Frequently Asked Questions

Does my $50 gift to the Annual Fund really make a difference?

A gift to the Annual Fund, no matter the amount, will help support the School’s continuing success and help the Law School reach its participation goal. Alumni participation continues to be important because many of our peer schools have much higher participation rates. The School of Law needs to increase participation to maintain its quality and reputation as a top law school. Participation is also important because it sends a message to potential students that Washington University School of Law graduates value the degree they received. With support from each alum, we can help the School of Law remain strong.

Take a look at how we stack up against some of our peers in alumni giving in fiscal year 2014:

Law School 

Alumni Participation 


Stanford University



University of Chicago



University of Virginia



Washington University School of Law 



College of William and Mary



*Rank is based on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report Rankings 

Every gift, regardless of amount, will help the Law School increase its level of alumni participatioin. 

What are the Washington University Giving Clubs?

Annual Giving Recognition

Century Club
Century Club Member $100 - $249
Century Club Fellow $250 - $499
Dean’s Committee $500 - $999
William Greenleaf Eliot Society
Eliot Member $1,000 - $2,499
Eliot Fellow $2,500 - $4,999
Eliot Benefactor $5,000* - $9,999
Eliot Patron $10,000 - $24,999
Danforth Circle $25,000 or more


*Gifts of $5,000 or more may be designated for named annual scholarships.

What is the William Greenleaf Eliot Society and how do I become a member?

The William Greenleaf Eliot Society is the University’s leadership donor society. Eliot Society members together represent the most generous and committed supporters of Washington University. For more information on the Eliot Society, please go to the website 

When does Washington University’s fiscal year end?

The University’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. You may make a gift any time. Many people choose to give before December 31 for tax purposes. 

What is William Greenleaf Eliot Society and how do I become a member?

Click here to read more about the William Greenleaf Eliot Society

How can I make a gift to the School of Law’s Annual Fund?

To find out how to make a gift or to make a gift online, please visit our secure site at: Please call 314-935-5246 if you wish to make a gift by phone.

Questions about the Annual Fund?

Please contact Elizabeth Kaul, Director of Development, at 314-935-7381 or email