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.
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.”
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.
When Xiaole Shirley Liu ’97 reached out to five friends with the idea of making a collective, endowed scholarship gift, the response was swift, unanimous and opened a floodgate of joyful Smith memories. These alums, who had bonded at Smith through their shared Chinese heritage and study of biology, decided to invest in future Smithies through 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.
This month, The Smith Fund is in hot pursuit of 2,022 donors whose gifts will honor the class of 2022 and provide more financial aid to Smith students. If we hit our goal—and we did last year—the board of trustees will match all gifts made to The Smith Fund, dollar for dollar, up to $450,000. When you and your fellow alums give this month, your gift will have double the impact!
Recently, Smith announced the good news that thanks to the support of thousands of alums, faculty and staff, we raised more than $70 million for the Here for Every Voice financial aid fundraising initiative. Now, Smith is setting its sights on a new, ambitious goal to raise $200 million in endowed funds for financial aid, an effort that’s particularly personal for Smith President Kathleen McCartney.
Smith College has received a $50 million gift to its endowment to transform and support financial aid and career development programs. The gift—from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous—is the largest gift from an individual donor in Smith’s history.
Nearly a century after the Alumnae House was first built, Smith is renovating the elegant building to meet the needs of the next 100 years.
An anonymous gift made through Smith’s Here for Every Voice initiative has established the Professor Milton D. Soffer Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will support chemistry majors.
“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.
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