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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.

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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Explore highlights about campus and fellow alums, discover something new, watch webinars and relax with Smith-related entertainment. 

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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.


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


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



In the News

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, 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.

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.

Rallying Together for Financial Aid Support

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!

We Must Ensure Access to Smith

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 Receives $50 Million for Financial Aid, Careers

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. 

Announcing the Alumnae House Renovation

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.

Chain Reaction: Chemistry Professor Milton D. Soffer Remembered for His Inspiration In and Out of the Lab

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.

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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



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.




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