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Giving is Important and Here’s Why

Hi friends,

You probably received an email this morning from Cynthia Reed and the MHC Alumnae Association. It contains a link to the preliminary strategic plan for the college over the next five years. I wanted to draw your attention to a few excerpts from it, and ask that you consider making a financial contribution to the college before the fiscal year ends on June 30th.

Under the section regarding Financial Challenges (page 5):

* An array of financial factors, some external and some internal, are affecting Mount Holyoke’s present and its foreseeable future.
* Barring a change in the financial model, Mount Holyoke projects a structural deficit of approximately $5 million annually.
* Mount Holyoke is competitive with peers in terms of giving, and the generosity of alumnae has played a major role in the success of Mount Holyoke in recent years. But gift revenues are not a large enough percentage of the operating budget (about 12%, including the annual fund at 8% and another 4% for specific operating budget purposes) nor are they growing at sufficient rates to have a material impact on the basic financial structure.
* Expense budgets have been constrained for a number of years, resulting in departments that are struggling to support the programs and services that the College requires to remain in its current position as a selective liberal arts college.
* Balancing the operating budget in coming years will require either significant new sources of revenue or a significant reduction in the programs and services the College offers. Or both.

Under Section VII (page 13):

Mount Holyoke College will develop and begin to implement a financial model that is sustainable and achieves the College’s goals while continuing to produce a balanced annual operating budget.

1. Increase revenue from current sources.
1.1 Complete current fund-raising campaign.
1.2 Develop a plan for post-campaign fundraising that supports institutional priorities, including budget relief.
1.3 Increase annual fund giving by 4% annually and alumnae participation percentages by 1% annually.

2. Seek new revenue sources.
2.1 Fast track the Complementary Program Development initiative, focusing on programs that have the greatest potential for significant, near-term net revenue production.
2.2 Evaluate the opportunity to appeal to a broader student population by making some alterations in the current curriculum and implementing those that have promise.
2.3 Perform a comprehensive review of the likely costs and benefits of admitting men to the B.A. program.

There are a number of other elements mentioned in the report, including one that I find encouraging, about working to improve the connection of classroom skills to post-MHC careers.

This is a long email, all with the point of saying that Mount Holyoke needs us. We think our small gifts don’t matter, but together they add up to a lot. Please think about making a contribution in the next 6 days, whether you already have this year or not, and then signing up for a monthly pledge in the new fiscal year. Every dollar helps.
Written by SH, Class of 2000

MHC-related Gifts

Looking for a little something special? The Class of ’92 recently sent us a note that they have created an ornament to commemorate the inauguration of the new President of the College. It’s shaped like the Field Gate and you can find out more about it here:


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Woman of the Week!

You knew that you went to school with lots of interesting women, but what are they doing now?

As part of the excitement leading up to our 10 YEAR REUNION, May 21-23, 2010, your class board is resurrecting that timeless fixture of senior-year life, the Woman of the Week profile. We thought it would be cool to check in with folks almost 10 years after college, to see where they are, what they’re up to, and most importantly, whether they’re planning to be at the reunion!

Check back weekly for a new installment of Woman of the Week – and feel free to email nominations to Katie O’Brien at katherine.helen.obrien[at] or through the Class of 2000 Facebook page.