A Message From the Vice President for Institutional Advancement:
I begin this letter with simple appreciation for each and every one of you who have welcomed, advised, and encouraged me during these first six months at Wilson. I feel embraced by a community that loves Wilson College. With the ripples of COVID’s impact on higher education and the College’s new intensive strategic action and planning process, it truly is an unprecedented time to be here.
This summer, as the pandemic mitigation temporarily eased, and many were vaccinated, I began to travel and meet our amazing alumnae/i and donors in person. One of our donors told me her story, and then said, simply: “Wilson saved my life.” She wasn’t the first one from whom I have heard those words about Wilson, and it seems unusual to me. Many people love their alma maters… but how many can say that their alma mater saved their life? That’s a pretty earth-shattering sentiment. And when a place or person changes – or saves! - your life – the gratitude makes giving a joy. I believe Wilson doesn’t just shape or impact lives – sometimes, Wilson saves lives. And then those lives go on to save others – as teachers, nurses, business owners, etc. It’s perhaps the best “pay it forward.”
Since March of 2020, several significant acts of generosity have lifted up lives at Wilson: gifts of groceries for food insecure students visiting Sarah’s Cupboard, and personal protection equipment and COVID testing supplies from Wellspan Health; gifts of innovation and resourcefulness by our dining services contractor Sage and physical plant contractor National Management Resources; and gifts of remarkable service and sacrifice by administrators, faculty, staff and student workers.
An equally life-giving force has been your support. Because of you, the College raised $1,171,457 for the Wilson Fund in the 2021 fiscal year, generously surpassing our goal of $1 million. Overall our generous donors gave $7,429,668 during this past fiscal year, including several incredibly thoughtful legacy gifts that will live at Wilson for generations to come.
What have these gifts made real for students? What impact have you had? Your support for Wilson placed motivated educators in challenged classrooms as 101 students earned their Pennsylvania Teacher Certification. Your love for Wilson allowed the College to hold its 12th annual Student Research Day virtually with our Zoom videoconferencing platform – nearly 130 students presented. Your intentions for Wilson meant the College could keep tuition and housing costs the same for this 2021-2022 academic year, making it more affordable for traditional undergraduate students and their struggling families.
In the months ahead, I hope to better learn and tell the story of Wilson – this small and mighty college with its incredible history.
I hope, too, to hear your personal Wilson story and how your life was impacted.
Changing lives – saving lives! It’s what our Wilson family can do, together.
Pines and Maples Society
The Pines and Maples Society was established to honor those who supported Wilson College at the highest level, $1,000 or more, in the past fiscal year. View the 2021 Pines and Maples Society donor list here.
The following donors have supported the College's various programs and initiatives to include but not limited to; academic support, capital projects, endowment, faculty support, in-kind gifts, intercollegiate athletics, reunion class gifts, Single Parent Scholar Program, student scholarships. View the 2021 Restricted Giving donor list here.
Wilson Fund Giving
Supporting the Wilson Fund is a tangible way for donors to express their gratitude for the College and commitment to its future. The Wilson Fund is the College's most critical need avenue for supporting the College. View the 2021 Wilson Fund donor list here.
The Conococheague Society celebrates the philanthropy that has been an integral part of the College since Sarah Wilson provided her first gifts totaling $20,000 in 1869. Membership is offered to those generous individuals who have included Wilson in their estate plans. View the 2021 Conococheague Society donor list here.