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Mott Challenge Supports Students

Lucretia Mott changed the world through her tireless work as an abolitionist, women’s rights activist, and social reformer.

As one of Swarthmore’s founders, she also changed the College with her philanthropic and vocal support, ensuring that students would have access to an education “equal to that of the best institutions in our country.”

On April 17–18, 2,122 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends honored Mott’s legacy and supported Swarthmore students by participating in the Mott Challenge. Together with the support of several generous challengers—including Peter Fritschel ’84 and Pam Nelson ’84, President Valerie Smith, and Katherine and David Bradley ’75, H’11—the Swarthmore community gave $555,130 in 24 hours.

All gifts counted toward the Changing Lives, Changing the World campaign, bringing the total raised (at time of publication) to more than $350 million.