Amherst College Announces Historic Gifts

November 3, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. – Two graduates of Amherst College have pledged separate gifts of $100 million and $25 million to their alma mater, it was announced Tuesday. The two gifts are the largest in the history of Amherst College, and the $100 million pledge is believed to be the largest unrestricted cash gift ever to a liberal arts college.

Lives of Consequence Surpasses Goal

By Emily Gold Boutilier


Remember October 2008? That was the month after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The stock market seemed to be in free fall, and at least hourly, a news commentator could be heard drawing comparisons to the Great Depression.  

Amherst Serendipity

Lives of Consequence: An Update from Campus

Launched in October 2008, the Lives of Consequence campaign has raised over $406 million of its $425 million goal, thanks to the generosity and hard work of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends—indeed, the entire Amherst community. The following stories reflect the direct and immediate impact of the campaign, sharing the intellectual, personal and professional growth that occurs when members of the Amherst community engage and support each other and the institution.

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Lives of Consequence: An Update from Campus

Coming Full Circle: A Story of Giving Back

Ted Beneski ’78, P’08 (fifth from right), his wife, Laurie (sixth from right), and their families celebrated the dedication of the Beneski Earth Sciences Building and Beneski Museum of Natural History on

A Consequence of Amherst: Lifelong Friendships

As told to Kristen Spargo ’95

Lives of Consequence: Harold Haizlip '57

Lives of Consequence: An Update from Campus

The Lives of Consequence campaign goes to the very heart of the mission of Amherst College: to educate “men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence.”

Lives of Consequence: Eric Glustrom and Boris Bulayev