Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has announced a $5 million pledge aimed at increasing gifts from Dartmouth alumnae.
Announced during the college's first Women's Leadership Summit, the pledge from alumna Denise Dupré ('80), a former Dartmouth trustee, will be realized once a thousand women have made a gift of any size toward renovation of Dartmouth Hall, the iconic centerpiece of the Ivy League school's campus. Alumnae who want to participate in the challenge must make a gift by March 8, International Women's Day, to have it count toward the challenge. To date, more than two hundred women have given gifts totaling $17.7 million in support of the $25 million project. All alumnae who support the project will be acknowledged on a wall of appreciation in the renovated building.
"Just as Dartmouth Hall was built brick by brick, this is an invitation for us all to come together," said Dupré. "I hope this initiative builds community across generations of Dartmouth alumnae, and that our work collectively creates an inspired learning space for today's students."
The Women's Summit Weekend celebrated the growing influence of alumnae in the Dartmouth community. Women represent approximately a third of the Dartmouth alumni population — the college started admitting female undergraduates in 1972 — but account for more than 40 percent of its volunteer leadership. In 2014, three alumnae joined together to create the Centennial Circle of Dartmouth Alumnae, with the goal of recruiting a hundred alumnae to commit at least $100,000 each in support of financial aid. The group recently announced it had reached two hundred and fifty members.
"We have placed Dartmouth at the vanguard of women's philanthropy," said board chair Laurel Richie. "Who benefits from this? Every student who can now enjoy a Dartmouth education through expanded scholarship resources and the knowledge that you care enough to see them through."