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Hamilton College, the Village of Clinton, and the Town of Kirkland share a 230-year history. The community was settled by Revolutionary War veterans in 1787. Six years later, the Hamilton-Oneida Academy was established by Rev. Samuel Kirkland, missionary to the Oneida Indians, with support from George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and 78 local residents who pledged land, cash, materials, and labor for the project. In 1812, the academy became Hamilton College, the third oldest college chartered in New York State.

The College, the Village, and the Town are mutually dependent, with each reinforcing the successes of the others. Hamilton invests in the vitality of the community through direct contributions, voluntary support, and the economic impact of its students, employees, contractors, and visitors.

The Hamilton College Town-Gown Fund

Established in 2001 by two local residents, the endowed fund perpetuates the College’s ongoing support for the local community by making grants to local nonprofits and public service agencies.

Municipal Contributions Agreement (MCA)

The MCA regularizes contributions from Hamilton to the Village, Town, County, and Clinton School District to provide budget stability and predictability for all parties.

Hamilton’s Economic Impact

Hamilton’s economic impact is estimated biennially by the Center for Government Research in Rochester for the New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. 

Student Volunteerism

The Clinton and Hamilton communities each benefit from the volunteer activity of students applying what they’ve learned in the classroom while simultaneously preparing to serve their future communities.

Recent News

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The Ties That Bind

Hamilton’s Town-Gown Fund has reached a milestone — $1 million in grants to aid nonprofits and public-service agencies in a town that has been entwined with the College from the very start.

Village of Clinton

Hamilton Town-Gown Fund Announces Grant Recipients

The Hamilton College Town-Gown Fund recently distributed grants totaling $79,450 to seven non-profit and public safety organizations serving the Town of Kirkland and the Village of Clinton.

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Helping Neighbors and Saving the Planet?

What started as an endeavor to reduce unnecessary waste 15 years ago now provides five community organizations with sizable donations at the end of every spring semester.


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Mike Debraggio

Executive Writer and Director of Community Relations

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