Hampshire is facing a pivotal moment in the life of the College, and many in our community have differing opinions about our future. But there is one thing that we all agree on: the passion, courage, creativity, and intelligence of our students. Today, more than 1,100 students are studying, living, working—and yes, protesting—on the Hampshire campus.
Our students rely on the generous support of alums, parents, and friends. Each year, donations make up the difference between tuition and costs. Even as the college explores options for its future, our students’ needs persist. That’s why we are launching the Urgent Support Fund for Students, with an initial goal of $2.2M in cash gifts by June 30.
Your gift to the Urgent Support Fund will provide support solely to the following areas of critical need for our students: financial aid, faculty salaries, and staff support.
An Alumni Fundraising Working Group has come together, with the backing of the Alumni Advisory Group, to raise these funds. These volunteers care deeply about Hampshire’s current students and want to ensure they have the best possible resources to get the support they need. We also recognize that a record-breaking outpouring of gifts of all sizes for this purpose will send a powerful and inspiring message to our students that Hampshire alums and parents believe in our community and our mission, now and into the future.
"Because I care deeply about Hampshire and want to be part of the solution, I have donated $100,000 to the Urgent Support Fund for Students."
Adele Simmons, President 1977 to 1989
In many ways. It will benefit students currently enrolled by providing funds restricted to financial aid, faculty salaries, and salaries of staff who directly support students. We aim to help our students continue to have the best Hampshire experience possible. In addition, your gift could help demonstrate to major donors, foundations, potential partners, and the world the high level of support for the college’s educational mission from its alums, parents, and friends. This will help inspire the kind of philanthropic investment in Hampshire that would be transformational at this time.
This fundraising effort was initiated by Alumni Advisory Group (AAG) members who are professional fundraisers. They coordinated with other alum fundraisers to form an Alumni Fundraising Working Group whose purpose is to help support the students and keep the College functioning during this transitional year. To accomplish this, they proposed this campaign as an immediately impactful way of giving for the many alums, parents, and friends who expressed their desire to help. This Urgent Support Fund for Students has the support of the full AAG, as well as the College.
Gifts to the Urgent Support Fund for Students will be restricted to use for financial aid, faculty salaries, and salaries of staff who directly support students. The goal for the Urgent Support Fund for Students is $2.2M by June 30. This will replace the unrestricted and other programmatic fundraising the College had left to raise this year, but will direct it specifically to student support. Achieving this initial goal will also lay the foundation for the next phase of this initiative: to support our students who return next year, a critical transition year that will be marked by a sharp reduction in revenue.
Currently, we do not know how many students will return next semester or how many of the admitted students will choose to start at Hampshire in September. The College is currently projecting a cohort of 600 to 700 students. What we do know is that support from alums, parents, and friends will benefit their educational experience and will help shield them from the uncertainty and sharp revenue reductions that will come with this transition year.
With a smaller student population next year, the College will downsize. We will not need as many beds, meals, and course seats for an estimated 600 to 700 students next year, versus 1,100 today. The painful process of making necessary staff and faculty reductions and other budget cuts will still occur.
No. Applications have formally been paused for fall 2019 and all applicants have been notified. However, your gift will be of immediate benefit to the 1,100 current students studying on campus this spring.
The purpose of this Fund is to support our current students during this transition. Remaining independent is one option for Hampshire’s future, as is negotiating a mutually beneficial partnership with another college or university.
Yes, it is different. The alum-led efforts at hampshirefuture.org and campaignforhampshire.org are collecting pledges made to independent entities not affiliated with the College. Contributions to the Urgent Support Fund for Students are gifts directly to the College that will be restricted to financial aid, faculty salaries, and salaries of staff who directly support students.
"Whatever happens up ahead, the current students are relying on us, the faculty and staff are relying on us. Whatever happens up ahead, alum support will strengthen the outcome, reassure current students and parents, perhaps inspire those parents and friends. Only we can provide the basis of a new period of thriving. And we must!" — Jonathan Wright 70F