In 1796, George Washington made the first philanthropic gift to save the struggling Liberty Hall Academy. Since then, two-plus centuries of alumni and friends have given because they loved W&L, believed in its mission and wanted to ensure its success for future generations.
Gifts to the Annual Fund support every facet of W&L. Yearly donations provide as much as 8 percent of the university's operating budget and are the critical difference in W&L's ability to fulfill its educational mission by providing unrestricted dollars that support academic departments, faculty and student research and financial aid.
W&L appreciates your gift whenever it is received. But making a habit of giving early is beneficial to both you and W&L. The Early Impact Challenge, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, helps in many ways:
- It sends a strong message of support to classmates who may be on the fence about a gift. When they see your name and strong early participation numbers, they'll know that their support matters.
- It reduces the expenses that go into fundraising, making your gift even more impactful.
- You'll receive less mail from us, which is better for the environment, and we'll have more money to spend on the student experience.
- It's easier to remember, as it aligns with the end of the tax year, when many are considering charitable contributions.
- It helps your class agent. Our class agents are generous with their time, and giving early lets them know that they can count on your support, freeing them up to focus on participation from your classmates.
- It ensures that we can thank you early and often — in our Honor Roll of Donors and through donor recognition events.
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Find Your Gift OfficerOur leadership giving team is happy to work with you to ensure your gift makes a big impact.
Amy Bersett Regional Director of Development
Amy is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing private support from alumni, parents and friends of the University from the following areas: San Francisco, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Ohio.
Susan Cunningham Director of Leadership Giving
Susan is responsible for managing the leadership gifts team and organizing the Women's Leadership and Philanthropy affinity group. Her areas of travel include: Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee.
William Greer Senior Director of Development
William is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing private support from alumni, parents and friends of the University. He works donors from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Delaware, Northern New Jersey and the Pacific Northwest.
Jay Jackson Senior Director of Development
Jay is part of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing private support from alumni, parents and friends of the University. He works with donors from D.C. Metro, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Southern California.
Nancy McIntyre Senior Director of Development
Leadership giving in support of the university and development staff liaison to the College. Her regions include New York City, Western Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Colorado.
Kenny Melvin Senior Director of Development
Leadership giving in support of the university and development staff liaison to the Williams School. His regions include New York City, New York State, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Tres Mullis Executive Director for University Development
Tres is responsible for management of the development office and serves as the lead development officer for the department. His regions include Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts.
Steve Wasser Senior Director of Development
Steve is a member of the leadership gifts team responsible for securing private support for the university. His regions include Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.