Student Philanthropy

 5What 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 exists to educate students on the power of giving and inspire them to give back. In essence, by supporting and sharing UMW’s culture of philanthropy with others, you are supporting all of the aspects that make UMW a wonderful place to learn and call “home” for so many students.

This may come as a surprise, but tuition and state funding alone do not cover the cost of educating each UMW student. Your education is made possible by funds donated each year by passionate alumni,
faculty, staff, corporations, foundations, and students.

057Private 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 contClub fundraisingribute $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?

  1. Support and participate in Student Philanthropy and service events throughout the year, including Philanthropy Week.
  2. Educate others about the importance of private funding and the fact that donor gifts contribute to the college experience in nearly every way.
  3. 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.).

Contact Us

Student Philanthropy:

Brooke Matta, Annual Giving Associate:


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