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The Annual Fund supports every aspect of the College--students, academic programs, faculty, facilities and more. Gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted, providing direct and immediate support in the year they are given.


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. The success of the Annual Fund would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of alumni Class Agents and Associate Agents, who write, phone and e-mail their classmates each year, soliciting gifts for the Fund.

  • 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.