Your generosity during this uncertain and difficult year has been essential. During the 2019–2020 fiscal year, 9,670 alums, family members, friends, faculty, staff and students made gifts and pledges to Mount Holyoke totaling $30.7 million. 30% of alumnae (8,793) gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.86 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs, including $346,544 for the Emergency Student Relief Fund to support students during this unprecedented crisis.
At Mount Holyoke, this week would normally be the time when underclass students would be traveling home for the summer, alums in reunion classes would be packing their Laurel Parade ensembles and the seniors’ calendars would be packed with celebrations leading into Commencement.
What an incredible two days! Our first March4MHC Community Challenge was a huge success!
Thank you for a truly impressive outpouring of support for Mount Holyoke and our community. During this short challenge, 3,607 donors gave $961,097 to The Mount Holyoke Fund. This tremendous demonstration of support, from the entire Mount Holyoke Community — 3,247 alums; 232 faculty, staff and students; and 174 family and friends of the College — helped us earn an impressive additional $350,000 for MHC, thanks to the generous challenge from a group of anonymous donors.
During the 2018–2019 fiscal year, 9,591 alumnae, family members, friends and students made gifts to Mount Holyoke totaling $28.6 million. 8,943 alumnae gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.06 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs. These investments in Mount Holyoke help empower students to find their voices, become leaders and inspire others. Your generosity is paramount to the Mount Holyoke experience. Thank you for ensuring that Mount Holyoke forever shall be.
Festive lights are up around campus and students are finishing up their coursework, eagerly anticipating the chance to connect with families and loved ones over the winter break. In this season of giving and good will, many of us are thinking about the ones with whom we share fond memories and those who made a difference in our lives. Here are a few of the meaningful Mount Holyoke connections you've shared with us:
"Ally and Asmaah, you are the sisters I never had and my uncommon partners in crime. Whether we are backpacking in Eastern Europe, plotting a hiking adventure to Peru, or texting about our daily lives, I know that I can always count on you. In true Mount Holyoke fashion, you are both exceptional in every single way. Your love of travel, food, and, yes, driving, is truly unparalleled. Because we met, Ally and Asmaah, I not only know the true meaning of adventure but the true meaning of sisterly love. " —Marija Tesla '11
"Mom...because I knew you...I received a greatest gift in Mount Holyoke. First, it was a beautiful brick and ivy dream; an aspiration I had, something powerful to work toward. Then, being there, finding academic success was a miracle. Finally, as a Mount Holyoke alumna my identity has been sealed, as if in a book of life. It is a source of pride that I wear as a badge; and it is a source of connection to you that I cherish. Now and forever. Thank you for the gift of my Mount Holyoke education and identity. I’m pleased to make this gift in your honor." —Susan Lowenthal Axelrod '84
This holiday season, as we gather with family and friends to give thanks, we in Advancement would like to thank all those who have invested in Mount Holyoke to support the incredible work happening on campus and abroad. Your investment enables our students to pursue their passions, explore new cultures and ideas, and gain invaluable experience working alongside faculty or in internship opportunities around the world. You help keep Mount Holyoke a warm and beautiful place to connect and grow as a community, and solidify us as an intellectual and cultural hub.
We receive so many wonderful comments from many of you for whom Mount Holyoke remains a meaningful part of your lives. Here are just a few we'd like to share:
"I support Mount Holyoke because I want to pass forward to today's young women all of the gifts Mount Holyoke bestowed on me as a student: the education, the values, the ways of seeing, the ways of caring, and the opportunity to develop into an adult woman on a quiet, supportive, and magnificently beautiful campus." —Ellen Safier Goodman '64
"My time at MHC was four of the best years of my life—I built relationships with such incredible, supportive faculty members, and found friends who I still talk to almost every day. MHC helped me become a better, more intelligent, and compassionate version of myself. I'll be forever grateful!" —Divya Chandramouli '14