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Alums & Your Impact

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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.


Notable Numbers

More than 350 students receive Praxis scholarships annually.

23% of alumnae participate in giving

11,980 donors gave to smith in 2019


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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.”
Olivia Rynberg-Going ’23

 



Make an Impact

Explore the ways you can make a direct impact on Smith now and in the future.

Time

We rely on volunteers to fulfill numerous roles that have a real and lasting impact on Smith. You can:

Talent

Our incredible students become incredible leaders, doers and changemakers in the world. Lend your talent to Smith by:


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Alum Voices

“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.”
Maliha Malek Quadir ’00, Founding Managing Director of Shohoz

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In the News

A Career in Chemistry That Still Inspires

“The biggest thing a teacher can hope for is to make an impact on people’s lives,” reflects Lâle Burk, emerita in the chemistry department at Smith College. For nearly five decades, Burk taught hundreds of students and now she is being honored with an endowed scholarship inspired by her superb teaching career.

Class of ’97 Celebrates with Endowed Scholarship

An intergenerational suggestion ignites excitement and action for the 25th Reunion class.

Smith Receives $1 Million for Feminist Journal “Meridians”

Groundbreaking publication founded at Smith elevates the voices of women of color and promotes feminism around the world.

Memories of Alumnae House Opening Day

Clara Rankin ’38 recounts the pride felt by the Smith community when Alumnae House opened to great fanfare.

Smith Reunion 2022

Joy was the reigning emotion on Smith’s campus when alums from classes ending in 2 and 7 gathered over two weekends in May. It shone in the smiles of the class of 1957 as they paraded in identical broad-brimmed yellow hats, in the effervescent class of 1997 celebrating its 25th, in the five stalwart members of the class of 1947 (the most senior to attend) reuniting for their 75th, and everywhere you looked.

Honoring Gloria Steinem ’56 and Supporting Special Collections

Smith College has named the Special Collections Reading Room in honor of Gloria Steinem ’56 and her remarkable activism. The Steinem Reading Room, located on the third floor of Neilson Library, is a place where students and scholars from around the world will benefit from a shared research space and gain hands-on access to Smith’s unique collections. Special Collections’ women’s history collection, which includes Gloria’s papers, is known for its focus on activist, grassroots and underrepresented women and is one of the most influential women’s history archives in the world.

Here For Every Voice Giving Circles

When Xiaole Shirley Liu ’97 reached out to five friends with the idea of making a collective scholarship gift, they decided to invest in a Here For Every Voice Giving Circle, a new way of contributing to the college’s top priority—financial aid—and leaving a permanent legacy.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Give, Give Again

For Albert Y. Kim, assistant professor of statistical and data sciences, holding himself accountable for classroom mistakes has made him, and his students, more charitable.


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Alum Voices

“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.”
N’Goundo Magassa ’02

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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.
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Contact

Alumnae Relations & Development
Alumnae House
33 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
 
Phone: 800-526-2023 or 413-585-2020
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