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News of Note December 7, 2021

Smith College Announces $500,000 Gift to City of Northampton

Contribution represents a shared investment between Smith, Northampton in city’s growth

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Smith College announced today that it will contribute $500,000 to the City of Northampton. The gift, which will be spread over three years, will be used at the mayor’s discretion to support the city’s strategic priorities.

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney announced the contribution at the college’s annual community breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The breakfast, held virtually this year due to the pandemic, highlighted the partnerships between Smith and the City of Northampton over the past year as each faced the challenges of COVID-19. 

McCartney, who earlier this year committed $200,000 to support the city’s Community Resilience Hub and $29,000 to the Community Revitalization Fund, remarked that “Smith would not be Smith without Northampton. These contributions are investments in our shared interest – a thriving city whose vibrancy brings pride to all those who live and work here.”

“I am grateful to President McCartney and Smith College for making another multi-year commitment of funding to the City of Northampton,” said Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz. “These generous community gifts have allowed our city to support important capital priorities and I am confident that Mayor-Elect Sciarra and her administration will put this funding to good use over the next three years.”

Recent significant contributions from Smith have also supported affordable housing, healthcare, the arts and more.