$1 Million for Mount Holyoke Reaches Goal!


One week. 1,550 gifts. $1 million—and still counting. That’s the remarkable story of the $1 Million for Mount Holyoke campaign. Alumnae from over 50 graduating classes, and MHC parents, friends, and current students—from 18 countries—came together to pay it forward. Each gift to The Mount Holyoke Fund, which ranged from $5 to $25,000, was matched during the June 9-13 campaign.

This $1 million investment will have an immediate impact on our students’ experience at the College, ensuring that Mount Holyoke can continue to connect them with award-winning teacher-scholars, opportunities to study and intern abroad, and the financial support to make it possible to attend MHC.

“Donors who make Mount Holyoke a priority are committed to making a better world; they are smart donors who want to see a return on their dollars. Through The Mount Holyoke Fund they invest in the future by supporting ideas and innovations, and a culture that encourages women to ask the big questions, and then supports them in finding the answers,” said Jill Stern ’84, director of The Mount Holyoke Fund.

The $1 Million for Mount Holyoke campaign was seeded by a $100,000 gift from Trustee Liz Cochrary Gross ’79. She was inspired by those who stepped up to invest in Mount Holyoke during the FebruMary Challenge, generating an 824% increase in giving from young alumnae and Frances Perkins alumnae.

Throughout the week, the campaign blog showcased how alumnae and students change the world. From the lacrosse team members cleaning up a mess left in an airport terminal—a good deed noticed by the CIO of a global insurance company—to an environmental studies class committed to tackling global issues right here on campus, the message was clear: Mount Holyoke women leave everything better than they found it.


Why is your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund so important?

Why is your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund so important? Because, when you give to MHC, you invest in the future of our world. You invest in the faculty, the ideas and innovation, and in a culture that encourages women to ask the big questions and supports them in finding the answers. The reality is that women outnumber men in the workforce and in higher education, and we control 60% of the wealth. And despite our ever-growing numbers, we continue to face many of the same challenges that have held women back for decades. Statistics show, however, that students who choose women’s colleges are better prepared to overcome these challenges. Mount Holyoke prepares women to become leaders in their communities. Whether through picking up someone else’s trash, helping to restore the wetlands, or fighting for racial equality, MHC women are ready to make the world a better place.