The Society of 1918 is committed to growing the engagement, leadership and philanthropy of W&M women to achieve a level of impact, influence and generosity commensurate with their majority representation in the alumni community. Read more about the beginnings of the society.
When the society was founded one of the first actions was to create an endowment that would support lifelong engagement and leadership opportunities for W&M women. To that end, the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment was established to enrich women’s engagement regionally and provide exclusive programming for members of the Society of 1918. The endowment is unique in that it is funded almost exclusively by and for women. Read an interview with Matthew T. Lambert, vice president for university advancement, about women and philanthropy at William & Mary.
Membership in the Society of 1918 has grown to more than 370 women. Membership is offered to all women who contribute $10,000 over a 5-year period ($2,000/year or $167/month) to the Alumnae Initiatives Endowment. We now also offer a special Young Guarde rate for alumnae from the Classes of 2018-2009. Young Guarde members may join the society with a contribution of $5,000 over a 5-year period ($1,000/year or $84/month).