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You Are Changing Lives and Changing the World. Thank You.

From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends contributed more than $37.2 million to support Swarthmore.

The majority of those 7,831 donors gave through The Swarthmore Fund, and 67 percent of gifts were $100 or less. The Swarthmore Fund total of $6.37 million—a record for the College—is the equivalent of 93 scholarships covering full billed costs (tuition, room and board, and student activities fee).

In fact, much of the grand total raised will support financial aid, but donors also directed their gifts to other priorities of the Changing Lives, Changing the World campaign, and that generosity is already having a positive impact:

• Phase 1 construction of Maxine Frank Singer ’52 Hall neared completion. Eighteen members of the Board of Managers gave a combined $160,000 to name the Psychology Department seminar room for Carol Friedman Gilligan ’58, H’85 and the Biology Department “front porch” for Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology Amy Cheng Vollmer.

They hope their contribution will inspire others to follow their lead in recognizing Swarthmore women in science.

• A new tenure-track faculty position was approved for a specialist in Black Studies with a concentration in African American and African- diasporic music, especially jazz. The faculty member, to begin teaching in fall 2020, will offer interdisciplinary music courses, expand the reach of the Music Program, and help cultivate interest in Black Studies.

An Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant will seed this position, but permanent funding is still needed from donors.

• Design work has begun on the Sharples Dining and Community Commons project, which will transform the space into a student center with larger, modernized dining facilities that support Swarthmore’s commitment to sustainability. A major gift from Campaign Chair Gil Kemp ’72 and Barbara Guss has provided funding for the initial stages of this project. “I hope our gift will inspire others to give back in whatever way you can,” Kemp said.

We hope so, too.

Change lives and change the world with a current, endowed, or deferred gift before the campaign ends on June 30, 2020.