October 2, 2023

#MaryWashDay Makes History

The UMW community came together in a big way on March 14, 2017. Mary Wash Giving Day marked the largest single-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. In just 24 hours, 1,112 donors made gifts to areas across the University totaling $194,870.*

final-result-screenshot-for-instagramHeld on the 109th anniversary of UMW’s founding, #MaryWashDay was promoted across social media as “a chance to put your Mary Washington pride into action by giving back to University programs and students.”

Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of the University stepped up in force, exceeding the original goal of 654 donors before 5 p.m. The stretch goal of 1,000 donors was met before 10 p.m., unlocking a spontaneous $5,000 challenge match from an anonymous alumna. More than 30 Mary Washington alumni, parents, faculty and friends sponsored nearly $50,000 in challenge matches throughout the day, doubling the impact of donors’ gifts.

“The Mary Washington community near and far came together to give back in a big way,” President Troy Paino said in a video message to donors. “Thanks to your generosity, we’ll be able to strengthen our tradition of excellence and meet students’ needs.”

Watch the #MaryWashDay video now!