Fall 2021 Issue

W&M Ends FY21 Strong

William & Mary experiences surge in philanthropy and engagement

By Jennifer Page Wall

Amid a pandemic and year of unprecedented challenges, William & Mary experienced a surge in philanthropic giving and community-wide engagement. During fiscal year 2021 (FY21) — July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021 — the university raised more than $61 million, resulting in one of the biggest fundraising years outside a university-wide campaign. One-third of all funds secured were for scholarships — providing essential support to students throughout the academic year in the midst of one of the worst economic recessions in the U.S.

A steady stream of donations and support from 34,869 alumni, students, faculty, parents, staff and friends came in during the year and were mobilized to fuel important efforts and initiatives across the university. From teaching and learning, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and innovation, equity and inclusion, arts and athletics, tutoring and internships and beyond, private support was infused into the programs, places and people at William & Mary. Unrestricted giving, particularly resources from the Fund for William & Mary, was also critical.

“This past year, we saw extraordinary resiliency at William & Mary. Our grit and adaptability were powered by philanthropy and by kindness. Our goals were simple: to keep teaching, keep learning, while safeguarding our entire community to the best of our ability. Private support was essential to our swift and successful adaptation, as we took courses online and sustained in-person learning throughout the academic year,” said President Katherine Rowe. “We are deeply grateful.”

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