October 28, 2020

2015 Giving Totals and Campaign Update

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Alumna Supports Campaign in Multiple Ways

Diana Rupert Livingston ’71 recently relocated to be closer to Mary Washington and is actively serving on the UMW Foundation Board and the Mary Washington First Campaign Cabinet. In a short video, she tells why she is proud to be a Mary Washington alumna and how that prompted her to support the Mary Washington First Campaign. Click here to view the video.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of June 30, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $40 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540-654-2059 for more information.

New Campaign Gifts

University Advancement announces Mary Washington First Campaign gifts and pledges:

  • An alumna from the Class of 1965 pledged $25,000 to endow a new study abroad scholarship.
  • A former UMW staff member and her husband have committed $60,000 in their estate to fund an endowment for specialized training and professional development.
  • A member of the Class of 1970 gave $10,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington in honor of her 45th class reunion.
  • An alumni couple from the Class of 1950 pledged $25,000 to support Arts for the Community and the Fund for Mary Washington.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of June 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $40 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

New Campaign Gifts

University Advancement announces Mary Washington First Campaign gifts and pledges:

  • A gift of $265,777 to endow a new student scholarship was received from the estate of an alumna of the Class of 1959.
  • A $9,886 grant was received from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to enable UMW faculty to attend the 2015 Jessie Ball duPont Seminars.
  • More than $31,000 in gifts have come in to endow the Robert Ericson Environmental Research Fund.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of May 15, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed nearly $40 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

New Campaign Gifts

University Advancement announces Mary Washington First Campaign gifts and pledges:

  • An alumna from the Class of 1961 has pledged $15,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
  • An alumnus from the Class of 1983 has arranged for an estate gift to UMW of $50,000.
  • In anticipation of their upcoming 50th reunion, members of the Class of 1969 have raised nearly $60,000 in gifts and pledges to create a need-based scholarship for UMW students who are first in their families to attend college.
  • The family of an alumna from the Class of 1945 gave $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for UMW students pursuing a music major.

Click here to watch the latest campaign video featuring an alumna from the Class of 1968.

The $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign began July 1, 2011, and went public April 26, 2014. As of April 30, 2015, Mary Washington alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and businesses have committed more than $39.5 million in gifts and pledges. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude June 30, 2016. Visit http://umw.edu/marywashingtonfirst or call 540/654-1024 for more information.

Donors Visit Dorsey Scholars and Make Campaign Gift

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The 2014-2015 Dorsey Scholars

Paul R. Judy and Mary Ann Dorsey Judy ’54 visited campus in early April to catch up with the Dorsey Scholars and to inform President Hurley of their $150,000 Mary Washington First Campaign gift.

This new Campaign gift will enhance the Dorsey Scholars Program, which the Judys established in 2008 with an initial gift of $1.1 million. Professor Venitta McCall serves as the program mentor and meets regularly with the nine 2014-2015 Dorsey Scholars to provide guidance for their projects and community service work.

In making this new campaign gift, the Judys wrote, “We are expressing our special pleasure in how the Dorsey Scholars Program is being administered and mentored. It is our impression … that the diverse, cohort approach, along with the superb mentoring, is having a very positive and probably memorable effect on the scholars’ UMW experience.”

The Dorsey Scholars program benefits selected full-time undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, and geography.

Scholarships are one of the seven priorities of the $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign. The comprehensive fundraising initiative began July 1, 2011, went public April 26, 2014, and is expected to conclude June 30, 2016. For more information, go to marywashingtonfirst.umw.edu or call 540-654-1024.

UMW Receives $1.25 Million Campaign Gift for Amphitheater

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Josephine McPherson Heslep ’56 and Donald B. Heslep

A $1.25 million pledge from an alumna and her husband has moved the University closer to the $3-million fundraising goal to restore its historic amphitheater.

The pledge, made by Josephine McPherson Heslep ’56 and her husband, Donald, of Richmond, Va., helps provide a total of $2.5 million toward the only capital project in the Mary Washington First Campaign. The amount raised includes a $1 million pledge from Robert and Alice Andrews Jepson ’64 of Savannah, Ga., and more than $250,000 in gifts and pledges from other alumni and friends.

“We still need to raise another half a million for the project,” says UMW President Richard V. Hurley, “but with the tremendous amount of nostalgia and pride our alumni feel for the amphitheater, we’re confident we will reach the final goal soon.”

For more than a century, the open-air amphitheater has been an integral part of the Mary Washington experience. Located in the grove behind Lee and Trinkle halls, it was the venue of choice for commencements, May Day celebrations, plays, concerts and even weddings. With age and recent storm damage, however, the site has been declared a safety hazard.

“I remember the amphitheater from my time as a student,” says Josephine Heslep. “We’re happy to offer our help so that once again it will be a great gathering place and performance venue.”

In past years, the Hesleps have provided significant support to the UMW Philharmonic. They also are members of the UMW President’s Council, Washington Society and Heritage Society.

When complete, the $3-million restoration will return the amphitheater to its 1952-1953 appearance by repairing and reconstructing damaged and missing pieces, and returning the surrounding woodlands to pristine condition. It also will provide seating for approximately 600 people on weather-resilient benches and chairs.

The amphitheater is one of seven priorities of the $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign. The comprehensive fundraising initiative began July 1, 2011, went public April 26, 2014, and is expected to conclude June 30, 2016. For more information, go to marywashingtonfirst.umw.edu or call 540-654-1024.

UMW Surpasses Founders Day Challenge Goal

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Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Torre Meringolo and President Richard V. Hurley

Thanks to support from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and students – UMW met and surpassed the $107,000 goal for the Founders Day Challenge.

From February 1 to March 14, 2015, nearly 950 donors made gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington totaling $127,653.

Click here to learn more about Mary Washington’s history and the Founders Day Challenge.

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Final Countdown to Founders Day

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Celebrating UMW’s Centennial in 2008.

Founders Day is Saturday, and the countdown continues for the Founders Day Challenge. As of March 12, alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff have contributed more than $90,000 toward the $107,000 goal.

To learn more about Founders Day history and how you can offer your support to the Fund for Mary Washington, visit http://giving.umw.edu/challenge.

All gifts to the Founders Day Challenge also count toward the Mary Washington First Campaign.

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Why Wait to Celebrate?

From the 75th Founders Day Celebration in 1983.

From the 75th Founders Day Celebration in 1983.

The countdown continues for the Founders Day Challenge. The goal is to raise $107,000 for the Fund for Mary Washington by March 14 in honor of UMW’s 107th anniversary.

As of Feb. 16, alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff have contributed more than $32,000 toward the goal.

One of seven priorities in the Mary Washington First Campaign, the Fund for Mary Washington is vital in filling the gaps between UMW’s operating budget from the Commonwealth of Virginia and actual needs for students and academic programs.

To learn more about Founders Day history and how you can offer your support to the Founders Day Challenge, visit http://giving.umw.edu/challenge.