GW Athletics launched an exclusive giving society for its highest-paying donors to ramp up fundraising engagement, the department announced in a release Tuesday.
The 1732 Circle members will have exclusive access to conversations with head coaches and Athletic Director Tanya Vogel, special events with members of the GW athletic community and gear branded by GW Athletics and the 1732 Circle. Fans must donate at least $25,000 over five years to GW Athletics, scholarships and facilities projects to qualify as members of the program, which will be housed under the Buff and Blue Fund, a GW Giving initiative supporting student-athletes.
“The 1732 Circle will foster a level of sustained giving that will have a generational impact on our student-athletes in their commitment to excel in the classroom and compete for championships,” Vogel said in the release.
The Buff and Blue Fund raises money to connect student-athletes with academic advising, community service opportunities, leadership development and more. The Fund finances GW Athletics teams through facility maintenance, recruiting efforts and travel costs.
The 1732 Circle joins the George Washington Society, Heritage Society, Luther Rice Society and GW Loyal as the only donor recognition societies that look to recognize those who consistently donate year after year, according to the GW Giving website.