsletter


Giving to Mary Washington has a positive impact on students and donors. Click here to read the latest edition of the Heritage Newsletter. … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre Groundbreaking, Naming, and Challenge


The University of Mary Washington recognized two long-time donors June 4, 2016, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the century-old amphitheatre on the Fredericksburg campus. The outdoor facility, slated for renovation, has been renamed the Heslep Amphitheatre, in honor of 1956 alumna Josephine McPherson Heslep and her husband, Donald, of Richmond. The Hesleps, who attended the ceremony with their family, have generously supported University initiatives, including a significant endowment for the UMW Philharmonic.  The couple’s latest gift of $1.25 million helped push contributions toward the $3 million fundraising goal. UMW recently received a challenge gift from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. If UMW secures NEW gifts totaling $125,000 for the amphitheatre, the Foundation will match with its own contribution of $125,000. Gifts to the amphitheatre challenge may be made at … [Read more...]