Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge

By Smith College

$3,259,610
Donated
105% of $3,100,000 goal
3,679
Donors
This campaign ended on December 31, 2015, but you can still make a gift to Smith College by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorDonna Lisker matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $100

An Anonymous DonorLesli Ann Mie Agcaoili matched $1 for each donor, donating a total of $250

An Anonymous DonorErika Smith Brewer, '86 matched $25 for each donor, donating a total of $1,000
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Lois Hoffman Thompson '66  photoLois Hoffman Thompson gave $25,000 because 300 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $50,000 because 500 donors gave
Incentives
Generate 10 Gifts
Only 48 left!
Become an Advocate for this challenge and when you generate 10 or more donations, you will be sent a limited edition Smith Fund tote bag. Click the "Advocates" button above to participate.

Generate $2,500
Only 48 left!
Become an Advocate for this challenge and when you generate $2,500 or more in donations, you will be sent a limited edition Smith Fund tote bag. Click the "Advocates" button above to participate.

Donate $10
All gifts to this campaign count toward recognition as a Smith Star, which commences upon five years of consecutive annual giving to Smith. An embroidered star decal is presented at reunion.

Donate $100
You’ve shown Smith your support, now show the world that you’re a proud Smithie. Donors of $100 or more may select to receive a ‘Smith College’ window decal.

Donate $500
With a gift of $500 or more, you may select to receive a ‘Powered by Smithies’ adhesive cell phone pocket to show your support of Smith wherever you are!

Donate $1,875
Founder's Society--Annual donors of $1,875 to $4,999: You will receive a letter sharing the impact of your support from the Smith Fund Director.

Donate $5,000
Paradise Circle--Annual donors of $5,000 to $9,999: As our thanks for your generosity, you will receive a letter sharing the impact of your support from the Smith Fund Director, plus a set of greeting cards featuring hand drawn illustrations of Smith’s beloved Grécourt Gates.

Donate $10,000
Dean's Circle--Annual donors of $10,000 to $24,999: As our thanks for your generosity, you will receive a letter sharing the impact of your support from the Smith Fund Director, plus a set of greeting cards featuring hand drawn illustrations of Smith’s beloved Grécourt Gates. You will also be invited to a listen-in conference call with Dean Donna Lisker in the spring.

Donate $25,000
Trustees' Circle--Annual donors of $25,000 to $49,999: As our thanks for your generosity, you will receive a letter sharing the impact of your support from the Smith Fund Director, a set of greeting cards featuring hand drawn illustrations of Smith’s beloved Grécourt Gates, and a copy of this year's First-Year Summer Reading Assignment, 'The Collapse of Western Civilization'. You will also be invited to a listen-in conference call with Dean Donna Lisker in the spring.

Donate $50,000
President's Circle--Annual donors of $50,000 to $99,999: As our thanks for your generosity, you will receive a letter sharing the impact of your support from the Smith Fund Director, a set of greeting cards featuring hand drawn illustrations of Smith’s beloved Grécourt Gates, and a copy of this year's First-Year Summer Reading Assignment, 'The Collapse of Western Civilization'. You will also be invited to a listen-in conference call with Dean Donna Lisker in the spring. Additionally, you will be invited to an intimate luncheon with President McCartney in her home during reunion weekend.

Donate $100,000
President's Circle Cum Laude--Annual donors of $100,000 or more: As our thanks for your generosity, you will receive a letter sharing the impact of your support from the Smith Fund Director, a set of greeting cards featuring hand drawn illustrations of Smith’s beloved Grécourt Gates, and a copy of this year's First-Year Summer Reading Assignment, 'The Collapse of Western Civilization'. You will also be invited to a listen-in conference call with Dean Donna Lisker in the spring. Additionally, you will be invited to an intimate luncheon with President McCartney in her home during reunion weekend.
About

This December, we're challenging you to help us raise $3.1 million for our most powerful cause:  Smith Students.

For 31 days, all donations will support Essential Smith, The Smith Fund initiative that fuels a vibrant campus life and, more importantly, a healthy financial aid budget. By giving before December ends, you empower hundreds of students to launch bright futures on our campus. 

We're counting on the whole Smith community to rise to the challenge.  Here are 3.1 reasons why YOU make all the difference.

  •        1.  Every dollar counts. Gifts of all sizes fund an education that changes lives.
  •        2.  We're stronger together.  Each year, gifts of $100 or less total more than $500,000!
  •        3.  Only you can power The Smith Fund...

