- Volunteer Leadership
Volunteers are essential to building a culture of engagement and philanthropy at William & Mary. The following leadership boards and volunteer groups are charged with specific responsibilities to help support the mission of University Advancement and ensure William & Mary’s robust success.
The Annual Giving Board is organized to assist and promote William & Mary through the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors, with special emphasis on annual gifts. The board plays an active role in developing volunteer networks, reaching out to donors and advising in the development of strategy and operational plans to drive success of annual giving.
Class ambassadors volunteer to work with a small group of their classmates or friends by reaching out to them at key points throughout the year to convey the importance of giving back to the university. They serve as a William & Mary liaison to their personal network, providing regular updates and identifying ways to engage with the university.
The Parent & Family Council (PFC) is a community of parent volunteer leaders who are dedicated to increasing parent engagement, promoting William & Mary, and strengthening the Tribe family. PFC families enhance student life and student success initiatives by giving and raising vital funds for the Parents Fund. As parent ambassadors, PFC members welcome new Tribe families and help them navigate life with a college student. Members also meet faculty and administrators, provide parent perspectives to William & Mary’s senior leadership, and learn about university initiatives and priorities.
The Society of 1918 fosters the engagement of women in the life of the university in active and meaningful ways and impacts W&M’s future through its continued generosity and leadership. The society’s philanthropic investment and programming benefits a diverse constituency including current students, alumnae, parents, faculty and staff. Opportunities for W&M women are varied and include serving on a volunteer university board, participating in society events, mentoring, networking and advocating on behalf of the university while seeking to achieve a level of influence and representation commensurate with the broader W&M community.
The William & Mary Foundation (the “Foundation”), chartered in 1939, is responsible for increasing private support and investing and managing non-public funds to enhance the mission of William & Mary. To realize institutional aims, Foundation trustees seek gifts and endowments for scholarships, fellowships, professorships and other important purposes from the university’s alumni, friends, corporations and foundations; prudently invest such gifts; and allocate the return in accordance with any restriction placed upon a gift by a donor and the university’s most-pressing needs.
The William & Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors works to engage alumni in advancing the mission of the university. Directors play an integral role in promoting William & Mary’s current and ongoing excellence and work closely and collaboratively with the administration, fellow volunteer leaders, and alumni to that end. The Association is an independently incorporated non-profit organization, governed by a 24-member corporate board. Elected by alumni, the Board of Director’s role is to oversee policy, finance and governance issues for the successful execution of the Association’s mission.