When the society was founded one of the first actions was to create an endowment that would support lifelong engagement and leadership opportunities for W&M women. To that end, the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment was established to enrich women’s 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 together to strengthen our bonds with one another and the university, allowing us to empower generations of W&M women around the world. The endowment is unique in that it is funded almost exclusively by and for 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 women 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

Membership Requirements

Membership is offered to all women who contribute $10,000 over a 5-year period ($2,000/year or $167/month) to the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment.

We now also offer a special Young Guarde rate for alumnae who have or will graduate after 2010. Young Guarde members may join the society with a contribution of $5,000 over a 5-year period ($1,000/year or $84/month).

Membership is renewable after five years with an annual contribution of $2,000 to the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment.


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"I came along during a time of limited opportunities for women. Now, I have granddaughters coming of age who have benefited from advancements initiated by remarkable thinkers and doers. I want the doors to be fully open to all of our students and their contemporaries."

-V. Stuart Richardson Dopp ’62