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.

Leadership 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, as well as Associate levels for recent graduates.

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

Gifts may be made outright, by installment, by transfer of stock, or by credit card through our secure giving site. Any matching gifts received on your behalf will be counted toward your giving level.