                    3.1  ...and when you power The Smith Fund, Smithies power the world.

Give This Season's Most Powerful Gift.

Thank you!

Updates
The Results Are In!

Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge is officially over and we are thrilled that we not only met, but exceeded our goal!  Of course we couldn’t do it without the help of all of you. Your generosity helped us raise a tremendous $3,259,711 from 3,679 alumnae, parents, students and friends in just one month’s time. A huge ‘Thank You’ to all who participated.

Now that our gift entry is complete, check out the chart below to see how your class finished out the campaign:


3051 days ago by Smith College
Class-by-Class Scorecard: Almost Final Totals

While Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge has concluded, we still have the last of the gift entry to finish up from the year end rush. We should soon have an official final total for you. In the mean time, check out the latest class-by-class scorecard to see your class participation and dollar figures. And if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to watch J. Courtney Sullivan’s ’03 thank you video below.


Class  Count     $                       

1936     1         $100   

1938     2         $11,500 

1940     3          $5,150 

1941     2          $7,052    

1942     3         $12,100 

1943     8          $21,725 

1944     14        $3,975 

1945     11        $3,275 

1946     15        $13,035 

1947     11        $7,945 

1948     10        $4,300 

1949     22        $76,399 

1950     29       $29,660 

1951     43       $85,420 

1952     33       $25,913 

1953     32       $15,545 

1954     36       $49,122 

1955     43       $75,598 

1956     57       $56,654 

1957     41       $26,749 

1958     54      $180,831 

1959     59      $39,890 

1960     76      $79,564 

1961     56      $55,495 

1962     75      $67,458 

1963     55      $63,475 

1964    66       $58,295 

1965     52      $55,868 

1966     116    $219,460 

1967     70      $91,001 

1968     73      $49,494 

1969     67      $47,588 

1970     41      $20,947 

1971     68      $74,727 

1972     58      $73,867 

1973     74      $75,868 

1974     56      $40,825 

1975     61     $28,360 

1976     46     $65,356 

1977     71     $80,877  

1978     66     $23,447  

1979     43     $64,580

1980     59     $21,777

1981     59     $45,990

1982    59      $36,303

1983     50     $16,550

1984     46     $24,446

1985     70     $25,914

1986     53      $29,030

1987     46      $16,482

1988     45      $44,054

1989    47       $9,440

1990     37      $14,725

1991     43      $32,516

1992     46      $10,858

1993     53      $24,814

1994     40      $7,493

1995     32      $4,020

1996     37      $8,560

1997     39      $8,780

1998    33       $3,858

1999     38      $3,119

2000     30      $3,658

2001     48      $4,220

2002     42      $4,574

2003     35      $2,396

2004     30      $1,833

2005    41       $2,051

2006     39      $5,715

2007     29      $2,140

2008     37      $2,136

2009     35      $1,746

2010     31     $936

2011     28      $1,123

2012     37     $985

2013     27     $1,196

2014     25     $3,424

2015     21     $605

2016     1       $10

2017     2       $20

2018     2       $10,010

ADA     109   $217,244

PARENT  343   $86,189


Awesome work everyone!

3061 days ago by Smith College
Thank You From J. Courtney Sullivan '03 and The Smith Fund.

Happy New Year! 

Thank you to all who participated in Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge. We still have some offline gift entry to do, so final totals will be announced in early January. Stay tuned...

3062 days ago by Smith College
Today is the Last Day!

All hands on deck!  Today is the last day of Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge and we still have a ways to go. We need your help.


The following email was sent earlier today to those that we haven't heard from yet this year. We would greatly appreciate it if you would share this info with all your Smith friends and colleagues. Our fantastic Gift Accounting team, who has been working all week long while the college is closed, will work
extra hours (as noted below), today to take as many gifts as possible
and to answer any gift related questions.

As 2015 comes to a close, I want to thank all alumnae, parents and friends who have participated in Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to give, there is still time! This challenge ends tonight at midnight Eastern. Your gift or pledge will push us forward and help ensure our success.

Please make your tax deductible 2015 contribution today!

If you prefer to make your gift by phone, or if you have questions regarding your gift, our Gifts and Records team will be in the office today, December 31, until 6 p.m. Eastern.  Please call 800-526-2023 (option 5) or email giftaccounting@smith.edu.

Thank you for your support,

Maria Held

Smith Fund Director

As always, thank you for your continued support of The Smith Fund!

3063 days ago by Smith College
Ring In The New Year With A Gift To Smith!

