What Is Philanthropy?
At its core, philanthropy is the generous sharing of ideas, time, money, and passions in order to benefit your community and society in various ways.
What Is the Purpose of UMW Student Philanthropy?
UMW Student Philanthropy strives to educate students about giving back by paying it forward. When you support and share UMW’s culture of philanthropy with others, you are supporting a wonderful place that so many students call home.
In-state tuition covers a small percent of the cost to attend UMW. The remaining percentage is covered by gift donations and other funding. Your education is made possible by funds donated each year by passionate alumni, faculty, staff, corporations, foundations, and students.
Private funds (donations from people who love UMW) benefit your college experience by supporting scholarships, clubs and student organizations, career services, fitness and wellness programs, state-of-the-art facilities, faculty programs, and much more.
Do All Gifts Matter?
Yes! Whether you contribute $1 or $100, your gift absolutely matters. Participation is just as important as the number of dollars raised.
Nearly 60% of all gifts UMW received last year were $50 or under.
Additionally, alumni giving participation is factored into UMW’s annual ranking in U.S. News & World Report. By giving as a student, you are preparing to become a lifelong Mary Washington supporter.
How Can You Help?
- Support and participate in Student Philanthropy and service events throughout the year, including Philanthropy Week.
- Educate others about the importance of private funding and the fact that donor gifts contribute to the college experience in nearly every way.
- Make a gift! All student giving counts toward your class fundraising total. You can direct your gift to almost any area you choose (athletics, arts, scholarships, etc.).
Student Philanthropy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Grimes, Annual Giving Associate: email@example.com