Is it our beautiful campus nestled on the shores of Seneca Lake? Our commitment to an interdisciplinary curriculum that leads to a lifetime of intellectual agility? Is it our remarkable alums whose accomplishments astound?
Can it be found on the athletic fields? That feeling in the pit of your stomach before the big game? Cheering on your favorite team?
Is it our dedicated staff? Or our gifted faculty scholars who pour their hearts into the classroom? The remarkable abroad programs? Is it our commitment to service?
Why do we come back, year after year, decade after decade, to revisit the past and forge a new future…
The economy has forced many families to cut back on charitable giving. But, despite the times, many Hobart and William Smith community members continue to make the Colleges a philanthropic priority. Here's why:
"I make a gift every year to William Smith because I feel like I grew up there. It was a very powerful experience. To this day I believe that I am the person I am because of my time on campus. At William Smith, I learned that if you give to the community that you live in, you'll reap so much more than you put in, and that's been paramount in the way my life has unfolded since." - Carol Scalea DeMoulin '81, senior vice president for fund development and marketing, Catholic Family Center (Rochester, NY)
"Giving to the Colleges is my way of thanking all those who helped me during the years I spent at William Smith. Now that I can, I want to continue the tradition of giving by being a benefactor myself. HWS gave me an opportunity to surprise myself; I was encouraged to build goals that exceeded my expectations and I achieved them. I would love to help other students to do the same." - Georgia Jones '04, copy editor, Standard & Poors (New York, NY)
"I increased my level of giving in 2007, the year my class held its 40th Reunion. I still appreciate, value and think about my time at William Smith almost every day, so there is no good reason to stop giving. In fact, the economic downturn is a good reason to continue giving. I understand that others may not be able to contribute now, so more than ever I want to help keep William Smith great." ?Sally Howe '67, research associate, Office of the Director, National Library of Medicine (Washington, D.C.)
"When I became the Director of Athletics at Babson College, the importance of giving back became even more relevant to me. Now, I am more aware of how every gift can have an impact and how much athletics programs mean to every single student-athlete. It's not about love of the game; it's about what students learn through sports - leadership, confidence, strength. Our gifts are critical, now more than ever." - Josh MacArthur '92, director of athletics, Babson College (Wellesley Hills, MA)
"My gift this year has a lot to do with the quality of the time I spent on campus. I transferred into HWS after a year and a half at another school, and I can only begin to tell you how much happier I was at Hobart. My gift might be used to mow the Quad once or replace some light bulbs, but I know there are a million other little things that have to be done to keep the Colleges running. Every little bit helps, and I?m proud to do my part." - Mitch Webster '99, operations officer, Fiduciary Trust Co. (Boston, Mass)
"I attended Hobart and William Smith on a full tuition scholarship, and I deeply appreciate the education I received, from fantastic teachers like the legendary Katy Cook to the Western Civilization course. I feel some obligation to pay that back of course, but I also have a continuing affection for the place. I understand that an HWS degree is something special." - Bill Robertson '60, pro bono tax preparer for the AARP (Eustis, FL)