Endowment Giving The Importance of Endowment

48% Percentage of W&L's 2018-19 operating budget derived from philanthropy
$1.6 billion W&L's endowment as of June 30, 2018
$18.76 million New gifts and pledges invested in W&L's endowment in 2017-18

Earnings from endowments provide the great majority of the philanthropic support sustaining W&L each year. When you give a gift to establish or build an endowment, your gift:

  • Provides annual revenues that support the chosen purpose of your endowed fund
  • Helps W&L keep tuition increases to a minimum
  • Contributes to the financial strength that allows W&L to remain true to its mission

W&L has established specific funding priorities and endowment sizes so your investment in an existing or new endowment will be helpful and effective.

List of Endowed Funds

Washington and Lee's endowed funds ensure talented students have access to a W&L education, provide faculty with opportunities for research and academic enrichment, support university programs so that they thrive, and sustain the beauty of the historic campus.

Endowment Thresholds

Endowment thresholds indicate the minimum gift you would need to give to establish an endowment supporting one of W&L’s current fundraising priorities.