Giving Annual Giving
The Wabash Annual Fund directly supports Wabash students and the College’s mission to educate men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely. Your annual gift sustains the traditional Wabash experience while also providing the most innovative opportunities for students.
When our founders knelt in the snow 180 years ago, they were serious about establishing a college for young men in the heart of the Wabash country. We are serious about continuing the tradition of excellence put forth by our dedicated founders.
Wabash was started with $25,000. Now, we have our sights set on increasing our Annual Fund to $4 million. Seriously. Continuing to provide an education and opportunities that develop men who change the world requires the serious and fanatical support of alumni, parents, and friends like you.
Give serious consideration today to supporting Wabash students by making a one-time or recurring gift to the Annual Fund.
Participation doesn’t mean making a BIG gift, it means making A gift.
At Wabash we don’t say our alumni are loyal, we say they are fanatical. In the 2014 U.S. News and World Report college rankings, Wabash has the 27th highest graduate giving rate among National Liberal Arts Colleges. In order to achieve continued excellence, we want to increase this participation rate every year. Participating doesn’t require you to make a big gift, but it does require you to make A gift—not just for one year, but every year.
Here are some reasons why your participation is critical to expanding the culture of philanthropy at Wabash.
- Consistent participation is the foundation on which all philanthropy to Wabash is built.
- High alumni participation sends a clear message to our students that those who came before them place a high value on their education and are willing to invest in the institution.
- Prospective students rely on rankings such as those in U.S. News and World Report and other college guides to inform their college choice. The alumni giving percentage helps drive those rankings.
- Foundations who provide generous private support look to our alumni giving percentage as a sign of a stable, well-supported institution—criteria essential to any successful proposal.
Join with more than 5,000 other alumni and friends who annually support the Wabash students and faculty by making your Annual Fund gift now.
There are seven areas of the Annual Fund for you to allocate your gift. In addition, when alumni celebrating a reunion during the 2017 Big Bash Reunion Weekend make a gift, they are supporting Wabash students and helping their class achieve their reunion year giving goals.
Leadership giving to the College begins with those who give $1,000 or more from personal contributions or a combination of personal and corporate matching gifts as members of the 1832 Society.
Your gift to the Annual Fund might also be eligible for a matching gift from your employer. Matching gifts often allow you to double or triple the value of your gift to Wabash.
Fiscal Year & Annual Fund Goals
Gifts made to Wabash between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 will be included in the 2016-2017 fiscal year and will be counted toward the 2016-2017 Annual Fund goals.