Alums & Your Impact
Smith College is a world-class institution because Smithies give their time, talent and treasure. Every dollar you give, social media post you share, club you lead, webinar you host and alum you mentor bolsters our beloved school. In turn, you benefit from the power of the Smith network and our legacy of paying it forward. Maybe it’s your social media post that Smithies are promoting, maybe it’s you that’s the mentee or maybe it’s you that’s listening to a nugget of wisdom on a webinar just when you need it most. If not today, then maybe tomorrow—that’s the beauty of being a Smith alum: you give and you get throughout the years.
Financial Aid in Action
“Smith is life-changing and it means everything that I get to study here. Without my financial aid, I wouldn't be able to afford Smith, and that would break my heart. I’ve been wanting to attend Smith since I was about 10. I grew up hearing magical Smith stories from my mom and her alum friends. I get to learn and grow in the same place she did. Smith is full of the history of amazing women. It will be an honor to carry on that legacy after graduation.”
Our incredible students become incredible leaders, doers and changemakers in the world. Lend your talent to Smith by:
“Smith taught me how important making a difference is. I knew I wanted to do something big, but I learned that the essence of doing something big is making a difference, leaving a legacy. At Smith, I saw women lead things. I saw women have big dreams. I saw women being vocal. That was really a transformational journey for me.”
Sending care packages is one of the most popular activities for many Smith Clubs across the country, each club putting their own spin on what they send, and when.
Alum Office Hours (AOH) welcomes career gurus Emily Frank ’93 and Gail Fritzinger ’81 to host “How to Get Noticed by an Employer or Recruiter.” Young alums and recent graduates are invited to participate on November 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. ET in a virtual Q&A session.
Smith’s cherished tradition of sharing stories over afternoon tea offers time and space for reflection and camaraderie with fellow Smithies. Imani Missouri ’08, owner of Faith Forward LLC, elevates this concept through her podcast, Forward 40 (4tea).
The Office of Alumnae Relations and Development is thinking of our Smith community during the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope you are receiving the support you need.
A new Center for the Creative and Performing Arts is coming to Smith College, thanks in part to the vision of the Jean and David W. Wallace Foundation. Their $3 million leadership gift endows the directorship of the center, allowing the college to forge a singular focus on arts planning and programming across campus.
When President Kathleen McCartney announced that students would be finishing their spring semester studies remotely beginning March 30, Smithies did what they do best—rallied in support of others in need.
Anne Williams ’92 was the first in her family to go to college. Now she’s helping others do the same by giving back to The Smith Fund’s Essential Smith designation, which supports scholarship aid for countless international, non-traditional and financially disadvantaged students who help create a thriving and diverse campus life and make the Smith experience so meaningful.
For Mary Grant ’70, Smith and family are intertwined. Four generations of women in her family—from her grandmother to Mary’s now-grown daughter—are or were Smithies. “Never in my early life, except for my family, did anyone take my brain seriously,” she says. “The faculty at Smith, however, thought of us as young women who were capable of analysis and critical thinking.”
“As a graduate of Smith, I have donated to the annual fundraising every year including the year I graduated. Since I am the first person in my family to go to college and I received financial assistance to attend Smith, I truly believe it is important that I contribute to the fundraising efforts and help the college support other students who are attending Smith.”
The Smith Fund
As a donor to The Smith Fund, you can open up a world of opportunities and help transform lives. Donations at regular intervals make a big difference. Smith Fund donations never go to the endowment—the funds are spent in the year in which they are received. You are the source of Smith’s power.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SMITH FUND