Because Hamilton Did It! Historic Campaign Reaches $400 Million Goal
The priorities for Because Hamilton, which include financial aid, learning and living, digital leadership, career exploration, the humanities, and the Hamilton Fund, have further strengthened and differentiated a Hamilton education, and increased access for talented and deserving students regardless of their financial circumstances. The priorities were selected following a year-long institutional strategic planning process that sought input from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The campaign, which launched in 2018, has set impressive giving records at nearly every level, illustrating the Hamilton community’s overwhelming endorsement of the College’s transformative liberal arts education and strategic vision for its future. The $400 million goal was more than double any previous fundraising campaign.
“The quality of the facilities, the depth of the programs, and, most importantly, the ability to attract talented people to live, work, and study on College Hill are all possible because of the financial support we receive from loyal donors dedicated to making Hamilton one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country,” said President David Wippman.
The campaign’s success is thanks to the more than 29,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, trustees, and friends of the College who have contributed, the more than 177,000 individual campaign gifts that have been tallied, and an impressive 80% alumni participation rate. The College received its largest gifts ever during Because Hamilton, yet gifts of $100 or less have accounted for more than 75% of total gifts made as of early May.
“The success of this campaign is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our community to sustain Hamilton for future generations.”
“Hamiltonians always come through — even during times of uncertainty — and the Because Hamilton campaign proved no different,” said Vice President for Advancement Lori Dennison ’87. “One thing that is constant is our community’s faith and support of Hamilton.”
Trustee Jeff Little ’71 and Board Chair David Solomon ’84 have served as campaign co-chairs for Because Hamilton. Little, who has been at the helm during the College’s last four campaigns, has been pivotal in helping Hamilton raise more than $830 million, the largest percentage of which has been for student scholarship aid.
“Our goal to make a Hamilton education even more accessible and relevant is becoming a reality thanks to the amount raised and the support of so many,” Little said. “The success of this campaign is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our community to sustain Hamilton for future generations.”
Solomon said, “The Because Hamilton campaign has been a critical investment in all Hamilton students to ensure they are equipped to pursue opportunities, navigate challenges, and contribute meaningfully to our local and global communities.”
Hamiltonians can still be part of this historic moment by making a gift before the campaign concludes on June 30. The full impact of the Because Hamilton campaign will be shared and celebrated in the coming months, culminating with December’s annual 1812 Leadership Circle Weekend in New York City.
Learn more about the campaign’s six priorities and how you can make a difference.
- Increased access and opportunity for the best and brightest students through exceeding the campaign’s $120 million financial aid goal
- Established more than 100 new scholarships thanks to the MacLennan Scholarship Match
Learning and Living
- Expert Faculty: Funded six new endowed professorships
- Wellness: Enhanced resources through the new Johnson Center for Health and Wellness, additional positions, and innovative programming
- Experiential Learning: Added opportunities for students to pursue original research, internships, and civic and community involvement
- Common Ground: Expanded the widely acclaimed program, which fosters greater discussion around challenging issues
- ALEX (Advise, Learn, EXperience): Launched a coordinated network of on-campus academic centers, resources, and advisors that work together to ensure students’ academic success and personal growth
Provided more meaningful and marketable career-related experiences through $11.1 million in gifts
Welcomed new faculty and technologists and created spaces that foster an environment of innovation and technology-enhanced learning to ensure students can use digital media to effectively communicate and collaborate
Renovated Root Hall (expected to be completed in Fall 2023) and List Center to provide spaces for students to study and collaborate with their professors and each other
Ensured that the everyday educational needs of students and faculty are met by raising more than $35 million for the annual fund.
Facilities: New & Renovated
Increased funding enables the College to make its historic campus and buildings more sustainable and accessible.
Hamilton Launches $400 Million Capital Campaign
Hamilton College formally launched Because Hamilton, a campaign to raise $400 million for six institutional priorities, during the College’s 21st Annual 1812 Leadership Circle Weekend in New York City.
Wellin Estate Largest Single Gift in Hamilton History
A $22 million estate gift from Keith Wellin ’50 is the single largest gift in Hamilton’s history. The bulk of the funds will support student scholarships.