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Donor Relations


Donor Relations acknowledges and celebrates the impact of philanthropy at Smith College.

Emily Kaplan

Emily Kaplan ’16

“I’m so grateful to everyone who donates to Smith because I know there is no way I would be able to attend Smith without their generosity. I’m so glad to be here, and Smith has been such a great experience. There’s no place I’d rather be—I appreciate you all so much!”

Elise Smith

Elise Smith ’16

“In my family I am one of four, and it means so much to me and my family that you contribute to Smith so that I can attend this incredible and prestigious institution. I am so grateful for everything that you have done and are doing. Smith has changed my life. I cannot express to you enough how thankful I am for your support!”

Janna Singer-Baefsky

Janna Singer-Baefsky ’15

“When I was applying to college, my father had already been unemployed for two years. I had to accept that not only would I not be able to afford to apply to most of the schools I wanted, but that I would not be able to go to any of them without financial aid. College was something my parents and I both wanted for me, but the financial logistics were creating a road block. With the unbelievably generous donations made to Smith that were gifted to me, I was not only able to afford to attend Smith but also able to apply to the study abroad programs I wanted. Words cannot truly express how grateful my family and I are for the opportunities I now have thanks to the financial aid from Smith and its donors.”


Marissa Hoechstetter
Director, Donor Relations and Development Communications

Mary Giles
Communications Specialist

Mel Gulow
Administrative Coordinator

Ashley Keedy
Assistant Director of Donor Relations

Anne-Marie LaFosse
Stewardship Specialist

Molly Parr
Stewardship Officer