Loyalty, Tradition, Excellence
Bell Society members set the foundation for an incredible future.
The bold, distinctive sound of the beloved Wren Bell has called our community together for centuries. In its deep, melodic toll we find our connection to this great university and each other. This special bond is especially true for our steadfast Bell Society members.
Loyalty and tradition are at the heart of our incredible institution, and your annual support is critical to ensuring a resounding future.
Donors become Bell Society members after giving to W&M for two consecutive fiscal years. To retain membership, donors must make at least one gift, no matter the size, each fiscal year (from July 1 to June 30). A lapse in annual giving will restart the consecutive giving year count.
The diligent support of our consecutive donors keeps William & Mary at the forefront of excellence in education.
With your gift each year, you join an incredible group of loyal W&M supporters who are deeply committed to ensuring the university will thrive for generations to come.
Why I Give: Bell Society Stories
- Lisa Romano Turner ’95 and Kevin Turner ’95
- Sara Strehle Duke ’06
- Sophia Perrotti ’16
- Hodan Seager ‘18
Bell Society Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between fiscal year and calendar year?
Like many other organizations, William & Mary’s fiscal year, or annual accounting period, is different from the calendar year. As a higher ed institution, our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 to follow the academic calendar. Our annual giving recognition follows the same cycle, and you may be reminded to make a gift before June 30, so it is counted before the books close for the fiscal year. We also send giving reminders at the end of the calendar year (Dec. 31) to encourage supporters to take advantage of any year-end tax benefits related to charitable giving.
When is my gift counted toward Bell Society membership?
Any gift made between July 1 and June 30 will count as a fiscal year (FY) gift. Membership in the Bell Society requires gifts to be made two fiscal years in a row. For example, someone who made a gift between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022 (FY22) would need to make a gift before June 30, 2023 (FY23), to be recognized as a Bell Society member. While we encourage donors to take advantage of tax benefits from giving before the end of the calendar year, a gift does not need to be made until June 30 to be included in Bell Society membership.
For additional information, contact:
- Meghan Dauler Palombo, Associate Vice President for Annual Giving & Philanthropic Engagement