The W Club was organized in 1989 as a formal way to support the programs and opportunities offered by the Department of Athletics. Since then, participation in the W Club by former letter winners and other alumni, parents and friends of Athletics has been phenomenal, serving as the focus for a remarkable resurgence in the interest and pride of Athletics at Washington University. The contributions of W Club members have had a significant impact on University athletic programs, enriching their quality and broadening opportunities for students.
The W Club’s expectation is nothing less than we expect of our teams: to be the very best. We strive to provide the best in support services, athletic facilities and academic opportunities for all of our student-athletes. This is only possible through the continued generosity of alumni, parents and friends involved in the W Club. By providing funding to meet the rising costs of financing a positive experience for student-athletes, former athletes, loyal alumni, parents and friends are able to connect on a very personal level with Bears’ student-athletes and teams.
Established in 1989, the W Club, comprised of alumni, parents, and friends, supports the continued growth, development, and enhancement of intercollegiate athletics to benefit Washington University's student-athletes, coaches, and the university community.
Why Join the W Club
No two members have identical reasons for joining the W Club. However, some of the more common reasons include:Assisting Washington University in St. Louis in providing a first-class experience for more than 300 student-athletes.
- Keeping Bears’ Athletics strong and competitive to continue our tradition of winning.
- Giving back to an institution that provided a terrific college experience.
- Because it’s fun! The social benefits of belonging to the W Club include meeting new friends, keeping in touch with old friends, teammates and classmates, and extending a network of successful business contacts and associates.
How to Join the W Club
Your contribution makes a significant impact on our Athletic programs. Please review each of the following convenient contribution options and notify our office to express your contribution needs.
Our online giving program has been the most effective and user friendly method of giving. Simply, click the link on the right side of the page and you’ll be directed to our online giving page where you can complete the necessary information and finalize your contribution. MAKE A GIFT NOW
Please make your check payable to Washington University and mail to the address below.
The W Club
Campus Box 1202
7425 Forsyth Blvd., Ste. 2300
Saint Louis, MO 63105
By Phone or Fax
You can also make a gift via the telephone or fax. By phone, please call toll-free at (877) 215-2727. By fax, the number is (314) 935-9161.
Payroll deduction is the most convenient way to give for Washington University employees. This fast, simply hassle free method of giving allows you to make your pledge and have your contribution automatically deducted from your paycheck. You no longer have to worry about making payments on time or having the fear of loss of benefits. Contact David Jolley, Director of Development, at (314) 935-5051 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll today.
Many members significantly increase the value of their donation (along with their benefits and privileges) by enrolling in their company's matching gift program (contact your employer for more details). Member benefits are based upon the total amount (the personal gift plus the company's match) the W Club receives. Please note: If the total of your donation and the total amount matched by your employer does not equal the amount due to fulfill your pledge, you will be required to pay the difference in order to maintain the club benefits. MAKE A GIFT NOW
The Jon Block Challenge for Athletics
To help increase support for Washington University Athletics, Jon Block, AB’82 has established a $50,000 challenge fund to encourage donors to join the W Club.
The Jon Block Challenge will match new or increased W Club memberships as well as multi-year commitments designated for Athletics dollar for dollar. CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE
W Club Membership Levels
Annual Giving Recognition
|Century Club ||$100-$249|
|Century Fellow ||$250-$499|
|Dean's Committee ||$500-$999|
|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 Dean's Level ||$25,000-$49,999|
|Danforth Circle Chancellor's Level ||$50,000 or more|