The Smith Fund
No college or university has more motivated and talented students ready to tackle today’s most pressing issues. We need their vision and leadership more than ever to build on the successes that generations of Smithies have already achieved—from shattering glass ceilings to making scientific breakthroughs to leading movements. The Smith Fund is the central force that sustains Smith, ensuring that exceptional students can turn their disruptive ideas into meaningful action, embrace change and transform our world. Your gift drives Smith—and Smithies—forward. When you power The Smith Fund, Smithies power the world. Give today.
The Smith Fund is the driving force that sustains all that makes Smith exceptional and equips Smithies to follow their passions and change the world for the better. When you make a general donation to The Smith Fund, you help us meet our most urgent needs and allow us to direct the funds to where they’ll be most impactful.
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.
Throughout her life, Ada Louise Comstock 1897 demonstrated her commitment to the education of women. Donations to the Ada Comstock Scholarship Aid Fund support the financial aid of a diverse group of students who faced the interruption of their education and have come to Smith to complete their experience. With your support, these remarkable students, ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, can fulfill their potential as part of the Smith community.
The Ada Comstock Scholars Program enables students of nontraditional college age to complete a bachelor of arts degree either part time or full time. Your gift supports the program itself, helping to fund academic advising, career counseling and housing for Ada Comstock Scholars.
Smith’s liberal arts curriculum is dynamic, and faculty members are encouraged to innovate—continually developing new courses and modifying existing courses to reflect the changing times. Your gift supports academic programs and provides resources for faculty members to introduce new assignments and projects, incorporate guest lectures and lead field trips and hands-on experiences.
Smith’s community flourishes when it is as rich and diverse as the world itself. When you give to the EI Fund, you support initiatives that engage, connect and embrace underrepresented students. More importantly, you help create the shared sense of belonging that makes Smith—and Smithies—strong.
The Facilities Fund supports the upkeep and maintenance of Smith’s iconic campus. Giving to this fund helps to repair and restore Smith’s beloved historic residential, academic and administrative buildings while paving the way for new, cutting-edge buildings needed for today’s learning environment.
Gifts to the Faculty Support Fund allow Smith to provide highly competitive compensation packages, which means that students are learning from some of the best academics in their fields. Your gift will help Smith attract thought leaders, artists, writers, researchers and scientists who will inspire both our students and the global community.
Your gift to this fund helps the two-thirds of Smithies who rely on financial aid to attend Smith. General Financial Aid supports the education of all students, including domestic, international, traditional-aged and Ada Comstock Scholars.
Smithies impact the world at home and abroad every single day. By funding the International Programs Fund, you facilitate the unique learning opportunities and internationally focused programming that prepare Smithies to affect change wherever life takes them.
Students attend Smith from all over the world. We currently have attendees from more than 65 countries! Donations to International Scholarships specifically fund financial aid packages for our international student population.
After a historic renovation, the new Neilson Library reopened in 2021 as a modern, multifunctional hub on campus. Your gifts fund the development of state-of-the-art programs, services and collection materials that will transform teaching, learning and research at Smith, as well as support the experienced and knowledgeable staff who are leading the endeavor.
Smith’s tight-knit community makes the Smith experience all the more meaningful, allowing students to form bonds that last a lifetime by participating in activities together. Your gift funds the numerous co-curricular options available on campus, from clubs to athletics to student government.
Each year, many students enrich their college experience by studying away from campus—whether in the U.S. or abroad. Your gift supports students as they step beyond the Grécourt Gates to explore new locations, discover passions and broaden their knowledge.
Passionate about the future of our planet? Gifts directed to the Sustainability Fund support our efforts to maintain and innovate green practices throughout campus so that our footprint remains small as our legacy grows even stronger.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve got answers to your questions.
What is The Smith Fund?
The Smith Fund is the way that most alums, parents and friends support the college. It is an annual fund, which means we ask for donations every year. In fiscal year 2019–20, The Smith Fund raised $12 million from more than 9,000 donors!
Does this money go to Smith’s endowment?
Smith Fund donations never go to the endowment—the funds are spent in the year in which they are received. This means these funds are immediately put to use to support students today. What’s more, you can choose where to direct your gift: financial aid, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and more.
Does my gift really matter?
Donations from alums impact our participation rate, a measurement that affects important outcomes such as college rankings, so your annual gift is vital to the success of the college. And every gift—large or small—truly makes a difference. Each year, the college raises nearly $500,000 from gifts of $100 or less. Your donation helps to educate the changemakers of tomorrow.
Smith Stars are donors who have exhibited steadfast loyalty and support of Smith by contributing to the college for five or more consecutive years. The loyalty and generosity of the Smith Constellation is exceptionally meaningful to the continued success of Smith’s mission: to educate women of promise for lives of distinction and purpose.
Become a Star and join the Smith Constellation!
Be a Smith Fund Volunteer
Join in our efforts to fuel The Smith Fund. Every year, we count on volunteers to help us raise unrestricted support for the college. You’ll reach out to classmates to rally support for The Smith Fund while you gain invaluable tools, make new connections and have fun.
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.