Office of Student Affairs

Advancement

Megan Morey, Chief Advancement Officer

Smith House, 22 Hitchcock Road 
(413) 542–5900

Advancement encompasses Alumni and Parent Programs (APP), Development (Annual Fund, Leadership Giving and Principal Giving), Foundation and Corporate RelationsAdvancement Operations, Advancement Communications, and the Career Center. We work to advance the Amherst College mission, help to raise awareness of the College and its goals, and encourage generosity in Amherst’s external constituencies. We accomplish this by nurturing long-term and mutually-enriching relationships with and among constituents, including alumni, families and friends.

On June 30, 2013 the College completed Lives of Consequence: A Campaign for Amherst. This $502 million comprehensive campaign increased financial aid, broadened access for students, supported the faculty through endowed professorships and research and teaching support, which help foster modern and interdisciplinary approaches in the classroom. Lives of Consequence has allowed the College to upgrade existing facilities and build new ones, strengthening the connection between living and learning.

The Annual Fund is a critical component of Amherst's ongoing fundraising efforts. The Annual Fund contributes roughly 7% to Amherst’s operating budget each year. The money raised is used to support annual expenses such as faculty salaries, financial aid, residential life and a modern campus. Last year, the Annual Fund raised nearly $10.1 million, with 53.2% of all alumni and 34% of parents contributing.

Launched with the Lives of Consequence campaign, Alumni and Parent Programs is spearheading Amherst Connects, a program to connect alumni to each other, students and to the College.  Amherst fosters alumni relationships, creating more and better opportunities for student research, internships, and service.  We also coordinate major on-campus events including Reunion, Family Weekend and Homecoming, as well as numerous smaller events throughout the year. APP also supports the off-campus events of close to fifty regional associations, all alumni classes and a variety of affinity groups.

Where can you find us?

Advancement is housed across three buildings: College Hall, Pontypool (22 Snell Street), and Smith House (22 Hitchcock Road).