Alumna Named Director of Annual Support, an Important Source of Financial Aid
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Smith College alumna Karen Boehnke will soon return to campus to assume the post of the director of annual support and volunteer engagement in the Office of Advancement.
Boehnke, a member of the class of 1999, will start Sept. 15, the first day of the college’s annual conference to celebrate the work of its alumnae volunteers.
“Karen brings tremendous talent, energy and commitment to working with Smith volunteers and staff to increase support of the college,” said Debra Thal, class of 1977 and chair of the Alumnae Fund. “We are delighted to have found an alumna with both strong volunteer and professional experience in annual giving.”
Boehnke is currently the director of the annual fund and development operations at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering, where she began as an associate director just three years ago.
Prior to her time at Berkeley, Boehnke served as a donor relations coordinator and director of direct marketing for the non-profit organization “Project Open Hand,” a San Francisco-based organization that provides meals to people living with critical illnesses.
After earning her bachelor’s of arts degree in education from Smith in 1999, Boehnke served as an annual fund volunteer for Smith.
The annual fund has the most visible and critical impact on financial aid. At Smith, about 55 percent of first-year students receive need-based aid from the college, and the average Smith grant is nearly $22,000. Annual giving also provides support to valuable new programs that are not yet fully endowed.
Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,600 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.
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