Annual Fund

Support Webster's Annual Fund

Webster University flourishes because of the support of its alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends year after year. Students directly benefit from Annual Fund gifts, allowing them to alleviate some of the financial stresses of college and thrive both in the classroom and the community.

The mission of the Annual Fund is to build participation through yearly financial gifts from alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, and even graduating students.

As a donor to the Annual Fund, you may choose to support an area that most closely reflects your personal giving priorities or any of the University's giving priorities such as:

See Annual Fund FAQs below for more general information.

For more specific questions or to make your gift over the phone, please contact Katelyn Knicl, Manager, Annual Fund at 314-968-7161 or

Annual Fund FAQs

Why should I give to Webster?

As a private, non-profit university, Webster University relies on financial support from several donor groups – alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, corporations and foundations. Gifts to the Annual Fund of your choice enable Webster University to honor the commitment of providing all students with the highest level of education and prepare them for a life of global citizenship, individual excellence and community engagement.

What is the Annual Fund?

The mission of the Annual Fund is to build participation through yearly gifts from alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, and even graduating students who participate through financial gifts.

Why is Alumni support important?

Alumni participation rates in private gift support play a critical role in the University’s ability to secure funding from grant-making organizations and in national collegiate rankings, such as U.S. News & World Report. Many corporations and foundations reference alumni participation rates when making the decision to support a university. A strong national ranking attracts top students and faculty and brings national attention to the University—it is an imperative to the strength and the value of your degree and every Webster degree. Regardless of the size of your gift or its designation, your participation will help maintain the quality of excellence Webster University provides its students in their educational experiences in and outside the classroom.

What is the Daniel Webster Society?

The Daniel Webster Society (DWS) recognizes donors who give annual gifts of $1,250 or more during one fiscal year (June 1 through May 31) to academic, co-curricular or athletic programs at Webster University. These funds are used to address the urgent needs and priorities of the University. Donors who work for a matching gift company, may utilize this benefit to become DWS members.

Can I specify where my gift is used?

Yes, you may choose to support your school or college, a program that matters to you, an athletics team or you can split your gift among two or more schools, colleges or programs.

What is the Legacy Society?

The Legacy Society recognizes donors who realize the importance of planned gifts to Webster University through bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and charitable gifts of life insurance.

I just gave a few months ago, why are you asking again?

The University’s fiscal year runs June 1 to May 31.