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Endowment

Managing $1 billion

As the number of individual endowed funds grew and their value increased, Hamilton established an Investment Office staffed by full-time professionals to manage this increasingly vital and complex resource. Creation of the office, which is overseen by the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees and the vice president for administration and finance, has coincided with accelerated growth in the value of the endowment, which now exceeds $1.3 billion.

In the current 2023 fiscal year, income earned from Hamilton’s endowment will provide nearly $51.1 million (31% of the total budget) to operate the College.

Who Tells Your Story?

Hundreds of alumni have generously endowed funds that support our students, honor our faculty, establish new programs, and enhance the beauty of our campus. In so doing, they have established legacies that enrich Hamilton and honor their affection for the College.

Endowing a Fund

Why establish a new fund at Hamilton, and why do it now?

Many donors establish generous endowments (or add to an existing fund) through their estates and choose to inform the College of their intent so that they can enjoy the pleasure of their philanthropy while they are still living and earn membership in the Joel Bristol Associates.

Who Tells Your Story?

Hundreds of alumni have generously endowed funds that support our students, honor our faculty, establish new programs, and enhance the beauty of our campus. In so doing, they have established legacies that enrich Hamilton and honor their affection for the College.

Endowing a Fund

Why establish a new fund at Hamilton, and why do it now?

Many donors establish generous endowments (or add to an existing fund) through their estates and choose to inform the College of their intent so that they can enjoy the pleasure of their philanthropy while they are still living and earn membership in the Joel Bristol Associates.

Tom and Diane Copeland

Paying Summer Research Forward for Students

“I spent a summer in the chemistry department,” recalled Tom Copeland ’70. “There were three of us, and that was the whole Hamilton summer research program.”

Copeland credits his summer research on the Hill, and the mentorship of Professor Donald Denney, with his acceptance into the Ph.D. program at Brown University. It was there, while completing his degree in physical chemistry, that he met his wife, Diane, who was doing graduate research in chemistry and biochemistry.

Frederic Nichols

A legacy in three acts

Descended from graduates in the classes of 1851 and 1922, Fred Nichols ’60 had an easy choice for college. While at Hamilton, he says, “the two most important influences on my life and career were learning how to write a paragraph and to speak in public.”

Reflecting on his own education, and as a career university professor himself, he realized his college experience was becoming unaffordable for most families. In support of Hamilton’s need-blind promise, he resolved to establish the Lorrel B. Nichols (in honor of his father) and Frederic H. Nichols Scholarship.

Kirkland Green Unveiling at Reunions '22

Kirkland Legacies

At Reunions ’22, Kirkland’s charter class dedicated its 50th class gift, the Kirkland Green, an outdoor amphitheater located near List Center and the McEwen Courtyard. Gift Chair Sara R. Wilson K’72 encouraged her classmates to contribute to the project by offering to match their gifts dollar-for-dollar -- up to $50k -- ultimately ensuring the Kirkland Green would come to fruition.

Phyllis Breland and Marty Sweeney

The SEAS Fund: Teaching Students to Fish

When Trustee Phyllis Breland ’80 was Hamilton’s Director of Opportunity Programs, one of her favorite meetings was for the Student Emergency Aid Society (SEAS), a campus committee that evaluates and supports emergency or exceptional one-time needs for students with extraordinary financial barriers.

Joel Johnson '65

Creating the Environment for Environmental Research

When Hamilton made significant investments in environmentally focused science offerings nearly two decades ago, Trustee Joel Johnson ’65, P’93 and his family wanted to ensure the brightest minds found among science faculty were at the forefront of environmental research. That’s when they established — what was at that time — the largest endowed professorship in the College’s history.

I’m most proud that there’s a continued effort to keep the campus beautiful.

Tom Succop ’58 Recipient of the Bell Ringer Award Thomas Succop '58

The Art of Giving

In its first 10 years, the Wellin Museum of Art has become a model teaching museum bringing artists to campus to interact with classes, deliver lectures, engage with students by creating new works, and create scholarly publications. Johnson-Pote Director Tracy Adler and her staff work with artists years in advance of their exhibitions and support their unique projects. Donors make these opportunities possible.

Supporting Career Exploration

Internships

Hamilton offers numerous options for internships that provide important ways to explore careers.

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Olivia Davis ’23

“The company brings in people from so many different industries and backgrounds, and it’s really amazing because they want us to develop not only as workers, but as people too.”

Surya Gowda ’23

Surya Gowda ’23

Surya Gowda ’23 didn’t know what she was committing to when she accepted the Jeffrey H. Long ’05 Internship Award to support her internship at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Surya said, “I’m getting out of my comfort zone, and I’m doing something that I never expected to do.”

Because Hamilton

Campaign Overview

Nearly 30,000 alumni, parents, and friends have made at least one gift to the Because Hamilton campaign, including almost 80 percent of all alumni. Because Hamilton has raised $364 million (91 percent) toward its goal of $400 million by June 30, 2023, with almost half (49 percent) of the gifts added to the endowment for College and donor priorities.

Because Hamiltonians

Go ahead. Fill in the blank. There’s no shortage of possibilities Because Hamiltonians make an impact in their professions and communities throughout the world.

Alumni Stories

Big effects. Changed lives. Real stories. All Because Hamilton.

Hamilton prepares students to lead lives of meaning, purpose, and active citizenship. The world needs what Hamilton graduates have to offer.

Because Hamiltonians

Go ahead. Fill in the blank. There’s no shortage of possibilities Because Hamiltonians make an impact in their professions and communities throughout the world.

Alumni Stories

Big effects. Changed lives. Real stories. All Because Hamilton.

Hamilton prepares students to lead lives of meaning, purpose, and active citizenship. The world needs what Hamilton graduates have to offer.

Rick Meyer

Because Hamiltonians Make Communities Better: Rick Meyers ’93

Behind every news story about violence are people developing innovative ways to combat the issue. Rick Meyers ’93 is one of them.

Kena Gilmour ’20

Because Hamiltonians Advocate: Kena Bihi Gilmour ’20

Working as a social change activist is a slam dunk for Kena Bihi Gilmour ’20, the former Hamilton basketball standout and recipient of the prestigious Soper Merrill Prize, along with other honors during his years on the Hill.

Claudia Morse ’19

Because Hamiltonians Shoot for the Stars: Claudia Morse ’19

She came in for a bit of friendly ribbing from co-workers when Business Insider named her one of “2021’s rising stars of the electric vehicle industry,” but that was OK. “It was really exciting, despite the teasing,” said Claudia Morse ’19.

Contact

Office / Department Name

Advancement

Contact Name

Lori Dennison

Vice President, Advancement

Office Location
Anderson-Connell Alumni Center

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