There are only two days left to get contributions for the 2015 tax year in AND to help us meet our challenge goal. Erika Smith Brewer '86 is increasing her support of Smith this year to help encourage others to give as well. Please share her message (and challenge), to help us raise $3.1 million in just 31 days!

By now, I hope you've seen information on The Smith Fund's Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge and are as excited as I am about meeting the Challenge and powering our alma mater!  We only have two days left to meet our $3.1 million goal. I say "we" because, as Smith Fund chair, I feel invested in the success of everything that The Smith Fund makes possible and as a fellow alumna, I hope you do too.

The Smith Fund is current use, unrestricted money vital to fund the College's operating budget. Gifts to the Smith Fund are used now, not later. Essential Smith, where gifts to the December Giving Challenge will go, are resources essential to the success of Smith College, funding financial aid, Smith's incredible facilities, and the many student organizations available for the women on our beloved campus right now. It is money that we need to raise before the end of the month.

I am celebrating the New Year and all the gifts my Smith education has given me by adding to my Smith Fund gift with a challenge to you. I will give an additional $25 for every donor who makes a gift today, Wednesday, December 30, up to $1,000! Please join me by ringing in 2016 with your gift to Essential Smith!

In gratitude for Smith and her alumnae,

Erika Smith Brewer '86

Smith Fund Chair

Don't forget to check out the Class-by-Class Scorecard posted below and videos of just a few of the students that your gifts support.

3064 days ago by Smith College
Class-by-Class Scorecard: Final Two Days!

Just two days left and we still have a bit of ground to make up to meet our goal! Please share this challenge on your class Facebook pages and encourage your friends and classmates (or fellow parents), to give generously!

Since Saturday, we’ve had two new classes move into the $70,000 or more club—the Classes of 1971 and 1972!  These classes join nine other classes who reached this threshold earlier this month. Great work!

Also a few new classes now have 50 or more participants—the Classes of 1956, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1972. The Classes of 1958, 1975, and 1981 are so close! Three other classes are easily within reach. The Classes of 1965, 1983 and 2001 only have 5 or less donors to go to meet this threshold. You can do it!

Class of   # of Gifts  Dollar Total                       

1936            1            $100                                   

1938            1            $10,000           

1940            3            $5,150

1941            2            $7,052

1942            3            $12,100

1943            8            $21,725

1944            11            $1,800

1945            9            $3,125

1946            15            $13,035

1947            9            $5,645

1948            9            $3,800

1949            22            $76,399

1950            27            $28,635

1951            39            $77,220

1952            31            $23,313

1953            28            $13,995

1954            32            $48,362

1955            36            $47,538

1956            53            $53,304

1957            38            $26,349

1958            49            $178,871

1959            53            $37,545

1960            69            $76,864

1961            50            $29,745

1962            64            $63,583

1963            50            $62,615

1964            56            $52,295

1965            45            $50,975

1966            105            $216,385

1967            59            $84,051

1968            59            $43,849

1969            58            $39,738

1970            36            $19,847

1971            59            $72,822

1972            53            $73,457

1973            58            $70,138

1974            48            $33,985

1975            49            $22,790

1976            41            $59,181

1977            62            $78,002

1978            57            $21,597

1979            37            $62,370

1980            55            $16,247

1981            49            $40,800

1982            43            $32,938

1983            45            $9,315

1984            37            $22,511

1985            57            $20,014

1986            44            $25,370

1987            35            $13,562

1988            35            $42,314

1989            44            $8,140

1990            33            $14,015

1991            35            $16,141

1992            40            $8,631

1993            42            $22,781

1994            37            $6,243

1995            26            $2,940

1996            29            $6,660

1997            31            $5,030

1998            28            $2,613

1999            32            $2,259

2000            23            $1,333

2001            45            $3,845

2002            35            $3,954

2003            30            $2,246

2004            26            $1,603

2005            35            $1,356

2006            25            $5,245

2007            25            $1,060

2008            29            $1,663

2009            30            $1,371

2010            26            $816

2011            26            $1,088

2012            33            $845

2013            26            $1,146

2014            23            $3,368

2015            19            $545

2016            1            $10

2017            2            $20

2018            1            $10

ADAs          100         $16,509

Parents       305         $79,801

We will post another class scorecard update on Saturday, but full challenge stats won’t be available until after the New Year as we have a lot of gift entry to do to include all calendar year end gifts.

As always, thank you for your continued support of The Smith Fund. 

