Why Should You Give? Reason #47:
Honor a fellow Smithie
Smith College is not a place that stands still. Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, we are able to provide world-class teaching, state-of-the-art programming, innovative alumnae events and so much more. Here’s what’s happening on campus and beyond.
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.
More than 1,700 alumnae returned to campus in May 2019 for Reunion and Commencement weekends. Old friends reconnected, and new friendships were made, as Smithies visited their former houses, went on campus tours and attended faculty lectures.
Smith College is launching a $75 million fundraising initiative to boost scholarship support to students, ensuring that a Smith education remains accessible and affordable to students from a range of backgrounds.
The fundraising effort, “Here For Every Voice,” is a comprehensive campaign that seeks to secure immediate-use gifts through The Smith Fund, as well as planned gifts and endowed funds, the income from which will benefit Smith students in perpetuity.
Smith College Global Connections is a new Facebook page celebrating all things global at Smith. Updated daily, the page shares photos, event announcements, student profiles, alumnae spotlights and news about Smith’s global happenings. Follow us to connect with the college and other alumnae around the world.
In 2012, Smith College, Tim Draper and Melissa Park Draper ’77, forged a groundbreaking partnership to establish the Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs and level the playing field for aspiring undergraduate female founders. The competition is designed to hone the skills undergraduate women need to launch business ventures.
The year 2019 marks a landmark in Smith’s history: the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Grécourt Society. The Grécourt Society honors alumnae and friends who leave Smith bequests and other forms of planned and estate gifts.
It was an ambitious goal: Raise $3.1 million in 31 days for scholarship aid. Thanks to 5,105 generous donors, Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge surpassed that goal, raising $3.25 million and helping to empower hundreds of Smith students to launch bright futures.
Early this October, nearly 200 Black alumni from Smith and Amherst Colleges came together in Washington, D.C. for the first ever Smith and Amherst College Black Alumnae/i Mini Reunion.
On October 29, President McCartney wrote to the Smith community to share the results of an independent inquiry into events of this summer, when a Smith employee contacted Campus Police about a student in a residence hall.
For many Smith students, the opportunities offered through study abroad are the deciding factor when choosing to attend the college. Unique cultural experiences, being immersed in a foreign language and forging lifelong friendships abroad are just a few of the motivating factors. To celebrate these special opportunities, two gatherings were held this past summer in Paris to honor and connect with two beloved supporters of Smith’s study abroad programs, Anita Wien ’62 and Ann Sanford ’75.
Nancy Malkiel ’65, LTD ’97, a distinguished Princeton scholar of 20th-century American history, delivers a Presidential Colloquium entitled “‘Keep the Damned Women Out’: The Struggle for Coeducation” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The event is open to the public at no charge. Malkiel’s talk examines how a number of elite institutions of higher education decided to go co-ed seemingly all at once between 1969 and 1974—and how coeducation was met with fierce resistance.
A longtime supporter of Smith and member of the Grécourt Society, Malkiel says, “Smith has meant the world to me! I had an extraordinary experience as a student, both academically and outside the classroom, all of which has had everything to do with my career ever since. And generations of remarkable Smith women have given me gifts of friendship and modeled ways of living a life that have been all-important in my own life for many, many decades. Serving for many years on the board of the Alumnae Association and the Smith College Board of Trustees has only deepened my attachment to and gratitude to Smith.”
Nearly 15,700 alumnae, parents and friends of Smith helped make the past year one of the most successful in recent college fundraising history. By the end of the fiscal year on June 30, more than $69 million—including $13 million for financial aid—had been raised to support a broad range of curricular initiatives, capital projects and scholarships for students.
Nearly 1,800 alumnae returned to campus in May 2018 for Reunion/Commencement weekends. During the activity-packed days, they connected with old friends, made new ones and celebrated milestone anniversaries since their own Smith graduations.
On Friday, April 6, 2018, 52 teams from 34 schools around the country, including 18 teams from Smith, converged on the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility for the sixth annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs.
Dozens of alumnae returned to campus on February 24 to attend a luncheon honoring scholarship donors and student recipients of financial aid.
For the 11th year in a row, applications to Smith reached a record high, says Audrey Smith, the college’s vice president for enrollment.
In naming Smith to their top 10 list for Schools for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World, College Magazine said “This all woman’s college in the Boston area gives female entrepreneurs a once in a lifetime experience.”
On November 15, The Smith Fund beat their goal of raising one million dollars from 2,000 donors in 24 hours. The final numbers: $1,215,665 raised from 2,020 friends!
On October 19, 2017, the Smith community came together to officially break ground on the Neilson Library renovation.
Entrepreneur and author Diane Hessan—the former CEO of Boston’s Startup Institute—talked about the rewards and benefits of risk-taking in a talk highlighting the dedication of Smith’s Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center on October 18, 2017.