Why Should You Give? Reason #54:
Power the Pioneers
Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.
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.
Sending care packages is one of the most popular activities for many Smith Clubs across the country, each club putting their own spin on what they send, and when.
Alum Office Hours (AOH) welcomes career gurus Emily Frank ’93 and Gail Fritzinger ’81 to host “How to Get Noticed by an Employer or Recruiter.” Young alums and recent graduates are invited to participate on November 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. ET in a virtual Q&A session.
Smith’s cherished tradition of sharing stories over afternoon tea offers time and space for reflection and camaraderie with fellow Smithies. Imani Missouri ’08, owner of Faith Forward LLC, elevates this concept through her podcast, Forward 40 (4tea).
Eleni Partakki ’22 has a mission: to build community in her hometown and the world.
It’s already impossible to fit Madeline Turner ’21’s resume on one page. The anthropology major from Garrettsville, Ohio, has served as president of the Smith Debate Society and principal trumpet in the Smith College Orchestra. And she recently co-authored a book, The Land of Milk and Money: Lessons Learned From Ohio Women in Dairy, inspired by her own childhood growing up on a dairy farm.
The Office of Alumnae Relations and Development is thinking of our Smith community during the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope you are receiving the support you need.
When Smith announced it would hold virtual Commencement for the class of 2020, alumnae clubs went to work to honor graduates in their regions with the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment these groups bring to all their Smith activities.
Diane Alvarez Benitez ’22, a first-generation engineering and architecture student at Smith, learned the value of education from her father. Smith’s Here for Every Voice initiative to raise $75 million for scholarships is giving students like Diane an opportunity to find their voice at Smith—and change the trajectory of their lives and communities in the process.
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.
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.
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.
In naming Smith to their top 10 list for Schools for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World, College Magazine said “This all women’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!