3064 days ago by Smith College
In His Own Words: A Professor's Perspective

Support of The Smith Fund is not just important to students on campus--it is important to faculty too. Being able to offer opportunities that reach beyond the classroom enhances the student (and faculty) experience. 

One of the joys of teaching is to be witness as a student discovers something new, even a small something. I see this happen every day, this beauty of the liberal arts, where students are encouraged to wander and be in wonder, where they can struggle and find solace in the act of knowing.

The best way to inspire this kind of intellectual practice is by providing students from all backgrounds and in all areas of study with opportunities to pursue research outside of the classroom. Experiential learning is at the heart of what we do here at Smith, and the benefits are undeniable. When students engage in inquiry in a deep way, when they encounter the investigative wildness that is finding and tracking an idea, they become less afraid of failure, they become human beings more capable of their promise. This is a powerful way of learning, and students who get a taste of it want more.

This month, The Smith Fund is challenging alumnae to raise $3.1 million to ensure that students today have access to all the essential elements of a Smith education, from scholarships and financial aid to research opportunities and internships--all things that enhance the traditional classroom experience.

This is an important--and worthy--cause, but we still have a ways to go before reaching our goal. I hope you will consider making a gift to Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge before December 31 so that we continue to have the resources to guarantee every student a taste of what it's like to use their education to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and make things better.

Your gift matters. Please give as generously as you can.

With thanks,

Kevin Quashie

Professor, Africana Studies


3065 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: Meet Smith Fund Intern Cherilyn McGlynn '16

Cherilyn is making the most of her time at Smith, including taking advantage of many things that make Smith so special, like Junior Year Abroad and a Praxis Internship.


3065 days ago by Smith College
Class-by-Class Scorecard: Week 4

We hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. We know that you are anxious for the latest update on class stats, so we are here to deliver. 

Two classes have already exceeded $100,000 in Smith Fund revenue for the month of December. The have raised a collective total of $387,911! A few other classes are close behind—the are each at $70,000 or more (or very close to it)! 

We also have a number of classes who have 50 or more participants in . The leads the way with 100 donors, but the following classes have also surpassed 50 challenge participants: .

Keep up the good work everyone! We have just six days left to meet our challenge goal. Please share on your social media sites (especially class Facebook pages) and encourage your friends and classmates to give.

Class of    # of Gifts   Dollar Total         Class of    # of Gifts     Dollar Total
1936               1            $100                  1980             54            $15,947
1938               1            $10,000             1981             45            $34,600
1940               3            $5,150               1982             39            $31,428       
1941               2            $7,052               1983             42            $9,105
1942               3            $12,100             1984             34            $21,711
1943               8            $21,725             1985             53            $18,328
1944              10           $1,550               1986             40            $24,840
1945               5            $2,400               1987             31            $11,162
1946              13           $9,535               1988             35            $42,314
1947               9            $5,645               1989             42            $7,940
1948               8            $3,750               1990             31            $9,015
1949              16           $74,929             1991             30            $12,740
1950              22           $26,935             1992             36            $7,745
1951              33           $69,450             1993             40            $12,256
1952              25           $22,338             1994             34            $6,175
1953              25           $12,880             1995             24            $2,865
1954              26           $22,062             1996             26            $6,035
1955              32           $45,013             1997             30            $4,955
1956              46           $46,634             1998             27            $2,103
1957              29           $21,749             1999             30            $2,009
1958              43           $175,676           2000             22            $1,233
1959              48           $36,235             2001             44            $3,420
1960              60           $68,489             2002             34            $3,904
1961              41           $25,020             2003             27            $1,966
1962              56           $60,433             2004             23            $1,378
1963              43           $37,990             2005             34            $1,306
1964              51           $45,320             2006             25            $5,245
1965              44           $48,725             2007             23            $1,000
1966             100          $212,235           2008             27            $1,138
1967              54           $83,426             2009             28            $1,241
1968              54           $42,099             2010             24            $786
1969              49           $31,088             2011             25            $938
1970              33           $17,347             2012             29            $740
1971              56           $71,272             2013             24            $626
1972              49           $58,207             2014             22            $843
1973              53           $67,563             2015             19            $545
1974              43           $28,005             2016              1             $10
1975              45           $21,890             2017              2             $20
1976              39           $58,681             2018              1             $10
1977              53           $75,147             ADA              93            $14,759
1978              53           $20,872             PARENT      285           $79,676
1979              33           $59,570

Watch for another class stats update on Wednesday, December 30.


Apologies on the crazy formatting. This is being updated from out of town on a computer that isn't accepting the scorecard chart as one piece.

