May 25, 2019

Mary Wash Giving Day Donations Topped $600,000

Donors in 45 states and nine countries made more than 4,000 gifts to UMW topping $600,000.

Donors in 45 states and nine countries made more than 4,000 gifts to UMW topping $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 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends of the University, made more than 4,000 gifts on Giving Day, surpassing the goal of 3,500. These results broke last year’s Giving Day record and represented a 34% increase in gifts and a 33% increase in dollars raised. Read more. 

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 life and scholarships. Each gift helps to ensure a strong future for Mary Washington and its students, continuing a longstanding tradition of dynamic donor support at the 111-year-old institution.

Donors exceeded the day’s lofty goal of 3,500 gifts and topped last year’s results, breaking the record for the largest day of giving in University history. On Giving Day in March 2018, supporters made 2,987 gifts totaling $449,631. Read more.


Mary Wash Giving Day is March 19!

Mary Wash Giving Day is March 19. Make your gift at!

Faculty and staff are asked to go “all in” for UMW on our third annual Giving Day, to be held 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 Challenges and matches funded by generous donors will be “unlocked” throughout the day, multiplying the impact of each gift.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the Giving Day Headquarters in the University Center between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 19 for free food, prizes, games, and a photo booth.

The University has set a Giving Day goal of 3,500 gifts, topping last year’s tally of 2,987. On March 19, each gift will be tracked on dynamic leaderboards on the Giving Day website, providing real-time updates on progress toward the participation goal.

Donors may choose any area of the University to support with their Giving Day gifts. Gifts made during the 24-hour celebration will benefit students by providing funding for academic, athletic, arts, leadership, service, career, and cultural programs. Donors who wish to support the University’s areas of greatest need are asked to give to the Fund for Mary Washington.

Sign up to be a Giving Day Ambassador to help spread the word on social media!

Please contact the Office of Annual Giving with questions:

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

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:

Paying It Forward in 2017

The Office of University Advancement developed this infographic to provide a snapshot of philanthropy and engagement during fiscal year 2017. Thank you to everyone who made gifts in support of UMW’s mission!




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:

Mary Wash Giving Day is March 14

On Tuesday, March 14, join the 24-hour celebration by giving back to the areas that mean the most to you, including the Fund for Mary Washington, UMW Athletics, Arts & Culture, the President’s Impact Fund, the Amphitheatre Challenge, Scholarships, and the Colleges and Libraries.

Generous donors have stepped up with challenge matches totaling $42,000, doubling the impact of gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day. Set your alarm to wake up early with us on March 14 to unlock a $2,500 matching gift if we reach 109 donors by 9 a.m.!

We have set a goal of 654 donors for Mary Wash Giving Day, and gifts of all amounts are important and valued. Join President Paino, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Mary Washington in giving back to pay it forward. We can’t wait to see what happens when we all work together on #MaryWashDay!

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!

University Launches Founders Day Challenge

In celebration of our 108th founding anniversary on March 14, the Office of Annual Giving has launched the second annual Founders Day Challenge.

The challenge aims to raise $108,000 in two weeks for the Fund for Mary Washington, the University’s single largest source of unrestricted private support. Gifts to the Fund enable UMW to support students, programs and other needs not covered by the state’s operating budget.

During last year’s six-week Founders Day Challenge, 926 donors came together to give more than $127,000. Advancement staff decided to shorten this year’s Challenge to make it even more exciting. All gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington between March 1 and March 14 (Founders Day) will count toward the total. Faculty and staff are asked to help spread the word using the Challenge hashtag, #EaglesGive.

The Fund for Mary Washington is just one of seven areas of priority within UMW’s $50-million Mary Washington First Campaign. The campaign, which will close June 30, 2016, has garnered generous support from more than 16,000 donors since it was launched in 2011.

UMW was established as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Fredericksburg on March 14, 1908. It was the second institution in the state devoted exclusively to the training of teachers for public schools, after the Normal School for Women at Farmville, now Longwood University.

For more information about the founding of UMW, past Founders Day celebrations, the Challenge, or to make a donation, please visit To share your Mary Washington story in honor of Founders Day, please complete this short form.