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Smithies Thrive - New Smith Fund Campaign to Support Women of Color

Smithies thrive when students of color thrive.
Together, we can help.

It’s not about big money, it’s about collective power and care. Let’s support students of color in reaching their fullest potential on campus and beyond. Goal: 100 gifts (or more) in May.

Help Smithies Thrive in one of three ways:
1)  Emergency Fund for Women of Color — a place for students to turn for urgent, unanticipated needs. 

Or, one of The Smith Fund designations:
2)  Essential Smith — helps fund financial aid, student organizations, and campus facilities. 
3)  Global Smith — funding study abroad and other opportunities for global engagement. 


Real Stories of Entrepreneurs:

On Wednesday, April 20, almost 30 Smithies drove in from all parts of Los Angeles to the Westside Tavern for a panel on entrepreneurship, featuring Alyson Roux '09, Karen Brown '72, Tricia Ting Lee '93 and Wendy Brynford-Jones led by Lindsey Venne, Program Specialist, Office of Alumnae Engagement at Smith College. Smithies from class years '50 to '16J, and in all careers were in attendance for this fantastic event.

The panelists shared their experience and advice, especially emphasizing the important of networks, like the Smith alumnae network. Other pieces of advice included taking people to lunch often, thinking positively, handling your own bookkeeping and saying yes to opportunities. Thank you to our four local panelists, and Lindsey Venne for such an enjoyable and informative evening. 

Special thanks to everyone who gave to The Smith Fund at the event! Your support ensures more events can be planned in the future.

Interested in connecting with other attendees at this event? Email

ALL 4 ONE - Smith Fund Campaign Update

The final gifts have been tallied and the results show that Smithies are always up for a challenge. Not only did we beat our original goal, but we exceeded our extended goal as well. We had 1,903 donors, 121% of 1,568 donor goal. Although this was a participation challenge, it's also wonderful to share that $736,795 was donated. THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

It's never too late to make a gift to the Smith Fund!