The 1782 Society
“Don’t give until it hurts. Give until it feels real good.”
The late Alonzo G. Decker, Jr., the CEO of Black & Decker and a noted philanthropist who served on Washington College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, coined the phrase that has inspired donors to recognize the personal rewards of giving.
Giving to Washington College is especially satisfying because we put your dollars to work right away. Our students reap immediate benefits in the form of scholarships, academic and co-curricular programming, and faculty support.
The 1782 Society is the College’s premier giving recognition society, with five annual gift levels ranging from $1,500 to $25,000 or more.
The 1782 Society’s primary role is to support the College’s mission of offering a truly personalized education for every student. Unrestricted gifts at 1782 Society levels support The Washington Fund, an annual revenue source that enables the College to direct money to scholarships and other high priorities. These annual scholarships remain the most pressing need for our students.
How to Give
Members of The 1782 Society and George Washington Legacy Society gathered in the Visitors Center on May 17, 2014 to celebrate the 139th running of the Maryland tradition, Preakness Stakes.
The Washington College community danced the night away at the annual George Washington’s Birthday Ball.
One of the nation’s largest literary awards, the annual George Washington Book Prize, was awarded to Maya Jasanoff for Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World at Mount Vernon in May 2012. Complete with the Maryland Loyalist Battalion and WAC students recruiting for and against the loyalists, Jasanoff was welcomed to Washington College to discuss her book. The next morning Maya Jasanoff and Adam Good heart had an open discussion about how books are born.
Andrea Wulf, acclaimed author of Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens, visited Washington College as a part of the Chestertown Book Festival. In her book, Wulf vividly portrays the battalion of 18th-century scientists who braved hurricanes, tropical disease, pirates, plagues, and war to fan out across the globe and witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event.