3068 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: Meet Yashna Sureka '17

Smith's open curriculum inspired Yashna to explore something out of her comfort zone--and she's been changed ever since.

3073 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: A Parent Perspective

Katharine Swibold '82 (P'15) went to Smith, and so did her daughter, Hannah.

Did you feel like me when your young loved one received her Smith acceptance letter? Of course I felt immense pride and a sense of hopeful opportunity... followed by apprehension. Would she grow and thrive as we hoped? Would Smith live up to her expectations? 

For us, the answer to these questions is "yes". When my daughter Hannah arrived at Smith, she could have pursued her interests in science and math. But Smith's open curriculum allowed her to explore all of her passions, and she graduated with a major in Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. Smith gave Hannah the confidence to follow her dream of living abroad. After graduating last spring, she now teaches English in Barcelona (where she spent her JYA).

Watching Hannah's experience has been fascinating for me as an alumna. There is no question about our distinct experiences--Smith's culture has evolved, and we are different people. But we both gained so much from our time at Smith: confidence, fierce independence, intellectual curiosity, and friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Hannah and I both received financial assistance from Smith. The school provides financial aid to approximately 60% of its students, a commitment that enables young women who traditionally may not be able to afford a Smith education to attend. The result is a student body that is both ethnically and socio-economically diverse. Making friends of different backgrounds is part of what makes the Smith experience so special.

As a parent I am asking you to join me in making a gift to The Smith Fund to ensure that Smith remains the welcoming, exciting, and academically rigorous place it is today. Gifts to The Smith Fund are applied to financial aid, and also allow the College the flexibility to respond to programmatic needs and opportunities throughout the year. 

I thank you for joining me in support of Smith, and wish you a happy holiday season with your loved ones.

Katharine M. Swibold '82 P'15 


As you can see from the scorecard below, parents play a big role in helping to power The Smith Fund. We know it is hard to think about donating money to Smith when you are already paying for (or paying back) your child's education, but parent support is an important part of ensuring that your child--and the next generation of Smithies-- have the same opportunities as those who came before them. 'THANK YOU' to all our Smith parents, for supporting your child's education--in every way.

3075 days ago by Smith College
Class-by-Class Scorecard: Week 3

Thank you to all of you who have participated in Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge! We are just hours away from completing our second challenge-within-a-challenge, but could use your help to get there. Please share this campaign with your friends and classmates to help us secure $25,000 from Lois Hoffman Thompson ’66.

We would also like to acknowledge all of the classes represented on the class-by-class scorecard below—beginning with the Class of 1936 and ending with the Class of 2018. That is 82 years of Smith giving represented in the month of December alone!

Check to see how your class is doing:

Class of


# of Gifts

Dollar Total

Class of

# of Gifts

Dollar Total
1936 1 $100 1980 43 $12,060
1938 1 $10,000 1981 42 $34,170
1940 3 $5,150 1982 32 $29,766
1941 2 $7,052 1983 36 $8,425
1942 1 $50 1984 25 $12,876
1943 5 $6,225 1985 40 $16,367
1944 7 $1,000 1986 33 $24,305
1945 4 $2,200 1987 25 $7,835
1946 13 $9,535 1988 28 $31,695
1947 8 $4,645 1989 33 $4,505
1948 8 $3,750 1990 26 $7,870
1949 12 $21,729 1991 25 $2,265
1950 18 $23,685 1992 25 $4,310
1951 26 $64,300 1993 33 $9,581
1952 23 $22,228 1994 27 $5,885
1953 21 $12,105 1995 23 $2,815
1954 22 $18,843 1996 22 $5,610
1955 29 $36,911 1997 26 $4,305
1956 35 $23,830 1998 22 $1,493
1957 24 $17,195 1999 23 $1,534
1958 34 $146,207 2000 19 $1,183
1959 41 $32,674 2001 36 $2,425
1960 47 $55,420 2002 27 $3,399
1961 34 $17,120 2003 21 $1,831
1962 46 $45,438 2004 18 $772
1963 34 $26,470 2005 28 $1,101
1964 44 $33,050 2006 20 $5,045
1965 38 $40,395 2007 16 $665
1966 69 $146,650 2008 21 $930
1967 37 $65,686 2009 26 $1,136
1968 46 $39,216 2010 22 $766
1969 35 $21,330 2011 20 $883
1970 27 $14,405 2012 25 $538
1971 48 $67,445 2013 23 $606
1972 36 $55,267 2014 17 $788
1973 43 $23,326 2015 15 $385
1974 33 $24,265 2016 1 $10
1975 38 $18,365 2017 2 $20
1976 27 $9,621 2018 1 $10
1977 49 $21,975 ADA 84 $12,579
1978 45 $19,802 PARENTS 247 $69,710
1979 30 $58,870
3076 days ago by Smith College
A Second Big Challenge!

