As we were gearing up to conclude the 150th anniversary of Wilson's founding, we were hit with a pandemic causing international devastation. Campus was shut down on March 20 with all students, faculty and staff leaving campus to work and learn virtually.
The remaining three months of the fiscal year were met with unprecedented challenges; remote work and no travel or events, just to name a few. Amidst the challenges, our donors stepped up with incredible altruism. It is due to your support, that we can share that $4,572,002 was raised from 1,479 donors. We also are excited to report a goal breaking total for the Wilson Fund, the College's most critical unrestricted annual campaign; $1,211,312 was raised from 926 donors.
A major boost to the Wilson Fund came when Trustee Margaret Hamilton Duprey announced in February that she would match all gifts to the Wilson Fund up to $150,000. This, together with President Fugate's heartfelt plea to alumni during his virtual town halls and a personal message, to current and former trustees from Trustee Emerita Cynthia Dimmick Grove '63 and Betty Lou Leedom Thompson '60, resulted in donors flooding campus with generous donations. The Class of 1970 also answered the President's call, in a big way, by flipping just under $30,000 of funds raised for their 50th Class Reunion Scholarship to the Wilson Fund. Faculty member Dr. Julie Beck and her husband, Joel, a faculty adjunct at Wilson also responded and contributed $10,000 to the Wilson Fund. This was on top of the more than $7,000 the couple gives each year to their nursing award. We also received $5,000 to create a Covid-19 emergency fund for Wilson students from an anonymous staff member. When these funds were distributed in less than a week Wilson received another $5,000 from this very generous staff member. These stories and many others remind us, in times of crisis, Wilson donors come through in amazing ways.
We are profoundly grateful, at yet another defining point in Wilson’s history, for your investment in the future of Wilson College, thank you.
Camilla B. Rawleigh
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Pines and Maples Society
The Pines and Maples Society was established to honor those who supported Wilson College at the highest level, $1,000 or more, in the past fiscal year. View the Pines and Maples Society donor list here.
The following donors have supported the College's various programs and initiatives to include but not limited to; academic support, capital projects, endowment, faculty support, in-kind gifts, intercollegiate athletics, reunion class gifts, Single Parent Scholar Program, student scholarships. View the Restricted Giving donor list here.
Wilson Fund Giving
Supporting the Wilson Fund is a tangible way for donors to express their gratitude for the College and commitment to its future. The Wilson Fund is the College's most critical need avenue for supporting the College. View the Wilson Fund donor list here.
The Conococheague Society celebrates the philanthropy that has been an integral part of the College since Sarah Wilson provided her first gifts totaling $20,000 in 1869. Membership is offered to those generous individuals who have included Wilson in their estate plans. View the Conococheague Society donor list here.