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A Successful “Say Thanks” Week

As members of the W&L community made their way across campus March 7–10, they noticed a myriad of posters, signs, postcards — and people — all of them giving thanks. The goal of this gratitude was to remind students of the many ways that donors make the W&L experience special.

Annual Fund Signs in front of the Elrod Commons told the story of the Annual Fund.

Student Scholarships in the Marketplace featured three student recipients of an endowed scholarship.

Signs on professors’ office doors as part of Endowed Professor Recognition told about the donor the professorship is named after.

Faculty/Staff Who Give tipped the hat to all faculty and staff members who made a recent gift to W&L. Those folks sported a button to acknowledge their contribution, and they posted signs in their offices elaborating upon the reasons behind their philanthropy.

Students filled out Postcards in Elrod Commons near the Marketplace, thanking members of the community and donors. They filled out a punch card for each day’s entry, making them eligible to win a gift card. Each day, students thanked a different group for making W&L the great place it is:

  • Monday—Faculty/Staff
  • Tuesday—Parents
  • Wednesday—5-Star Generals
  • Thursday—Young Alumni

A Career Development Brown Bag Lunch explored the field of development and fundraising. In “How to Turn Thanks into a Lifetime of Development,” Robert Koch (regional director of development) and Cassie Hunt ’01 (director of prospect development and analytics) talked about their experiences in this field.

Lunch and Learn with Annual Giving featured Annual Fund staff and students interested in learning more about W&L’s Annual Fund and how the institution benefits from philanthropic giving.

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