Lois Hoffman Thompson, a generous member of the class of 1966, will give $25,000 to Smith if 300 other alumnae, parents, and friends make Smith Fund contributions of any size, in just three days!

Our deadline to secure this gift is Friday, December 18, at midnight (Eastern).

Please share this information with your friends and colleagues to help spread the word of this tremendous gift.

3077 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: Chapter 3

J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 shares why SHE gives to The Smith Fund.*


Chapter 3: The Old Girls' Club Is Alive and Well.

Before my senior year at Smith, I took a year off and moved to London. I had never been out of the country before. I didn't have a job or a place to live. But I did have Smith women in my corner.

For the first month, I stayed with a Smith friend in her study abroad dorm room. I contacted a Smith alumna who worked as a book editor at Random House. She didn't know me, but she knew I went to Smith. She found me a great job at a literary agency. Six months later, I became a nanny to a family with three boys under the age of two. One afternoon, pushing a double stroller over cobblestone streets, I noticed a woman in a BMW, honking her horn. She had actually stopped traffic. She waved me over, shouting something. I assumed she was in trouble. When I got closer, I heard what she was shouting. Two words: "Smith College!" She had noticed that I was wearing a Smith sweatshirt. I went up to her window and she handed me her card. She said she was a Smithie, and if there was ever anything she could do for me, I should give her a call.

Later, in my mid-twenties, I worked at the New York Times. On my left sat a Smith alumna. On my right, another Smith woman. My first novel, Commencement, was about a group of Smith alumnae. When I traveled the country to promote it, I noticed that if I read in a town with a Smith club, I had a full house. Otherwise, three people showed up.

Attending Smith made me a part of a network of incredible, generous women, including some of my dearest friends. Without The Smith Fund, I might not know them today. Smith women have helped me personally and professionally, time and again. And when I hear of a young Smith grad looking for work in my field, or advice about life, I try to help her too. In recent years, I've met members of the new generation of Smith women, many of whom could never dream of attending Smith if it weren't for scholarship funds.

I give to Smith because of all the gifts that Smith has given me. I urge you to consider what Smith has given you and to keep this spirit of generosity going. You're just a couple of clicks away from enriching the life of another Smithie. Please make your gift to The Smith Fund now and help us reach our goal of $3.1 million in 31 days.

Thank you,

J. Courtney Sullivan '03

*Read Chapters 1 & 2 below.

3079 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: Meet Precious Musa '18

Unsure that a women's institution was for her, Precious decided to learn more about Smith.  

3080 days ago by Smith College
Class-by-Class Scorecard: Week 2

Want to know how your class is performing? Check out the week two scorecard below.

We currently have six classes/groups that have 30 or more donors: the Classes of 1960, 1962, 1966, 1977, Ada Comstock Scholars, and Smith Parents. Way to go! Not far behind them are the Classes of 1964, 1965, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993, and 2001.

Shout out to the Class of 2006, who has raised $4,560 so far this December-- the most out of all our graduates of the last decade.

Class of # of Gifts Dollar Total Class of # of Gifts Dollar Total
1938 1 $10,000 1979 26 $8,470
1940 1 $50 1980 28 $8,970
1941 1 $5,000 1981 28 $25,710
1943 1 $75 1982 23 $19,016
1944 3 $400 1983 20 $5,820
1945 1 $100 1984 20 $2,666
1946 5 $2,615 1985 21 $5,520
1947 4 $2,045 1986 20 $6,100
1948 5 $3,450 1987 13 $1,490
1949 4 $3,000 1988 18 $14,550
1950 11 $22,855 1989 21 $1,740
1951 15 $4,875 1990 11 $2,210
1952 12 $11,410 1991 18 $1,595
1953 13 $7,370 1992 17 $3,655
1954 13 $9,673 1993 26 $8,956
1955 23 $10,836 1994 17 $3,750
1956 20 $19,210 1995 16 $2,485
1957 18 $7,295 1996 17 $5,340
1958 21 $131,572 1997 14 $3,340
1959 21 $9,990 1998 15 $668
1960 36 $20,110 1999 17 $1,189
1961 21 $11,125 2000 12 $397
1962 31 $36,538 2001 27 $2,045
1963 15 $19,710 2002 18 $2,449
1964 27 $7,580 2003 13 $1,386
1965 25 $34,220 2004 15 $590
1966 34 $70,005 2005 21 $861
1967 23 $9,171 2006 14 $4,560
1968 27 $18,065 2007 8 $480
1969 22 $10,775 2008 14 $570
1970 20 $11,535 2009 17 $851
1971 23 $18,232 2010 14 $451
1972 24 $44,422 2011 14 $633
1973 28 $13,406 2012 15 $223
1974 22 $13,345 2013 16 $420
1975 25 $12,835 2014 9 $195
1976 18 $7,601 2015 7 $270
1977 31 $11,985 ADA 50 $8,576
1978 27 $4,310 PARENT 164 $62,544

