Welcome to Bennington College's online donor roll. This is an opportunity to honor the alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, volunteers, friends, and organizations who showed their support during Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 — June 30, 2021), either by making donations to the College or by volunteering their time at Bennington.
When I came to Bennington in May to lead the fundraising team, I was deeply impressed by the generosity of the Bennington College community and excited by the possibilities that this level of giving can offer the students. I feel fortunate to be part of this team and to share that in Fiscal Year 2021, the College raised $26 million in new gifts and pledges from over 2,800 donors. Their generosity helped the Bennington community meet the challenges of this uncertain time, and their support has been extremely beneficial to our students.
These gifts enriched the lives of students in many ways, introducing and expanding a multitude of opportunities for academic and social growth and bringing teacher-practitioners to the College who are among the most respected in their fields. Donor support assisted in renovations and maintenance of Bennington’s iconic campus, restoration of the Barn, and classroom technology and equipment upgrades. Gifts funded scholarships that make Bennington more accessible to students who otherwise couldn’t attend, thereby achieving our goal of a more socially and economically diverse campus. Increased support for Field Work Term gives students greater options in pursuing internships that comport with their chosen areas of study, allowing them to put what they have learned in the classroom to work in real-world environments.
Several ongoing donor and foundation-supported initiatives give students a one-of-a-kind educational experience outside the classroom and a chance to become part of something bigger than themselves. Public Action Fellowships allow students to engage in the public sphere where they can become agents of social change, the Museum Fellows Term puts visual arts students to work in influential art museums and institutions in New York City, Environmental Action Fellowships places students with influential environmental organizations striving to make a better world, and Fellowships in Theatre give students the opportunity to be immersed in New York Off-Broadway theater.
Since its founding in 1932, Bennington’s approach to self-directed, experiential learning has encouraged students to fearlessly explore their interests and empowered them to become agents of social change in their communities. Your advocacy and your philanthropy allows us to continue this work, and we are immensely grateful. On behalf of all of us at Bennington, thank you!
If you have any questions or comments about this donor roll or about philanthropy at Bennington, please don't hesitate to contact our Office of Institutional Advancement.
Claudia E. Keenan
Senior Vice President for Advancement and Communications