24 Hour Challenge

Help support the mission at Williams by participating in this giving day where all members of the Eagle community – including alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff – are called to give to the causes at WBU they love the most.

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Why Should i Give to Williams?

Everyone has a reason for giving, whether you want to give back, pay it forward, invest in a program, or better the lives of the students at WBU. 
Your gift is an investment in the lives of the students and people of Williams. From the hard-working and creative minds in the classroom who aspire to be the next transformative leaders of our generation to the dedicated faculty and staff carefully preparing them to make a difference in the world. Your support enables goals to be achieved and equips our faculty with the tools needed to produce a Williams Way leader.

What is the Goal of the 24-hour challenge?

We are calling on alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff to help raise $24,000 in 24 hours to support four fundraising projects:
  • Startup Chapel Renovation
  • Williams Works Program
  • The Annual Fund
  • WBU Athletics

How Do I make my Gift?

You can make your gift online on September 27 by finding the campaign you wish to give to below and click on the DONATE button or by calling Beth Chatman, Office of Institutional Advancement, at 870.759.4108.

Why is my participation important?

Each year, your gift of any size is part of a tradition of support that has helped Williams remain strong during challenging times. This robust support generated by the WBU community is essential to advancing education, research, and service.
In addition, gifts from undergraduate alumni count toward Williams’ annual alumni giving participation rate, which influences college rankings from publications like U.S. News and World Report. These rankings heavily influence how third parties view WBU and affect the university’s ability to secure grants from corporations and other organizations.

Startup Chapel Renovation

Help renovate one of the oldest and most revered buildings on the WBU campus. Originally part of the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School, the “Old Chapel” has served students since the school moved to its current location in 1946. Many of our fine arts students use the facility for theatre productions, and many renovations are needed to help better serve our students and faculty who use this beloved building regularly.

Williams Works Program

WBU is committed to being a highly affordable private Christian institution. Williams Works was developed to provide an outstanding education for students who display an alignment with our Christian mission and a desire to work hard, academically and physically.

The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund helps Williams address the immediate, pressing needs of today. Gifts made to this particular designation are used in areas of campus with the greatest need, ensuring that our faculty and students have everything needed to pursue excellence in all areas. 

WBU Athletics

Support WBU Athletics’ exceptional student-athletes by contributing to a combination of any or all of the 19 varsity sports on campus.