Annual Giving

Annual gifts help move us forward!   You can make a difference by giving today.

Annual gifts are contributions to W&M Libraries by alumni, parents, and friends. Many annual gifts are unrestricted and allow us to address the most pressing needs and projects. All annual gifts are tax deductible.

The most pressing needs fund for W&M Libraries is the W&M Libraries Make a Difference Fund (Allocation #3108). Donations to this fund occur throughout the year and donors are presented with opportunities to give via personal appeals, mailings, e-appeals, and phone-a-thon.

What does my annual gift to W&M Libraries support?

  • Space: private giving keeps “the campus living room” comfortable for students by paying for furniture; enhancements for group study rooms, like whiteboards; and facility maintenance, like fresh paint.
  • Collections: with state funding becoming limited, in order to keep up with inflationary costs, the libraries rely heavily on private funding to maintain and cultivate a collection worthy of the scholarly pursuits of William & Mary students and faculty.
  • Student Support: W&M Libraries are one of the leading employers of students on campus, and private funds help with student assistantships and special projects funding.
  • Special Projects: like digitization of premier collections, collaborations with faculty, and outreach beyond campus.

Sir Francis Nicholson Society

Sir Francis Nicholson served as the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and eventually the Governor of Virginia during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. During this period, he became a benefactor of the newly formed College of William & Mary. In 1698, Sir Francis Nicholson gave the College his personal library consisting of almost 150 volumes. These books, which unfortunately were destroyed in the Wren Building fire of October 29, 1705, formed the core of William & Mary's library.

Today, W&M Libraries is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 university library systems in the country. And now, donors can honor Sir Francis Nicholson's legacy by joining the giving society bearing his name. Sir Francis Nicholson honorees donate $1,000 or more annually to W&M Libraries.

For more information, please contact our office.