Washington College is grateful to the alumni, parents, partners, and friends who Forge a Legacy and shape the future by supporting our students’ dynamic plans and passions.
You can change lives by giving today. Forge a Legacy – the most ambitious initiative of its kind in Washington College’s 235-year history – is not only our commitment to raising $150 million by 2020. It’s our common promise to provide generations to come with the resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive and lead amid possibility, complexity, and change.
By giving to make an impact on student engagement, faculty excellence, the learning environment, and access and affordability, your legacy is the intellect, ingenuity, and moral courage of tomorrow’s leaders.
Washington College began with a gift because George Washington understood the importance of education in building the nation’s next generation of leaders. His vision still inspires us today and challenges us all to Forge a Legacy worthy of our highest ideals.
Our Top 3 Questions
Is it true that a high alumni giving percentage enhances WC’s national ranking?
It’s true! Graduates who give back to their alma mater send a strong message to external reviewers and potential applicants that Washington College is a worthy investment. High alumni participation can also increase the likelihood of government grant approval. And at WC, it can earn your class a trophy through the Count Me In Campaign.
When I make a gift at The 1782 Society Level ($1500+), am I supporting The Washington Fund?
That depends. The 1782 Society is a community of donors who have given a total of $1,500 or more to any designation at Washington College during one fiscal year — July 1 to June 30. Every gift to the College is deeply appreciated, though many 1782 Society members choose to give all or a portion of their contribution to The Washington Fund because it benefits all students.
What is the endowment?
The Washington College Endowment is comprised of diversely invested funds that were donated for general operations or a specific purpose, like a scholarship or professorship. The current approved Endowment Spending Rate is 5% of the average market value unless other instructions were specified by the donor. These annual funds support each and every student’s education.