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Support the Winthrop Fund

Annual giving is the cornerstone of Winthrop University's fundraising efforts. Each year, Winthrop's loyal alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff are asked to support the university through the Winthrop Fund. These vital annual gifts provide a key revenue source for student scholarships, the Winthrop Alumni Association, faculty awards, and other university initiatives on an annual basis. Since they are unrestricted, gifts to the Winthrop Fund can be used where they are needed most immediately.

Help Winthrop enrich the lives of its students by contributing to the Winthrop Fund. Every gift matters and brings us closer to our overall goal enabling Winthrop to provide scholarships to deserving students.

Why Is Alumni Giving Important?

Steadfast alumni participation in annual giving is a valuable measure of Winthrop pride and satisfaction. It is a factor in college rankings and the amount of financial support the university receives from foundations. Winthrop’s goal is for all alumni to support their alma mater with a gift each year.

Class Giving / Reunion Giving

Each year Winthrop alumni are encouraged to attend the Homecoming and Alumni Reunion held in November. We celebrate milestone reunions for every five years – celebrating all classes ending in ‘4’s and ‘9’s this year. The event takes place November 14-16, 2014, and we'd like you to attend. In addition to reminiscing on time spent at Winthrop, we encourage our alumni to give back with a reunion gift. In the months leading up to reunion, alumni are inspired to make a gift or pledge to the Winthrop Fund. These gifts and pledges are announced during our Homecoming and Alumni Reunion weekend for each milestone class.

Other Ways to Support the Winthrop Fund

Brick Campaign

The Scholars Walk Brick Campaign enables Winthrop's donors to leave a mark on the university by purchasing a brick for $125 and engraving it with a message of their choice. Learn more about the Brick Campaign.


Winthrop's Phonathon employs student callers from a diverse mixture of the university's programs who possess unlimited passion for the university. The call center enables our students to contact alumni, friends and parents on a year-round basis to raise funds for the Winthrop Fund. Learn more about Phonathon.

Go Gold for Life

Go Gold for Life is our student giving program that contributes to making Winthrop a better place. Your gift to the Winthrop Fund will honor your Winthrop experience and serves as a way to celebrate memories, friendships and valuable moments. Small gifts add up to big things! Give back so you can ensure that Winthrop continues to attract outstanding students and maintains its positive academic reputation. To become a member of the Go Gold for Life, please contact the Office of Development at 803/323-2150.

Join Go Gold for Life, stay connected to Winthrop and receive:

  • Special recognition in Winthrop publications and Go Gold for Life website
  • An invitation to a Go Gold for Life reception each year
  • To become a member of the Go Gold for Life, please contact the Office of Development at 803/323-2150.
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