Frequently Asked Questions

Inquiries Often Directed Our Way

Who are the MUW Telefund Ambassadors?

Telefund Ambassadors are students who have the privilege of contacting MUW alumni. In the calling center, located in Welty Hall, their personalized contact can provide you with information about the University, answer your questions, invite you to participate in events on campus, update your alumni records, and offer you the opportunity to make a gift to the W Fund or restricted fund of your choice.

What is the W Fund?

The W Fund provides unrestricted funds for Mississippi University for Women. Critical needs are met through The W Fund such as student recruitment, faculty and staff development, tracking and staying in touch with alumni, and most importantly fundraising initiatives for student scholarships. The W Fund also provides funding for items and programs that are not covered by state allocations and tuition fees. The W Fund differs from endowed funds because it provides MUW with immediate "spendable" income.

Isn't MUW state supported?

Mississippi University for Women currently receives funding from three sources: state appropriations, tuition and fees, and private contributions. In order to offer an affordable and accessible high-quality education, MUW must supplement the first two sources of funding with the third, private contributions. This allows MUW to compete with other institutions by helping maintain excellent university programs despite declining financial support from the state.

Why is MUW's alumni participation rate important?

Alumni participation has always been a measure of a university's relationship with its most important constituents—alumni.A strong alumni participation rate sends a message that MUW graduates believe in Mississippi University for Women and its continued success.

Why should I give each year?

A new W Fund begins on July 1st each year, corresponding with MUW's fiscal year. Because the need for scholarships and other funding continues from year to year, alumni are encouraged to support the W Fund each year. Regular gifts from alumni and friends are essential in helping the University thrive well into the future.

How much should I give?

Gifts of all levels are appreciated and will be put to good use for your alma mater. This year MUW friends and family are invited to join Donor Societies. Each society offers benefits to its members, allowing MUW to thank you for your continued support. These societies are:

President's Circle  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  $10,000 - and up
Clock Tower Society . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 - $9,999
Magnolia Society . . . . . . . . . . $2,500 - $4,999
Ginkgo Society . . . . . . . . . . $1,000 - $2,499
Zouave Society . . . . . . . . . . $500 - $999
Meh Lady Society . . . . . . . . . . $150 - $499
Long Blue Line* . . . . . . . . . . Up to $149

1884 Loyalty Giving Societies

(cumulative giving levels )

Callaway Society  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  $1,000,000 - and up
Whitfield Society . . . . . . . . . . $500,000 - $999,999
Orr Society . . . . . . . . . . $100,000 - $499,999
Shattuck Society . . . . . . . . . . $50,000 - $99,999

Is a gift to the W Fund tax deductible?

Yes. Because the MUW Foundation is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, all gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.

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