Winter 2021 Issue

New Name, Same Purpose

The Alumni Leadership Fund is now the W&M Alumni Association Fund

By Claire De Lisle M.B.A. ’21

The Alumni Leadership Fund has a new name: the William & Mary Alumni Association Fund. However, the purpose of the fund remains the same — to strengthen alumni’s lifelong ties to each other and William & Mary by supporting the events, resources and services that connect the W&M community.

The W&M Alumni Association Fund makes possible the breadth and depth of the W&M Alumni Association’s (WMAA) offerings, including signature events, online engagement opportunities and career and networking resources. For example, Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Traditions Weekend and William & Mary Weekend bring alumni, parents, family and friends together from all over the world for shared experiences; virtual opportunities like museum tours and Q&As with alumni experts on topics from the economy to fashion to foreign policy keep the community connected even when we are apart; and resources like W&M Switchboard and online networking hours help alumni advance their careers or start new ones.

Gifts during the For the Bold campaign led to triple the opportunities for alumni to engage with each other and alma mater and a 2,300% growth in career and networking opportunities. All upcoming events can be found at

Unlike other universities’ alumni associations, the WMAA does not charge dues, so that all alumni can take advantage of the enriching opportunities the WMAA provides for a lifetime.

“Private giving remains critical as we strive to create a welcoming and supportive community that brings together all of our more than 100,000 alumni worldwide through exceptional programming,” says Marilyn W. Midyette ’75, CEO of the WMAA. “The new name better reflects the purpose of this fund and will help our alumni and friends find it more easily.”

To give to the W&M Alumni Association Fund, visit