Philanthropy opens doors: a legacy of giving back

November 22, 2019 at 1:47 PM


Philanthropy has always played a significant role in Mount Holyoke’s history. From the very beginning, when Mary Lyon traveled across New England with her green velvet purse collecting the donations and resources to open Mount Holyoke, the College has understood the importance of giving to a greater good. In the years since its founding, Mount Holyoke has remained committed to fostering a sense of community and to cultivating the understanding that the generosity of our community can create change and opportunities for decades to come. To commemorate MHC’s extensive legacy of giving, we'd like to share a new project we’ve been working on in the Division of Advancement!

We recently launched a pilot initiative called “The Philanthropy Flush,” to showcase the ways that philanthropy and giving has affected Mount Holyoke. This is a biweekly series of posters, hung in the bathrooms of Mary Woolley Hall, which feature fun facts about MHC's philanthropic history. These teaser posters also include a link to blog posts with more information about those philanthropy facts. In many of the residence halls and academic buildings across campus, students use signs and posters in the restrooms to communicate with one another and to promote upcoming events. We thought this would also be a good opportunity to entertain a captive audience with little-known stories about Mount Holyoke.

The information for the posters comes from experts from across the College: Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Botanic Garden. By gathering these various histories, we hope to provide a fuller view of the College’s extraordinary history and how the generosity of our community has profoundly impacted the campus experience. This is a fun way to share important stories and to give readers the opportunity to reflect on the various ways philanthropy has shaped their own time at Mount Holyoke.

As always, thank you for your support of Mount Holyoke’s vision of excellence and opportunity. It is because of the enduring support of our community that Mount Holyoke forever shall be!

Check out the first three posters in our series!
Click on an image below to view the full-size PDF.

Philanthropy Flush Issue 1, October 21, 2019
Philanthropy Flush Issue 2, November 4, 2019
Philanthropy Flush Issue 3, November 18, 2019


Rachel Nix ’20

Written by Rachel Nix ’20

Rachel, a politics major and sociology minor, is a marketing assistant in the Office of Advancement and a contributor to the MHC Forever blog. Hailing from West Virginia, she serves on MHC’s Admissions and Financial Aid Advisory Committee, is deeply involved with social justice initiatives and loves spending her free time with friends, reading on the green or trying to pet Jorge, the goose.