MHC Celebrates Record-Breaking Campaign

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 17:15
Joanne V. Creighton Hall

Thanks to the generosity of nearly 26,000 alumnae, families, and friends, the College has exceeded its goal and raised a record-breaking $305.4 million in The Campaign for Mount Holyoke––kicking off the next 175 years of excellence in educating change-making women.

The many gifts that have been made are funding professorships, scholarships, internships, and academic departments. They have also provided the support needed to improve and expand MHC facilities with the construction of Joanne V. Creighton Hall, the College’s first new residence hall in 40 years; a new community boathouse; and the renovation of the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, which included a new outdoor track and dance studios.

Launched in 2006, the Campaign has been led by alumnae cochairs Leslie Anne Miller '73, chair emeritus  of the Board of Trustees, and Barbara M. Baumann '77, also a trustee emeritus.

“We must honor the College’s successes and future ambitions, and we must continue to deliver the resources necessary for the future to excel and to adapt to change,” said Miller. “As a result of this campaign, we have the resources to bring changes to campus that will propel us into our next 175 years. Change is here.”

“Mount Holyoke women look forward and give back, as The Campaign for Mount Holyoke shows,” said Baumann. Noting that gifts to the College ranged from $20.13 to $10 million, she added, “It takes the commitment of the entire MHC community, making gifts small and large, to bring home a successful campaign. In fact, more than 23,000 gifts under $10,000 helped bring the Campaign to success.”

One of the Campaign’s primary objectives was to increase the endowment to insure the long-term financial health of the College. In support of that goal, Miller and her husband, Richard Worley, made one of the Campaign's most generous gifts to name the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and establish a chair in environmental studies. In total, 1,747 donors gave $163 million directed to the College endowment, while $39 million has been dedicated to projects and programs and another $28 million to facilities. Campaign gifts made to The Mount Holyoke Fund to support the College’s daily operations totaled $75 million.

“The success of this campaign honors the proud legacy of 175 years of educating women who change the world in large and small ways, whether in their own communities or in the world at large. The College is now poised to begin its next 175 years of success and leadership in the liberal arts, thanks to loyal alumnae donors and friends,” said Mary Graham Davis ‘65, chair of the Board of Trustees.

“I want to thank Vice President for Advancement Mary Anne Young ’81 and her extraordinary staff, Board chair Mary Davis ’65, and Campaign cochairs Barbara Baumann and Leslie Miller for their outstanding leadership,” said MHC President Lynn Pasquerella ‘80. “I also want to express my gratitude to each and every individual who made our goal a reality. Their support truly has made a world of difference!”

The last campaign, Advancing Our Legacy of Leadership, which ended in 2003, set the College’s previous record of $257 million in gifts.