William Sterling’s ’59 early interest in art prompted him to become a fine arts major at William & Mary. One of his thoughts before his death on New Year’s Eve last year was to leave a gift that would benefit the university’s Department of Art & Art History.
William & Mary has become so much more to me than a four-year experience. I believe that you get what you give, and I know firsthand that if you invest in William & Mary you will receive so much more in return. I’m a prime example that your best years at the university can continue long after graduation!
Janet Rollins Atwater ’84
Campaign Chair, Alumni Association
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The William & Mary Alumni Association has a goal of creating a world-class alumni engagement program. Alumni engagement is about keeping William & Mary people connected — with each other and the university. Keeping alumni and friends engaged with the campus community is critical to ensuring their lifelong connection with the university and to stewarding William & Mary for generations to come.
Greater resources are necessary if we are to expand our programming for alumni in the areas of career services, regional and chapter outreach, special affinity groups, class reunions, signature programs such as Homecoming, life-long learning and cutting-edge technology to promote interaction with campus from other locations. In addition, an expanded Alumni House is needed to accommodate the growing numbers of our alumni family and provide expanded programming.
A world-class university deserves and needs a world-class alumni engagement program. Help us do more than we have ever done.
You can learn more about the Alumni Association goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.
PILLAR I: WHERE GREAT MINDS MEET
The Alumni Association's goal and responsibility is to shape the nest generation of alumni and foster lifelong relationship with all 100,000+ alumni. It is the character, talent and leadership of our alumni that will define and chart the future of William & Mary.
Alumni House Renovation & Expansion | $22.8 million
The expanded Alumni House will be a welcoming gateway to campus and provide new space for events, alumni programming and staff. Key features include:
- A new entrance with a dedicated reception area
- A ballroom that will accommodate more than 400 people for a seated dinner and more than 800 for a standing reception or conference-style seating
- An alumni lounge and business center
- A professional catering kitchen
- Beautiful gardens and terraces, including a Family Courtyard honoring multigenerational William & Mary families
Alumni House Operations Endowment | $4.5 million
A beautiful and historic building requires responsible care. A $4.5 million endowment will provide an annual revenue source for operations and routine maintenance. It will ensure that the Alumni House remains a quality facility in perpetuity.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PROGRAM SUPPORT | $14.5 MILLION
Chapter & Regional Engagement | $3 million
Increased alumni activity around the country and internationally is key to developing an even stronger William & Mary. Growing the number of alumni chapters, broadening coverage in key metro areas, and increasing the number of university staff and faculty traveling to meet with alumni where they live and work requires an increased investment.
Signature Events | $2.5 million
Signature events are a chance to bring fellow alumni back together with their alma mater in familiar and new spaces to reconnect, generate impact and celebrate each other. As our alumni body expands, increased financial support is needed to augment the programming and frequency of these special occasions.
Alumni Career Management | $2 million
For the first time, the Alumni Association has initiated a career management program that will provide networking communities, webinars, online group programming, career events and other professional resources to aid alumni throughout their career. Increased support will drive this sustainable, impactful, and vital service to success.
Alumnae & Affinity Group Initiatives | $2 million
Uniting alumni around shared interests, experiences and identities creates stronger value driven networks that benefit each other and the university. Expanding our affinity groups and developing targeted programming is key to providing meaningful lifelong engagement for all Tribe constituents.
Volunteer Management | $1 million
William & Mary volunteers are dedicated and passionate members of the Tribe, and the Alumni Association is committed to providing them with the highest quality of leadership they deserve. Financial support will enhance volunteer training and services.
Student Outreach | $2 million
Current students invigorate our alumni community with their curiosity, passion and ambition. With support, the Alumni Association will engage new members of the Tribe to promote a dynamic, long-lasting relationship for a lifetime.
Alumni Admission and Legacy Outreach | $1 million
William & Mary is a family affair for much of our community. Spouses, parents, children and siblings share a common identity through the Tribe. The Alumni Association cherishes these connections and honors the power of legacy networks. Funding will create a unique space and events for legacy families.
Awards and Honors | $1 million
The Alumni Association has proudly recognized outstanding alumni, faculty, coaches and students through their awards program for over 80 years. An endowed awards fund would ensure the ability to recognize the best of the best in perpetuity.
W&M Impact News
Megan Dorward ’07 is no stranger to the impact and importance of private giving. As a founding member of the Society of 1918, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the Annual Giving Board, she has made giving back to William & Mary an important part of her life. Now, she and her fiancé, Richard Brahan, are using their wedding as an opportunity to encourage others to join them in giving back and to create a lasting impact on others’ lives. In lieu of a traditional registry, they have established the Megan Dorward & Richard Brahan Wedding Scholarship and have encouraged their loved ones to make financial contributions to it in celebration of their wedding.
The Han Zhang and Jinlan Liu Family Foundation recently established a $100,000 faculty research endowment for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies (APIA) program at William & Mary.