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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

For Parents & Families

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Welcome to the Smith community! We are partners in your student’s success. We encourage you to fully engage with the college community in order to enhance your and your student’s Smith experience.

Families Supporting Smith

Make a Gift to Smith’s Parents Fund

Supporting The Parents Fund helps to ensure that each student benefits from all that Smith has to offer. The Parents Fund exists to enhance and protect the college’s commitment to prepare promising students to think critically and creatively, to engage in active citizenship and to pursue meaningful work. Your gift is put to immediate use and will directly impact the student experience by:

  • Enriching classrooms
  • Funding internship opportunities
  • Allowing Smith to attract and retain the finest faculty in the world
  • Enabling more than 120 student groups
  • Fueling a premier athletics program
  • Advancing a vibrant artistic culture
  • Sustaining student health and wellness programs

Become a Smith College Families Leader

Become a Smith College Families Leader by joining the Sophia Smith Leadership Society. While Smith is grateful for gifts of all amounts, we hope you will consider a gift at one of our special gift circles. By placing Smith at the top of your charitable giving list, you are making a tangible investment in the life of the college and its students. Be part of sustaining the academic innovation, global education and resources that make Smith exceptional by making a gift to the Parents Fund.

Student with her parents at Family Weekend

Engagement Opportunities

Attend Events in Your Community

There are several ways to be involved with Smith in your hometown. Attending events in your region is a wonderful way to connect with the college. You can network with other members of the Smith community, enjoy special opportunities in your area and find out from others how they help to advance the mission of Smith College. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend Smith events, so if you see an event offered by the Smith College Alumnae Association, know you are welcome! View our event calendar for more details.

Attend Campus Events

Performances, presentations, celebrations and more happen every day at Smith College. We host many concerts, recitals and other performances, featuring talent from Smith, the community and visiting luminaries. The campus also hosts a variety of speakers on many educational, social, cultural and community-related topics. View our event calendar for more details.

Campus Events for Families
Family Orientation in September is a wonderful opportunity to attend sessions about campus resources and meet faculty and staff who will be important partners in your student’s Smith education. You will also have an opportunity to meet other Smith parents and families.

Family Weekend in October is a time for you to experience Smith, explore Northampton and the Pioneer Valley and meet your student’s classmates, housemates and their families.

To learn more, contact Student Affairs at or 413-585-4940.

News and Calendars

The Smith Families Network Bulletin is an e-bulletin that focuses on aspects of student life on campus at the time of year the publication appears as well as upcoming campus events.

If you have not received your Bulletin, contact Amy Altwarg, associate director of development and families program, at or 413-585-2664.

Connect Online

Smith Calendars

Welcome and Connect With Others

New families love hearing and learning from current Smith families. Parent volunteers make welcome phone calls and write welcome notes to incoming families.

Host Events in Your Community

Many parents also volunteer to host events in their home for alumnae, parents and friends of the college. Events may feature a prominent administrator or faculty member or a notable Smithie.

Engage in Peer-to-Peer Support

Work with the Smith Fund in generating much-needed annual gifts from parents and families. Philanthropic volunteers are asked to contact other Smith families at one or two points during the fiscal year to invite them to support Smith.

Partner With the Lazarus Center for Career Development

Parents who work with the Lazarus Center for Career Development help build and expand Smith’s reputation in various markets, enhancing the overall value of a Smith education. Parents are invited to partner with the Lazarus Center by:

  • Promoting or establishing mentorships, internships and full-time positions for Smith students with their organizations and with organizations with which they are affiliated.
  • Sharing industry knowledge and experience with students on campus through the Lazarus Center’s fairs.

Are you interested in one or more of our many engagement opportunities? Contact Amy Altwarg, associate director of development and families program, at or 413-585-2664.

Make a Gift

To make a gift and help ensure that every student benefits from all that Smith has to offer, visit our secure giving page.

Match Your Gift

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below or check with your human resources department. Some large employers provide very generous matches.

If your company matches, you may be able to access the forms directly through the search. Follow the procedure described below; if needed, our staff will be happy to assist. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

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