Don't forget to share this campaign and encourage others to give. Use the link in the Advocates tab to track your success!

3083 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: Chapter 2

J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 shares why SHE gives to The Smith Fund.*


Chapter 2: Praxis Paved the Way

When I go on a book tour, there are four kinds of people who show up to my events.

1. Those who have actually read my novels.
2. Those who have come for the free cheese plate.
3. Blood relatives.
4. Aspiring writers who want to know how I got an agent.

On this last point, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that I owe it to The Smith Fund.

The summer before my junior year, I got offered an unpaid internship at The Atlantic magazine. A fantastic opportunity, except for the unpaid part. Up until then, I had worked every summer, saving as much as I could to put toward my education. I worked during the school year, too.

But because of Praxis funds--funds donated by Smith alumnae--I was able to get paid to do the internship of my dreams. I got some plum assignments at The Atlantic, including getting to fill in for the fiction editor's assistant. That editor, an incredibly generous man, asked me if I was a writer. When I shyly shared some of my short stories (leaving them on his office chair, then running away while he was at lunch...), he was kind and encouraging.

A few months later, another Atlantic editor told me she had read my stories and would like to send them to a young agent who was also a former intern. The agent called me and we had lunch. Fourteen years and three novels later, she is still my agent. A connection I made in my Smith summer internship turned out to be the most important of my career.

This is one of so many reasons why I give to The Smith Fund. I want to make sure that future Smithies have access to Praxis and other programs that can help them achieve, regardless of finances. The Smith Fund's "Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge" does just that. All money pledged in the month of December helps to ensure that Smith's remarkable student body continues to flourish on campus and beyond. Please give what you can today.

Thank you,

J. Courtney Sullivan '03


*Read Chapter 1 below.

3084 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: Meet Zarah Ferrari '18.

What does it mean to be a Smithie?

For Zarah Ferrari '18, it means being part of a thriving and diverse community. It means sharing lifelong connections with an incredible network of women worldwide, and it means taking part in beloved traditions and passing them along to a new generation of Smithies.


3084 days ago by Smith College
Ada Comstock Scholars: Strength in Numbers

A quick shout out to Smith's largest class, (and the only class that keeps on growing), the Ada Comstock Scholars ('AC).  The Adas currently have the highest number of participants in the Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge! They have 7 more donors than the next closest class (the Class of 1966).  A full update of class-by-class stats will be posted on Friday. Stay tuned!

3085 days ago by Smith College
Five Days. 500 Gifts. $50,000!

A generous member of the Class of 1977 (who wishes to remain anonymous), will give $50,000 to Smith if 500 other alumnae, parents, and friends make Smith Fund contributions of any size--but we only have five days!

Our deadline to secure this gift is Sunday, December 13, at midnight (Eastern).  

Please share this information with your friends and colleagues to help spread the word of this tremendous gift. 

3086 days ago by Smith College
Class-by-Class Scorecard: Week 1

Want to know how your class is performing? Check out the handy chart below.

Special shout-out to the 55 Smith Parents and Families who have participated, and check out the Class of 1958's amazing $127,517!

