Ways to Give

Online Gifts or Pledges

We accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express. Checks can be written to Washington and Lee University and sent to the Washington and Lee School of Law, Lewis Hall 517, 204 West Washington St., Lexington VA 24450-2116.

Stock or Wire Transfer

For information regarding wire transfers and stock transfers, click here.

Recurring Gifts

The Recurring Gift Program is intended to make supporting W&L's Annual Fund more convenient for the donor, and even more beneficial to W&L. This option allows donors to split their total yearly gift into manageable installments (monthly, quarterly, every other month, etc.). Donations can be made from a credit card or checking/savings account. And it allows W&L to immediately put these gifts to work throughout the academic year. To set up a recurring gift, use this online form.

Gifts of Tangible and Intangible Property

You can make your gift to the Law School with real estate, personal property, or life insurance. Almost any type of property-a personal residence, a farm, a vacation home, a commercial building or an undeveloped parcel of land-can constitute a gift. Tangible personal property includes artwork, jewelry, antiques and other physical objects.

Income Generating Gifts

For many friends and alumni, the desire to make a gift to Washington and Lee's School of Law is coupled with a continuing need for income from those assets. Fortunately, Washington and Lee's planned giving program makes it possible for a donor to achieve both of these objectives and receive substantial tax benefits as well. Life income gifts to the School of Law may take three basic forms: charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity and a pooled income fund. Often gifts in one of these forms will actually increase a donor's or beneficiary's income.

Fixed Term Gifts

Charitable lead trusts allow the donor to retain the assets of a trust, while letting the Law School use the assets of a trust for a fixed time period prior to the trust's maturation. The charitable lead trust can be a very powerful tool in gift and estate tax planning, but its complexity requires careful consideration of the technical requirements of this form of gift. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Branner (brannere@wlu.edu) at (540) 458-8191.

Testamentary Gifts

Bequests, retirement income plans, and other estate gifts offer significant tax advantages while allowing donors to make sizeable and important contributions to the future of the Law School. Fortunately, today's federal estate tax laws favor testamentary gifts. With the potential for combined federal estate and state death tax rates reducing significantly the size of an estate, a testamentary gift can be a desirable way to support the School of Law and reduce estate taxes.

Volunteering

Not all gifts can be measured in economic terms. Learn how to become an active participant in the Washington and Lee family. We would like to identify a Law Liaison in W&L Alumni chapters across the United States. There are many opportunities for involvement, including as an Alumni Weekend or Law Annual Fund volunteer, as a contact with foundations and corporations, and by interviewing our students for positions with your firm. For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Suzanne Wade at swade@wlu.edu.