The Heart of Smith 2020

This campaign ended on October 01, 2020, but you can still make a gift to Smith College by clicking here!

Construction of the new Neilson, designed by renowned designer Maya Lin, began in October 2017. Her vision incorporates the original 1909 facade into a new, re-imagined complex that will serve as an intellectual commons. The project is expected to be completed in April 2021. 

As the academic heart of the campus, Neilson Library advances and celebrates learning, benefiting all who come to Smith. The new Neilson will not only be an innovative and beautiful campus building but also a space that meets educational needs today—and in the future.

Among its new features are:

  • The Digital Media Hub and two recording studios, where students can work on multimedia projects
  • The Skyline Reading Room on the fourth floor, with a catering kitchen and outdoor patio
  • Larger aisles in the stacks so that people in wheelchairs can turn around, rather than have to back out
  • A sunken garden and outdoor amphitheater space
  • An interior walkway connecting the new Neilson with Alumnae Gym, where additional learning spaces—including experimental studios, the User Experience Lab, a reading room and computer lab—will be open 24/7.

Your support matters now more than ever. We know many are not in a position to give at this time, but if you are able, will you please help? 

All gifts, regardless of size, make a difference in the lives of current Smithies.

In case you missed it: Read Smith's Culture of Care Plan

As President McCartney said, remote learning for the fall semester will allow Smith to "focus on what Smith does best—teaching and learning, supporting and caring for one another, and continuing to do good work in and for the world." 

To directly support students now, consider designating your gift to the Student Emergency Aid Fund or the Emergency Fund for Students of Color. 

The Student Emergency Aid Fund is administered by the Office of the Dean of the College, and supports student needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. For Fall 2020, the Student Emergency Aid Fund will support critical student needs such as broadband access, emergency airfare expenses, and the shipping of textbooks. It is a current-use fund--the full amount of your gift will support student needs immediately.

The Emergency Fund for Students of Color is administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and supports emergency needs of students of color. This fund was started by Black alumnae from the Class of 1974 in 2001, and is an endowed fund--your gift will add to the endowed fund and earnings on the endowment will be spent each year. Areas of support include needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as medical/dental care, eyeglasses, medications and travel for urgent family matters.   

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Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Students, Parents, Alumni, Alumnae/i
AffiliationDonorsDollars
1943 1$500
1944 3$150
1946 1$50
1947 4$5,250
1948 5$950
1949 3$2,450
1950 7$50,073
1951 12$14,305
1952 5$27,375
1953 10$955
1954 14$4,548
1955 9$1,210
1956 8$3,815
1957 13$1,910
1958 18$3,175
1959 20$11,255
1960 16$9,755
1961 7$8,245
1962 19$14,297
1963 18$4,920
1964 23$56,680
1965 14$6,020
1966 27$6,987
1967 19$7,384
1968 24$8,302
1969 21$36,655
1970 13$4,590
1971 10$3,920
1972 25$19,300
1973 27$19,440
1974 20$2,896
1975 65$12,066
1976 18$2,515
1977 28$4,745
1978 29$2,890
1979 23$4,480
1980 16$945
1981 24$5,285
1982 27$1,946
1983 24$2,660
1984 23$1,476
1985 20$1,420
1986 23$4,970
1987 31$7,115
1988 25$4,463
1989 44$4,160
1990 38$4,800
1991 27$1,772
1992 38$4,435
1993 28$2,819
1994 34$948
1995 23$1,530
1996 40$2,387
1997 32$3,409
1998 32$920
1999 37$14,698
2000 28$1,205
2001 47$1,869
2002 24$1,275
2003 38$2,100
2004 30$862
2005 32$1,851
2006 32$775
2007 37$2,947
2008 25$1,432
2009 32$1,469
2010 17$304
2011 18$317
2012 24$313
2013 8$370
2014 12$199
2015 13$223
2016 21$253
2017 12$166
2018 16$532
2019 5$25
2020 1$10
2022 1$50
2023 2$150
2024 3$75
Ada 56$3,835


Donor affiliations


1% Students

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4% Parents

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1% Faculty/Staff

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2% Friends

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3% Alumni

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90% Alumnae/i

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Donor list

Lori Kilday
Susan C Bunnell
Martha Dale
Meredith Mahoney
Lucy R Sprague
Anonymous
Nancy F. Guthrie
Angela Olszewski
Michelle M. Morgan
Nancy B. Ludlam
Maureen C. Tobin
Lauren Collins-Mitchell
Michele A Lorand
Ann K. Everson
Elizabeth ("Lisa") Ericson
Carla M. Cooke
ANDREA YOUNGSMAN
Amelia C Joiner
Kayleigh Bohemier
Laura Arcari
Kimberly J Roberts
Julie Heckscher
Valerie L. Miller
Mary Beth Sweet
Jean S. Henning
Adele w Pike
Karen A Goldenberg
Anonymous
Marcia Trenholm
Patricia Hassett
Karen Kothe
Nicole I. Schroeder
Deborah J Owen
Debra Kendrew
Virginia Orben Stocker
Cassie Stearns
Darlene C Steil
Pamela P. Harris
Margery L Cole
Suzanne Sheldon
Lisa Williams-Ferreira

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Jody Angevin photoJody Angevin matched $1,000
Dottie Woodcock matched $25,000
Lesley L. Joplin photoLesley L. Joplin gave $200 because 20 donors made a gift in 29 days.
Two generous alumnae (members of the classes of ’72 and ’76) gave $75,000