June 29, 2022

It’s Official: Mary Wash Giving Day Donations Topped $600,000

The UMW community came together on a sunny Tuesday in March to take part in the third annual Mary Wash Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event to benefit students and programs across the University. The day’s final donation total—after all online and offline gifts were counted—exceeded $600,000. Donors from 45 states and nine countries, including […]

Donors Go ‘All In’ to Break Mary Wash Giving Day Record

The UMW family, across the country and across the world, came together to make history Tuesday, March 19, on Mary Wash Giving Day. During the 24-hour online fundraising marathon, donors in 45 states and seven countries made 3,533 gifts totaling $586,493* to benefit students and programs across the University, including the arts, academics, athletics, student […]

UMW Celebrates 111th Founders Day Anniversary

Today, March 14, 2019, marks 111 years since the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation establishing the State Normal and Industrial School at Fredericksburg, now the University of Mary Washington. As UMW celebrates Founders Day – and more than a century of contributions to generations of students, the greater Fredericksburg region, and the betterment of society […]

UMW Celebrates 111th Founders Day Anniversary

Today, March 14, 2019, marks 111 years since the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation establishing the State Normal and Industrial School at Fredericksburg, now the University of Mary Washington. As UMW celebrates Founders Day – and more than a century of contributions to generations of students, the greater Fredericksburg region, and the betterment of society […]

UMW Goes ‘All In’ With Lofty Goal for Giving Day

On Mary Wash Giving Day, also known as #MaryWashDay, donors can make gifts to areas across the University from midnight to 11:59 p.m. at givingday.umw.edu. Challenges and matches funded by generous donors will be “unlocked” throughout the day, multiplying the impact of each gift. The University has set a goal of 3,500 gifts, topping last year’s Giving Day tally of 2,987 gifts totaling more than $449,000. On March 19, each gift will be tracked on dynamic leaderboards on the site, providing real-time updates on progress toward the participation goal.  Read more.

UMW Goes ‘All In’ With Lofty Goal for Giving Day

The University of Mary Washington is asking alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends to go “All In” for its third annual giving day on Tuesday, March 19. On Mary Wash Giving Day, also known as #MaryWashDay, donors can make gifts to areas across the University from midnight to 11:59 p.m. at givingday.umw.edu. Challenges and […]

Giving Day Participation Form Due Sept. 10

The third annual Mary Wash Giving Day, the University’s 24-hour online fundraising event, will be held on March 19, 2019. The Office of Annual Giving requests that all departments and groups, returning or new, who wish to participate in Giving Day by raising funds for your department/group complete a participation form by September 10. This form is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/78GKRXT.

The first training session for Giving Day participants will be held in September; the date will be provided in a future EagleEye.

Questions should be directed to Beth Hunsinger, Director of Annual Giving: ehunsing@umw.edu.

Record Giving Day Totals Exceed Original Tallies

The Mary Washington community came together on March 20 to donate funds for the University’s students and programs. After all online and offline gifts were tallied, results of UMW’s second Mary Wash Giving Day exceeded preliminary figures for donors and dollars. All told, 2,418 donors made 2,987 gifts on Giving Day. Their gifts totaled $449,631 for areas across […]

A Look Back at #MaryWashDay

Mary Wash Giving Day, the University’s first 24-hour giving day, was the largest one-day fundraising effort in Mary Washington history. Held March 14, 2017, the celebration coincided with the 109th anniversary of the University’s founding. Snowy roads forced the closure of campus and cancellation of Giving Day events, but donors still turned out in force online to make the day a huge success.

Final Giving Day results are as follows:

·         1,218 gifts to areas across the University, including the Fund for Mary Washington, arts and cultural programs, athletics, academic departments, the Amphitheatre restoration, and scholarships

·         1,090 unique donors (counting each donor once, even if they made more than one gift), including 678 alumni (31 of whom are also faculty or staff members), and 58 current and former faculty and staff members.

·         $217,255 in gifts and gift commitments, including $80,655 for the Fund for Mary Washington

As we mark one month since this historic day of philanthropy, gifts are already at work strengthening the Mary Washington experience for students. This snapshot from the Office of Annual Giving provides additional highlights of the day:

Together, We Met the Challenge!

We are thrilled to report that 614 donors, including many faculty and staff, came together in just two weeks to make $108,334 in gifts and gift commitments to the Fund for Mary Washington, exceeding the goal of $108,000 to mark the University’s 108th founding anniversary.

The funds raised during the Challenge will preserve and strengthen the Mary Washington tradition. Thank you to all who made the second annual Founders Day Challenge a success!