Inspiring Mount Holyoke

2019 Report on Philanthropy

Because of you, Mount Holyoke College’s mission endures and thrives. We stand for social and intellectual engagement — and for independence of thought and action. We support innovation, challenge perspectives, cultivate creativity, foster belonging and graduate astute global citizens. 

As a member of our treasured community of donors, you inspire all that we do — and all that our students and alumnae accomplish as learners, educators, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and so much more. Your unwavering commitment to Mount Holyoke equips our diverse student body to live with purpose and drive change. Thank you.

Thank you from President Sonya Stephens

Dear friends,

One of the great joys of my work for and at Mount Holyoke is the opportunity to see — on a daily basis — the many remarkable ways that the broad College community contributes to the legacy of excellence and leadership in the education of our students. The depth of your commitment as loyal ambassadors, dedicated volunteers and generous donors makes a difference to who we are and what we are able to do together to advance learning, develop empathy and enhance human understanding.

Our work on campus and in academic programs beyond our gates would be impossible without you. More than 9,000 individuals gave to Mount Holyoke last year. Every gift makes a difference: You empower our students with scholarship aid, ensure access to transformative experiences on campus and around the world, sustain faculty excellence as they pursue research on everything from nanoparticles to the crisis of globalization in 19th-century Europe, and promote the extraordinary network of alumnae and friends who are always at the ready to support fellow graduates, students and professors. 

As you read about our exceptional students and faculty in the pages that follow, I hope that you will see in their stories just a little of the impact you are having in their lives. While it is impossible to capture fully in one publication the diversity of voices and experiences at Mount Holyoke, these wonderful examples testify to the many ways in which your generosity fuels the rigorous pursuit of learning, the commitment to intellectual and personal exploration, and the ubiquitous opportunities for leadership that we witness every day on campus.

Mount Holyoke, now more than ever, is a catalyst for change. Your belief in the College and its work, your generous support and your forward-thinking partnership enable us to continue to provide an education that meets the ever-changing needs of our world. Thank you for all you do to help Mount Holyoke, its faculty and its students realize their full potential.

With gratitude,

Sonya Stephens

Thank you from VP for Advancement Kassandra Jolley

Dear friends,

Thank you for your steadfast and generous commitment to Mount Holyoke College. Your financial investment ensures our students flourish beyond their wildest imaginings, our faculty excel in their teaching and research, and our global network of more than 38,000 graduates proudly carry the mantle of their alma mater.

With the introduction of this annual Report on Philanthropy, we are pleased to enhance our efforts to keep you informed of the impact of your generosity. In fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019), more than $28.6 million was given to support Mount Holyoke’s mission. Equally important, 31 percent of alumnae made a contribution to the College, giving back and paying it forward to help the next generation of changemakers. We owe special thanks to the 7,500 members of the Laurel Chain Society — alumnae and friends who make Mount Holyoke a philanthropic priority each and every year — as well as to the members of the Mary Lyon Society, who have committed to creating a legacy for the College through their estate or have established a charitable trust or annuity.

With stewardship of our financial and environmental resources a top priority, we have included the full list of donors for fiscal year 2019.

Thank you again for your support and your partnership.


Kassandra Jolley
Vice President for Advancement

Trang Pham ’21

Trang Pham ’21

“My lab skills were very shaky. I didn’t even know how to hold a pipette properly. But my professor saw my potential before I could even see it myself.”
David Sanford

David Sanford, Music

“Our musicians take classes in all areas. They’re exploring music in a liberal arts context, whether they’re studying sociology or World War II.”
Madeleine DesFossés ’21

Madeleine DesFossés ’21

“The funding from Mount Holyoke has allowed me to be curious. It’s allowed me to have a real college experience like everyone else.”
Wei Chen

Wei Chen, Chemistry

“We have amazing, incredible students. Part of my job is to help them see their potential.”
Deborah Uller

Deborah Uller, FP’20

“I could never have come to this college without funding from the Frances Perkins Program.”
Kavita Khory

Kavita Khory ’84, politics

“As someone who teaches courses on politics and international relations, I couldn’t ask for a richer and more dynamic classroom experience.”
Talia Michaud

Talia Michaud ’20

“The support I’ve received from the College has allowed me to follow my passions. I’ve been able to do so many things. I am really grateful.”
Andrea Lawlor

Andrea Lawlor, English

“Mount Holyoke students are politically engaged, critical thinkers. It’s exciting to work with emerging writers coming from different cultural contexts.”
Gary Gillis

Gary Gillis, Biological Sciences

“Labs are the most important part of a science education. We’re fortunate in having some of the finest laboratories of any liberal arts college setting.”
Maha Mapara

Maha Mapara ’21

“The alumnae supporting students through endowed scholarships says a lot about the College. I am so grateful for being recognized in such a special way.”
View the list of donors >

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the lists in this publication, we welcome feedback and questions. Please contact us at or 413-538-2060.

Stewardship and Donor Relations
Office of Advancement
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075