Annual Giving


We are now getting to the age of being THE alumnae who sustain Smith and who will keep it strong for generations. We hope you will support Smith in your annual charitable giving plans. And remember, NO gift is too small, ALL gifts matter, and Smith would not be able to work towards its goal of ensuring that cost is never an obstacle for any Smithie without YOUR support.

A few facts for your consideration:

When is Smith’s fiscal year? 

July 1 – June 30. If you aren’t sure if you made a gift this fiscal year, contact Jen Beachell, our Class Fund Team Coordinator.

What are annual gifts to the College used for? 

67% of current Smith students receive financial aid from Smith. The average need-based grant is $48,117. The majority of dollars raised through annual giving to Smith supports student financial aid.

Give to beat Mt. Holyoke! 

In fiscal 2019, Mt. Holyoke’s overall participation was 30%; Smith’s was 23%. We can do better!

Does my gift matter? I can’t afford to give much. 

YES, every gift counts! Smith receives about $500,000 annually in gifts under $100, and all of it goes toward financial aid and other immediate needs of the College – an important part of Smith’s annual budget.  

Give for your daughter. 

Many of us are looking around at colleges for our children. One measure of alumnae satisfaction is percentage participation in the annual fund. The higher our percentage, the more attractive a school Smith becomes for young women of promise.

Give to honor a loved one. 

Gifts are a great way to honor the memory of a beloved classmate, friend, or professor. Make your gift in honor or memory of anyone! The family of the memorialized individual will be notified about your thoughtful gift. Contact our Class Memorial Gifts Chair, Karla Baldikoski Long with questions.

Give to make Smith better. 

A giving reflection: “My relationship with Smith is not transactional, it is aspirational.  My experience at Smith wasn’t perfect, but my connection to the community is lifelong. I give to make what I did not enjoy at Smith better, and I give in thanks for the friendships and confidence Smith gave me, which are invaluable.”

How do I make a gift? Takes about 2 minutes here.