By Jenifer Wright ’17 Director of Annual Giving
Our traditions, connections and service to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College are strong and resilient as we kick-off a new year and a new Woods Fund effort! We have learned a great deal throughout 2020, not the least of which is that new ideas and forward thinking while adapting to challenges can and will effect positive change.
As I begin my work with SMWC as the new Director of Annual Giving, I am inspired by this year’s Woods Fund theme Woods Coeur or core, which is French for heart. We know that our alumni and friends ARE the heart of the Woods Fund, as evidenced last year when our donors helped the College exceed the goal during difficult and challenging times. This year, we will explore the core of our Woods Fund – the Coeur – where you will learn more about how your investment is making a difference in the lives of students, growing our campus and influencing our communities.
For five years #WoodsGivingDay has made a significant impact on SMWC, the Woods Fund and our alumni participation. Previously held on Giving Tuesday, the national day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, it is time to set ourselves apart from the nationwide giving effort! Our fundraising goals will remain consistent – we are just moving to a new month. I am excited to share that #WoodsGivingDay will be held Feb. 9, 2021. Mark your calendars and join us in February as we share exciting SMWC updates and support Woods students on this unique day of giving, The Woods Way.
Although I have been here only a short time, I know I am part of something special at SMWC. The Coeur of our Woods Fund is you. Students shared their hearts and thanked 2019-2020 donors in September during a virtual panel. I learned so much about the campus, online and graduate experience that evening. Please take advantage of future opportunities to connect with us virtually!
Join me in support of the Woods Funds to help the College meet and exceed a new $1.1 million goal by June 30, 2021. The investment of our alumni and friends continues to be vital, now, more than ever.
Read the Full Issue
Now branded Onyx Anneau, the fall edition has a refreshed look that includes stories from alumni, students and highlights employees. It focuses on the growth of the College through the construction of a new residence and dining hall. Dottie King, Ph.D., shares her 10 years of experience as president of SMWC. It also features stories of alumnae who are working on bettering their community through office.