The Swarthmore Fund

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The Swarthmore Fund: Simple. Inclusive. Transformational.

Simply stated, gifts to The Swarthmore Fund enable the College to provide more and better opportunities for a greater number of students. Whereas gifts to the endowment and deferred gifts are focused on the future, The Swarthmore Fund is fully dedicated to the present.

Interest drawn from Swarthmore’s endowment, substantial though it is, does not bridge the gap between what the College receives in tuition and what is needed to provide the transformational educational experience students receive here. Annual support from loyal alumni, parents, and friends enables the College to preserve its endowment while serving students in many different ways. As a result of gifts to The Swarthmore Fund, we can offer:

  • generous financial aid awards (more than $40,000 per student on average) based on need
  • funding for summer research and internships
  • an 8:1 faculty-to-student ratio
  • mentoring and summer bridge programs designed specifically for first-generation students
  • additional financial support (e.g. books, an annual trip home) for low-income students


Donors are free to designate their Swarthmore Fund gifts to specific initiatives or programs.

The bottom line is this:

Every gift to The Swarthmore Fund helps create an opportunity for a student that he or she would otherwise not have had. The Swarthmore Fund makes an important difference here and now.



What “counts” as a gift to The Swarthmore Fund? All gifts to the College made for today’s purposes—to be used in the current fiscal year—count toward The Swarthmore Fund, as well as toward class and overall participation. Endowed and deferred gifts are not considered part of The Swarthmore Fund, as they are intended for future use.

Can I direct my Swarthmore Fund gift? Yes, you may choose to support a specific area of the College that you are passionate about and your gift will be counted as part of The Swarthmore Fund. Most donors choose not to direct their gifts because they believe in supporting the College’s area of greatest need. These gifts have the effect of transforming students’ lives every day, partly by giving the College the flexibility to fund its mission-driven initiatives, such as increasing financial aid packages on a moment’s notice.

How can I make my gift? Please visit, call 1-800-525-8622, or mail a check to: The Swarthmore Fund, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

How can I find out more about The Swarthmore Fund? Please email Lisa Shafer, director, at or call 610-328-8009.