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Give Day 2019: Thank You! From coast to coast, first-years to Five-Stars, the W&L community stepped up in a big way on Give Day to put students on a path to success.

The Annual Fund provides a significant percentage of the university’s operating budget — nearly eight percent — and is 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, financial aid, athletics and more.

We are grateful for the support of all of the alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students who made a gift this year to speak to the future of W&L.


The day began with the Annual Fund Council banding together with additional Give Day gifts totaling $33,000 and asking the W&L community to join them in a drive for 2,500 donors.

Early in the afternoon, the Board of Trustees upped the ante by collectively committing an additional $240,000 to the Annual Fund.

During the evening hours, President Dudley and senior campus leaders urged the community onward by committing an additional $25,000 to inspire a strong finish.

And finish strong we did! Thank you all for a special day.

Total Donors: 2,880

On Give Day, 2,880 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends rallied in just 24 hours, making gifts totaling $535,066. With the addition of $384,333 in challenge gits, the total given on March 14 was $919,399.