The Power of Participation

Every alum. Every year.
Stronger together.

When you make your gift to Mount Holyoke every year: You sustain the experience for current and future students, you maintain the power of reputaion of your own degree and you inspire others.

Participation is determined by the number of donors, not by the amounts of their gifts.

 

When you make your gift to Mount Holyoke every year:

It adds up.

Annual gifts (even at very modest levels) can have just as much impact as major gifts when they are pooled together. For example, a $500,000 annual fund (pooled from hundreds or thousands of donors) can have the same financial effect as the payout from a $1 million endowment gift in a given year.

It influences reputation.

Alum participation is one factor used when evaluating and ranking colleges and universities. Rankings can affect reputation, reputation can affect enrollment, and enrollment can affect revenue from tuition. Participation rates are also a point of pride among peers.

It hedges risk.

Giving from alums creates a broad and diverse base of support, which helps ensure that institutions don’t have to rely on the same major donors year after year.

It builds a pipeline.

Consistent giving by alums in the years immediately following their graduation increases the likelihood that they will become major donors later in life, make planned gifts, and/or include their alma mater in their estate plans.

It inspires others.

People want to give to a winning cause. High levels of alum participation can influence major donors, corporations, and foundations when they’re considering their own investments. They want to give to institutions that others are supporting too.

 

So make your gift to Mount Holyoke if …

  • You want to sustain the Mount Holyoke experience for current and future students.
  • You believe that a liberal arts education is valuable.
  • You want to maintain the power and reputation of your own degree.

  

There is power in numbers.  Every donor counts; gifts large and small add up.

55 alums giving $10 = $550 funding for one night of M&Cs across campus

55 alums giving $10 = $550 funding for one night of M&Cs across campus

100 alums giving $25 = $2,500 to support emergency needs for seven students via the Student Safety Net

100 alums giving $25 = $2,500 to support emergency needs for seven students via the Student Safety Net

35 alums giving $100 = $3,500 for one Lynk-funded internship

35 alums giving $100 = $3,500 for one Lynk-funded internship

  

12 alums giving $250 = $3,000 to support outdoor entertainment during Pangy Day

12 alums giving $250 = $3,000 to support outdoor entertainment during Pangy Day

26 alums giving $500 = $13,000 for one semester of workshops at the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab

26 alums giving $500 = $13,000 for one semester of workshops at the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab

20 alums giving $1,000 = $20,000 for two scholarships of $10,000 each

20 alums giving $1,000 = $20,000 for two scholarships of $10,000 each

  

By the numbers: Average year participation percentages by decade

A bar graph depicting 5 year average participation by class year (decade).  1930s: 16.7%, 1904s: 36.5%, 1950s: 63.7%, 19060s: 59.3%, 1970s: 40.1%, 1980s: 31.1%, 1990s: 30.2%, 2000s: 18.2%, 2010s: 17.5%, 2020s: 8.4%, FPs: 15.1%

More about alum participation at Mount Holyoke:

  • 30,600: Total # of solicitable alums this year
  • 306: # of alum donors needed for one participation percentage point this year (this number changes as more alums graduate and the solicitable base grows)
  • 59.8%: MHC’s highest alum participation percentage achieved in fiscal year 1986–1987
  • 13,591:  Highest number of alum donors to MHC in one year achieved in fiscal year 1986–1987
  • 30.3%: Alum participation in fiscal year 2020–2021
  • 9,133: Alum donors in fiscal year 2020–2021
  • 31%: Average MHC alum participation over past five years
  • 9,000: Average alum donor count over past five years

  

Choose from 17 ways to direct your gift via The Mount Holyoke Fund.

See a list of all options.

Make your gift today at mtholyoke.edu/go/mhcgive.