Giving at RWU

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Roger Williams University is revolutionizing higher education. We are providing students of all backgrounds a relevant, experience-based education with a singular core purpose: to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning. We are leading the way in American higher education, confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs, rising debt and job readiness – and we are unwavering in our commitment.

Generous gifts from our alumni, students, families, faculty, administration and friends help us provide for increased experiential learning opportunities for all students; construct state-of-the-art facilities; create centers of interdisciplinary excellence; endow scholarships; and fund innovative research. When you support RWU – a private university working for the public good – you are helping us to expand our engagement in the broader community, to solve real-world problems and to strengthen society – close to home and across the globe. 

There are countless ways for new donors and loyal supporters to join us in our bold and singular goal: To build the University the world needs now.

In response to the outpouring of condolences and numerous requests for a way to honor the life and legacy of President Farish, we have established the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund.

The indelible signature of President Farish’s tenure at RWU is his belief in higher education’s responsibility to serve society. His Presidency is defined by this impassioned focus on community, and his bold determination to provide every RWU student with an opportunity to be a “Civic Scholar.” Civic Scholars are RWU students deployed in our backyard and around the world to work with non-profits, cities, towns and other partners to help solve problems that matter deeply to the communities we serve. Like President Farish, Civic Scholars believe in community-engaged work to strengthen society and to change lives.

For this reason, gifts to the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund support the many critical initiatives that comprise the Civic Scholars Program at RWU. These programs enable RWU students to contribute as thoughtful leaders and good neighbors long after graduation, and instill in them a heart of service.

If you wish to pay tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of President Farish, you can make an immediate online donation to the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund:

Donate to the Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund

If you prefer, you can mail your check, made payable to Roger Williams University, with the donation designated in the memo line “President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund” to:

Roger Williams University
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Campaign for Civic Scholars

Through the Campaign for Civic Scholars our goal is to guarantee that every qualified undergraduate is able to complete at least one experiential education project during their time at Roger Williams University. Help us deploy more RWU students into communities - near and far - for experiential learning opportunities that address real world problems.

Civic Scholars
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Ways to Give

By supporting RWU with your philanthropic donations, you are joining RWU's mission to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning. There are many ways to give to RWU in support of capital projects, scholarships, faculty support and research.

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Engaged Alumni

RWU has a powerful network of more than 30,000 alumni worldwide. Our alumni are our greatest source of support and sustainability. Through the Roger Williams Alumni Association, you will hear from fellow alumni and about upcoming events.

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The Giving Effect

It starts with you! Whether you are a loyal donor or a devoted volunteer, every day your generosity radiates far beyond the bounds of the campus. You create engaged learning opportunities for students, enabling them to strengthen the local and global communities that we serve. The Giving Effect features stories about the impact that our many donors and volunteers have on the lives of RWU and RWU Law students and graduates and, in turn, on the communities they serve.

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Support the SECCM Labs Campaign

A fundraising campaign is underway to fund SECCM Labs. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporations, we are more than halfway to our campaign goal. While philanthropy will play a major role in supporting the SECCM Labs project, the University plans to issue debt for the remaining balance. Learn more about why Roger Williams is making this investment in our students’ future and how you can help us meet our goal.

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Thousands of companies match the gifts you make to RWU. Find out if your company is one of them.

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