Leadership Giving and Gift Planning

Leadership Giving works to build and sustain meaningful and fulfilling philanthropic relationships between Amherst College and its alumni, parents and friends.

Philanthropic support—in the form of unrestricted gifts, foundation and corporate grants, and returns on the College’s endowment—accounts for nearly half of the Amherst’s annual budget. These resources are essential to support the College’s ongoing operation and further its educational mission. Development works closely with the offices of the president, treasurer, dean of faculty, dean of admission and others to define institutional priorities and identify specific needs. In turn, the department presents fundraising initiatives as giving opportunities to prospective donors through a variety of channels.

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Give to Amherst

The Give section of the Amherst Web site features online giving, volunteer tools and information for prospective donors about the College’s fundraising priorities and programs.


Department Leadership

Chief Advancement Officer
Megan Morey 

Advancement Operations
Suzanne Newby-Estes

Alumni and Parent Programs and Annual Giving
A. Elizabeth Anema

Alumni Secretary
Betsy Cannon Smith '84, P'15

Career Center Interim Director
Emily Griffen

Grants Office 
Lisa Stoffer 

Leadership Giving
Gretchen Dwyer

Philanthropic Advisor and International Giving
Erika Shelburne