Fall 2018 Issue

Another Bold Year

William & Mary surpasses $800M mark in its $1B campaign

By Jennifer Page Wall

With two years remaining in William & Mary’s For the Bold campaign, the university has now passed the $800 million mark and is nearing its $1 billion goal. As the No. 1 nationally ranked public university for undergraduate alumni participation, William & Mary has positioned itself as a leading university in philanthropic giving and engagement growth.

In fiscal year 2018, the Tribe family galvanized to fortify the university’s financial foundation and advance priorities that have impacted students, faculty, staff and alumni in the U.S. and around the globe.

The university has seen a two-fold increase in donors during the campaign — resulting in 50,277 individuals giving last year — and boasts one of the highest donor retention rates in the U.S., with 74 percent of undergraduate alumni renewing their investment in alma mater year after year.

There has also been a 110 percent increase in the number of alumni participating in new and expanded offerings — including new career and networking opportunities — since the start of the campaign.

William & Mary Law School also experienced significant success this year by reaching its $75 million campaign goal two years early — the first school to achieve this milestone.

“It has been incredible to witness how the momentum of our For the Bold campaign has brought so many people in our community together to support the university. We truly are One Tribe, One Family,” said President Katherine A. Rowe.

“One of my top priorities over the next two years is to close our ambitious campaign triumphantly, by elevating philanthropy and engagement to historic levels. Through the generosity of our alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends, For the Bold’s impact will be felt everywhere on campus and in every corner around the world where we have a presence,” Rowe added.