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 continued success.
50th Reunion Committee
The 50th Reunion committee works to support, enhance and execute an exceptional 50th Reunion for their class. Together, the committee plans, develops and implements reunion programming and strategies to build maximum attendance during the reunion weekend. Committee members are responsible for soliciting classmates for gifts and pledges to their class projects and for contacting classmates to encourage participation.
The Annual Giving Board assists and promotes William & Mary by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding 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.
APIM is a collection of alumni who self-identify as Asian, Pacific Islander and/or Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian, with diverse heritages and experiences. Our mission is to honor and explore our diversity to cultivate a vibrant community in which all APIM alumni belong. Alumni are invited to share engagement ideas through the APIM Alumni Advisory Board. Alumni are also encouraged to self-nominate for a board seat during election years.
The Association of 1775 is a robust network of William & Mary alumni, parents, family and friends who serve the U.S. government within the military, as veterans and as civil servants. This affinity group is a community of people with two important things in common: a love of our alma mater and a passion for service and leadership.
Class ambassadors volunteer to work with a small group of their classmates, friends or fellow members of their social fraternity and sorority chapters by reaching out to them at key points throughout the year to convey the importance of giving back to the university. They serve as William & Mary liaisons to their personal networks, providing regular updates and identifying ways to engage with the university.
The Crim Dell Association is William & Mary’s identity group representing alumni dedicated to expanding the freedom to love and express gender and sexual identity. Our mission is to cultivate a vibrant community, expand opportunities for current LGBTQ+ students and allies and maintain a strong connection with the university. Alumni are invited to share engagement ideas through the Crim Dell Alumni Advisory Board. Alumni are also encouraged to self-nominate for a board seat during election years.
The Employer Advisory Board (EAB) of the William & Mary Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement has the following responsibilities: help strengthen program and services; offer employer perspectives to the office; advise and support employer relations and development initiatives; provide advice and ideas for enhancing the office’s public image; assist with mock interviews; participate in resume reviews; support on-campus recruitment, full-time job and internship recruitment; and participate in networking opportunities.
The Sourcing & Nominations Committee of the EAB identifies talent acquisition professionals from a variety of fields including management, consulting, government, nonprofit, creative areas and STEM to join the board. Nominees must possess an active interest and involvement in the employment of the college-educated, a willingness to assist in setting and achieving Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement goals, and the ability to devote the time and energy necessary to serve on the board. Demonstrated competencies in leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, strategic decision making and organizational skills/resource management are required.
The Hulon Willis Association, a collective of alumni who identify as Black and/or of African descent, seeks volunteers for board leadership, committee involvement, and scholarship application review.
The Latinx Alumni Association furthers the connection of Latinx alumni with the university, faculty, student body and each other, while building power in our larger community to create a more equitable college environment. We work to acknowledge and build on the history and contributions of the Latinx community at William & Mary, to foster a future where diversity and unity are our strengths. Alumni are invited to share engagement ideas through the Latinx Alumni Advisory Board. Alumni are also encouraged to self-nominate for a board seat during election years.
The Olde Guarde Council is the governing body of the Olde Guarde, which consists of all members of the William & Mary Alumni Association whose class graduated 50 years ago or more. Through social, service and educational programs, the Olde Guarde Council provides opportunities for members to connect with each other and support our alma mater.
The Order of the White Jacket’s goals and objectives include fostering and strengthening the fraternal bond between alumni who served in food service, promoting the honor and dignity of work ethic through manual labor to finance a college education, supporting current students working their way through college in food service through scholarship opportunities, and advancing the interests of the W&M Alumni Association and 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 W&M 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.
W&M Alumni Professional Network Volunteers lead and leverage the worldwide William & Mary community of alumni, parents, family and friends to enhance professional success for all. Volunteers help bring together peers in various professional networks through an evolving web of opportunities, connections and events that unite the One Tribe One Network community.
Regional Network Leaders engage the William & Mary community in their local area through in-person and virtual engagement opportunities. Regional Network Leaders have two primary goals: to build W&M connections within the region and connect the W&M community back to alma mater.
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.
Admission volunteers are trained representatives tasked with interacting with prospective students and families through college fairs and admitted student outreach activities.
The William & Mary 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, the 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 (WMAA) is an independently incorporated nonprofit organization. Elected by alumni, its board of directors works to engage alumni in advancing the mission of the university and oversees policy, finance and governance issues for the successful execution of the WMAA’s mission. Directors play an integral role in promoting William & Mary’s current and ongoing excellence by work closely and collaboratively with the administration, fellow volunteer leaders and alumni.
Interested in connecting with other recent alumni and helping to plan events and programs? Want to contribute your time, talent and treasure to W&M? The Young Guarde Council might be just the thing for you! If you are selected to join the council, you can serve for up to 10 years after graduation, renewed yearly. Young Guarde Council members are the voice of their class, and you will be provided firsthand access to the latest information from the Alumni Association staff as an engagement leader. You will have the opportunity to serve on a subcommittee of the Alumni Association board.