Class of # of Gifts Dollar Total Class of # of Gifts Dollar Total
1943 1 $75 1982 6 $645
1944 1 $100 1983 11 $3,465
1946 2 $115 1984 8 $1,160
1949 2 $900 1985 6 $720
1950 1 $30 1986 5 $770
1951 5 $1,275 1987 2 $30
1952 3 $10,300 1988 8 $1,475
1953 5 $2,260 1989 9 $805
1954 1 $100 1990 2 $125
1955 8 $1,595 1991 6 $530
1956 12 $9,110 1992 9 $1,760
1957 8 $1,895 1993 14 $3,029
1958 8 $127,517 1994 4 $550
1959 5 $2,345 1995 9 $1,405
1960 14 $2,260 1996 5 $660
1961 6 $6,175 1997 6 $365
1962 9 $1,210 1998 6 $180
1963 3 $14,110 1999 4 $320
1964 6 $1,260 2000 6 $115
1965 9 $26,065 2001 9 $585
1966 8 $5,200 2002 8 $376
1967 7 $2,800 2003 4 $561
1968 7 $3,360 2004 8 $287
1969 10 $2,375 2005 6 $170
1970 8 $7,095 2006 6 $360
1971 10 $2,782 2007 3 $105
1972 5 $2,485 2008 3 $120
1973 6 $2,035 2009 5 $95
1974 7 $1,900 2010 8 $310
1975 6 $3,485 2011 5 $255
1976 4 $2,176 2012 5 $70
1977 6 $1,015 2013 6 $265
1978 6 $1,320 2014 2 $45
1979 6 $935 2015 3 $90
1980 11 $3,505 Ada Comstock 20 $1,145
1981 11 $6,870 Parents 55 $47,185

Don't forget to share this campaign with your classmates and encourage them to give. Use the Advocates tab to track your success.

3090 days ago by Smith College
Participation is critical.

We know that the Smith community likes a good challenge and some healthy competition, so starting tomorrow we will be sharing a class-by-class, donor scorecard each Saturday. Today however, after just two days of the challenge, we wanted to send a quick shout out to the Class of 1960 who is currently in the lead with the highest number of donors so far this December. 1981 and 1988—you are each only one donor behind the Class of 1960. Keep sharing this page and encouraging your classmates to give! 31 Days. $3.1 million.

3091 days ago by Smith College
In Her Own Words: Chapter 1.

J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 shares why SHE gives to The Smith Fund.

Chapter 1: A Smithie Walks Into a Bar

On a Friday night in 2005, I was standing in a crowded bar in Greenwich Village chatting with a friend, when my cell phone rang. I looked down at the screen and saw the familiar 413-585...

Smith was calling. Presumably to ask for money.

Call me crazy, but I was excited. This was the first ever call of its kind I had received. I pushed through the crowd and rushed out to the sidewalk to answer the phone.

To me, it felt like a rite of passage. Two years earlier, when I was still a student, my friends were on the other side of the conversation, working in The Smith Fund phone bank in the Quad, where a perk of the job was that you got to make the odd free phone call home. (Recent graduates will be horrified to know that most of us did not have cell phones yet.) The alumnae on the contact list were incredible women, living fascinating lives all over the world. They provided a glimpse of the future. Many wanted to know what was happening on campus, and took the time to ask what we hoped to do next.

On that Friday night when I got the call, I was 24. I was paying for my college education on my own. I worked as an assistant at a women's magazine. My monthly salary barely covered my student loan payments and the rent on the tiny apartment I shared with a friend. But I wanted to contribute something. I gave $25.

In the decade since, I've continued to answer the call each year, giving whatever I can, making sure to ask the young woman on the other end of the line what's happening on campus now, what she hopes to do next. This December, I hope you will do the same. We are trying to raise $3.1 million in just 31 days. This is no easy task. Please give what you can--no donation is too small.

Thank you,

J. Courtney Sullivan '03


Why do YOU give? Share your story with Smith Fund staff: thesmithfund@smith.edu

3091 days ago by Smith College

Class LeaderboardThe Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Students, Alumnae
AffiliationDonors$ Raised
19451$100
19471$250
19521$100
19531$1,000
19541$50
19551$100
19563$1,750
19582$10,500
19594$675
19601$50
19615$900
19627$1,030
19636$360
19643$450
19658$2,893
196627$16,050
19678$2,010
196812$6,085
19697$3,050
19706$3,150
197112$5,275
19722$325
197317$11,225
197410$8,475
197511$1,885
19769$4,475
197721$60,230
197816$2,720
197910$2,600
19805$5,800
198114$2,665
198220$4,215
19837$900
198412$7,935
198522$5,916
198617$3,550
19879$2,950
198814$13,320
198910$2,450
19907$2,060
199115$7,270
199214$2,261
199318$2,881
199412$1,775
19958$1,700
19969$955
199712$3,245
199810$2,017
199911$780
200011$1,686
200114$1,200
200218$1,665
20037$1,210
200413$817
200514$655
200614$995
200712$1,270
200816$1,208
200911$346
201015$346
20118$463
201216$375
201310$750
201410$355
20158$170
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