Your Gift Matters!

Every gift makes a difference to every student, every day.

Every gift to Arts & Sciences provides a financial backing to the more than forty departments, programs, and concentrations that provide majors and minors to our students, as well as the research centers and programmatic efforts that provide a strong range of experience for our students and multi-disciplinary research opportunities for our faculty.

Your support in five key areas will help Arts & Sciences meet the challenges today and in the years ahead:

  • Annual Unrestricted Support
  • Investment in the Future
  • Outstanding Faculty
  • Talented & Diverse Student Body
  • Teaching, Research, and Living Environment

For more information or to make a gift, please contact the Arts & Sciences Alumni & Development staff

Scholars in Arts & Sciences

Scholarship support allows some of the best students in the world to attend Washington University. By helping students prepare for their future careers, you make an investment that will benefit society for generations to come.

George Fonyo with Daughter Kate Fonyo Pisano and Grandsons

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Fonyo Murek Family Challenge for the William Greenleaf Eliot Society

Kate Fonyo Pisano established the Fonyo Murek Family Challenge to honor her father, George Fonyo, AB ’49, and aunt, Leila Jane Fonyo Murek, AB ’46, and acknowledge the lasting impact Washington University has had on her family. The Fonyo Murek Family Challenge for the William Greenleaf Eliot Society will provide a 1:1 match for Arts & Sciences New Eliot Society memberships ($1,000 or more) and a 1:2 match for Arts & Sciences Eliot Society multi-year commitments ($1,000 or more per year).

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Washington University Eliot Society

The Eliot Society provides 74% of all unrestricted funds for the university’s schools and programs each year. Membership begins with an annual, unrestricted gift of $1,000. The leadership of the Eliot Society helps our university sustain the highest standards of excellence.

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Our Priorities

Annual Unrestricted Support (Annual Fund)

The Annual Fund for Arts & Sciences is more than a source of vital resources; it is an investment in the future. Unrestricted, annual gifts support all aspects of Arts & Sciences, from the student experience and financial aid to department funding and research. Your generosity provides current, expendable income to help launch new academic programs and create exciting new educational opportunities, as well as makes every aspect of Washington University - teaching, research, learning, and community engagement - possible.

Annual Fund gifts of $100 and above qualify donors for membership in the Century Club, and gifts of $1,000 or more enroll donors in the William Greenleaf Eliot Society. For more information about the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund, please contact Associate Director of Development Allison Oberkirsch at 314-935-5249.

Investment in the Future (Endowment)

When you make an endowment gift, you are truly making an investment in the future. These gifts are invaluable to the strength, quality and success of Washington University and Arts & Sciences. Endowed professorships, endowed scholarships, endowed academic and research programs and endowed facility funds together provide critical permanent support for our faculty’s teaching and research and our students’ educational experience.

The goal of the endowment is to provide stable support for future generations. To discuss endowment opportunities, please contact Executive Director of Development Steven Rosenblum at 314-935-5308.

Outstanding Faculty (Professorship)

During the Leading Together: the Campaign for Washington University, Arts & Sciences aims to raise $120 million in gifts and commitments to retain and recruit the finest teachers and scholars in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as secure more than 35 additional endowed professorships, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member.

Gifts that strengthen our faculty will strengthen every aspect of the faculty mission: teaching, research, and mentorship—great teachers help students achieve subject matter expertise, quality research enhances the reputation of Washington University and Arts & Sciences, and strong mentorship prepares undergraduates and graduate students to become the leaders of tomorrow. Please contact Executive Director of Development Steven Rosenblum at 314-935-5308 to discuss how your gift can impact faculty support.

Talented and Diverse Student Body (Scholarship)

Your support helps prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Today, nearly half of all Arts & Sciences undergraduate students and nearly all of our graduate students receive some sort of financial aid, which makes their attendance possible. The goal of Scholars in Arts & Sciences is to bridge the gap for those students whose family situations might otherwise put Washington University out of reach.

Every gift helps a student today, and all financial aid gifts count towards our overall goal for the Leading Together: the Campaign for Washington University. To learn how you can make a difference, please contact Senior Associate Director of Development Julianne Smutz at 314-935-5148.

Teaching, Research, and Living Environments (Facilities)

Our overarching goal in Arts & Sciences is to ensure that our students’ educational experiences are of the highest quality, and that the faculty has every tool needed for outstanding teaching and research. Achieving this goal not only depends on financial resources, but also hinges on the spaces in which we work. The renovation of our existing gems and the construction of new facilities ensure that the built environment will continue to serve the needs of a vital, world-class teaching and research university, while maintaining one of the loveliest campuses in the country.

Today, and for the foreseeable future, research requires interdisciplinary teams, working in spaces that enable collaboration, are highly adaptable to the ever-changing nature of our research, and make use of both shared and dedicated equipment. For more information about making a gift to support the facilities that Arts & Sciences students and faculty call home now and into the future, please contact Executive Director of Development Steven Rosenblum at 314-935-5308.

"With much pride, every year we are loyal partners of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society. Our support helps provide Arts and Sciences with the funds for scholarships, faculty teaching and research, technology, and many other areas to keep our Washington University a premier learning environment."

―Barb Bindler, AB ’65 & Dan Bindler, BS ’65Barb is the Chair of the Arts & Sciences Eliot Society Committee