Prof. Austin Sarat meeting with students

What Makes Amherst Distinctive?

This year marks my 41st as a member of the Amherst faculty. I could not have imagined when I arrived in 1974 that the College would be as interwoven into the fabric of my life as it has become.

What Do Annual Fund Gifts Support?

The Annual Fund supports every aspect of the College--students, academic programs, faculty, facilities and more. Gifts to the Annual Fund have an immediate impact and provide critical, current-use support for the College.

The Annual Fund


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 more than 11,000 alumni and parents contributing.

  • Every gift has a multiplier effect.  Each contribution to the Annual Fund is the equivalent of an endowment more than 20 times that amount.
  • Every annual fund gift supports the College’s reputation.  Corporations, foundations, and families all use alumni fund participation rates to judge the College’s strength.

By showing through your annual gift that Amherst matters to you, you make Amherst matter to others.