The Development office 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.
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.