The Importance of Individual Giving


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Every year, nearly 2,000 members of the Wheelock community give back to the College through philanthropy. From alumni to faculty and staff, to children and spouses of deceased alumni, these people give back to Wheelock for many different reasons. Some of Wheelock’s most loyal donors have made a tremendous impact on the College with consistent support that spans decades. In 2015 we had over 80 individuals make their 30th consecutive gift to the College. That’s a gift every fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for the last 30 years! Many of these donors make a yearly gift if less than $100 and, it’s that gift, no matter the size, that tells us Wheelock is continuing to fulfill its mission of improving the lives of children and families.

In addition to these amazing longtime donors, we have a group of donors, including young alumni, who have made gifts every year since they graduated from Wheelock*:

  • Colleen Pierce Brown ’04/’05MS
  • Kathleen Hurley DeVarennes ’87
  • Rebecca L. Gould ’09
  • Donna LaRoche ’79
  • Emily B. Layok ’12/’14MS
  • Carrie L. LeGeyt ’11/’12MS
  • Adelaide Duffy Queeney ’88MS
  • Patricia Grief Sammataro ’76

With votes of confidence like this, we know Lucy Wheelock would be proud of her graduates going out into the world to improve the lives of children and families.

You may be asking why individual participation rates are important, and the answer is twofold. Many foundations ask about individual support before making a decision to support a college. They want to know how those closest to the college feel about the college and whether they support it financially — so higher participation rates translate directly into increased outside funding for the College.

Individual giving is also important because of its impact on institutional reputation. When a member of the Wheelock community chooses to make a gift, no matter the amount, it’s a vote of confidence in the College’s mission and the future of its graduates.

Join Wheelock community members from around the world and cast YOUR vote of confidence for Wheelock by making a gift on March 30 as part of Wheelock’s first annual Giving Day.

If you are interested in becoming an online or on-campus ambassador for the first Wheelock Giving Day, email Geoff in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at

*This is calculated based on fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) and includes only digital records, which date back to the mid-1970s.