Major Giving

Major Gifts

Capital and endowed gifts have a powerful impact on every part of WPI. We enjoy working closely with our donors to find the best possible fit between their interests and the giving opportunities at WPI. This helps to ensure that they have a rewarding and fulfilling philanthropic experience with us.

Our alumni and friends make capital and endowed commitments to WPI for a wide variety of reasons. Some choose to commemorate a milestone reunion. Others wish to honor a faculty member or memorialize a loved one. Many recognize that giving to WPI offers them advantages from a financial and tax planning perspective. What they all have in common is a desire to make a difference in the lives of WPI students and faculty, and to help advance WPI’s mission of using engineering, science, and technology for the betterment of society.

If you are interested in exploring opportunities to make a capital or endowed gift to WPI, please contact Lisa Maizite, assistant vice president for leadership giving, at +1-508-831-5073 or Our giving interest form can also help you begin the process of considering where you may wish to direct your investment.

Enriching Academic Programs

There are many opportunities to support WPI’s innovative approach to engineering and science higher education. WPI has 18 academic departments, which offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to the BA, BS, MS, ME, MBA, and PhD.

Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through our distinctive Global Projects Program. There are over 20 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Supporting students in the Global Projects Program is one way you can direct your gift, by creating an endowed scholarship specifically for student projects abroad. The estimated cost of an off-campus residential project experience for a WPI undergraduate ranges from $3,750 in Boston to $6,690 in Australia. The average cost is $5,276; this includes airfare, housing, food, program activities, and local travel. Our students incur these costs in addition to their tuition, room, and board.

Building Upon the Home of Discovery and Achievement

State-of-the art laboratories, classrooms, and other learning spaces must reflect the quality of our students and faculty as well as the complexities of the problems they are working to solve. Great facilities, both academic and co-curricular, are key to fulfilling the intent of both the WPI Plan and our institutional mission.

Since the university’s founding gifts from John Boynton, Stephen Salisbury, Ichabod Washburn, and the Worcester community, our alumni and friends have answered the challenge of providing the highest-quality learning environment for our students. There are a number of named gift opportunities at WPI, as the university completes and embarks on several important capital projects. View the list of named gift opportunities.