When the society was founded one of the first actions was to create an endowment that would support lifelong engagement and leadership opportunities. To that end, the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment was established to enrich engagement regionally and help keep the university on the cutting edge of women's engagement. It will support regional and interest-based programming that brings W&M women and their supporters together to strengthen bonds with one another and the university, allowing empowerment of generations of W&M women around the world. The endowment is unique in that it is funded almost primarily by women. Read why our members give. 

Benefits of Membership
  • Receive invitations to exclusive complimentary Society of 1918 events
  • Engage with W&M’s senior leaders for an insider’s view on key university initiatives and issues, and share your perspective
  • Network with an elite group of W&M leaders and philanthropists
  • Enjoy reduced admission to all W&M Women events, including book signings, panel discussions, behind-the-scenes tours, exhibitions and much more on campus and throughout the country
Recognition Requirements

Society of 1918 recognition is offered to all donors who contribute $10,000 over a 5-year period ($2,000/year or $167/month) with at least $2,000 the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment and the balance to any fund(s) of your choice.

We now also offer a special rate for the Young Guarde (alumnae who have or will graduate after 2013), faculty and staff of William & Mary, and active duty/veterans. They may join the society with a contribution of $5,000 over a 5-year period ($1,000/year or $84/month) with at least $1,000 committed to the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment.

Graduating seniors, both undergraduate students and graduate students in their final year, are invited to join at a rate of $1,000 over a 5-year period ($200/year or $16.67/month) committed to the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment.

Membership is renewable after five years.



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"I joined the Society of 1918 because I think it’s important to make sure the next generation of William & Mary women are always at the table. I am happy to join as a young ally and the Young Guarde price made a big difference in pushing me to do so. I am also so excited that my mom and I could join at the same time!"

-Ashley Poling ’09