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Annual Gifts through the Wesleyan Fund

(Fiscal year: July 1 through June 30)

An exceptional student body, a distinguished faculty, fine library and laboratory facilities, remarkable performances in the studio and on the athletic field, memorable moments on Foss Hill—all are made possible by the collective support of alumni, parents and friends who make gifts of all sizes through the Wesleyan Fund.

Reunion Gifts

At Reunion you can catch up with classmates, celebrate the place of your class in Wesleyan’s history, and connect to Wesleyan today. Reunions are also milestones to celebrate Wesleyan and to show your support through concentrated class giving.

Reunion gifts—large and small—are typically made through the Wesleyan Fund. With a stretch four-year reunion pledge during the THIS IS WHY campaign, your philanthropy can make a bigger impact for Wesleyan than you may have first thought.

And a planned gift or a gift to the endowment can make your reunion all the more meaningful.

Leadership Societies

Wesleyan leadership societies recognize alumni, parents, and friends who put the University first in their philanthropy—as donors and volunteers. All are welcome to join!

Wesleyan Circle
Recognizes the extraordinary philanthropic commitment of Wesleyan donors who have given $1,000,000 or more to the University in their lifetime.

1831 Society
Recognizes leadership donors who make annual gifts of $1,831 or more and volunteers who make extraordinary contributions of their time and talent. 1831 commemorates Wesleyan's founding year.

GOLD: Recognizes members of the Senior Class and Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) who are making annual leadership gifts to Wesleyan:

Senior Class   $100
One to Four Years Out   $250+
Five to Nine Years Out   $500+
10th Reunion   $1,831

Olin Associates
Recognizes members of the Wesleyan community who have demonstrated their commitment to the future of the University by including Wesleyan in their estate plans or by making life income or deferred gifts.

Gifts to the Endowment

Endowment gifts exist in perpetuity, start at $100,000, and can be made over a period of up to five years. Options include:

  • Scholarships. When you endow a scholarship, you provide substantial support for students throughout their undergraduate careers, enabling them to take advantage of all that Wesleyan has to offer.
  • Internships and Summer Research Fellowships. Endowed internships enable students to work in demanding real-world situations and expand upon the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom. Summer research fellowships enable students to work in close collaboration with faculty working at the highest level. Internships and research fellowships often open the way for students to envision next steps after Wesleyan.
  • Support for Wesleyan’s Signature Colleges and Centers. Endowment gifts can support the signature programs and colleges that help to make a liberal arts education here so innovative.
  • Endowed Chair. Recognizing extraordinary academic accomplishment, endowed chairs (which start at $3 million) help to attract and retain outstanding faculty while bolstering the financial standing and long-term security of the entire University.
To learn more, please contact Robert Mosca, Director of Major Gifts, at (860) 685-3730 or rmosca@wesleyan.edu.

Planned Gifts

By making a planned gift you leave a legacy and help secure Wesleyan’s future. You can develop a comprehensive plan that involves your annual and reunion giving, bequests, retirement plan, life insurance designations, or a life income gift that will benefit you or a loved one in retirement years.

This comprehensive plan can evolve over time, allowing you to create win-win solutions for you, your family, and Wesleyan.

For alumni celebrating their 50th reunion, a documented bequest intention counts for campaign credit and credit toward the overall reunion gift.

To learn more, please call the Office of Gift Planning at (860) 685-5775.

Olin Associates

Established in 1989, the Olin Associates society recognizes and honors generous alumni and friends who have made a commitment to the future of Wesleyan through their financial and estate plans. Its members have made provisions for Wesleyan in their wills, through life income gifts, or through other kinds of deferred gifts.

To learn more, please call the Office of Gift Planning at (860) 685-5775.