The Stewardson Society is Hobart and William Smith’s newest gift recognition program for alums and friends of the Colleges who make recurring donations. Through sustained commitments, alums stay connected to their alma mater and make a lasting impact on the Colleges’ future.
Many recent graduates will remember the Stewardson Society as a senior-class giving program. The initiative has been rebranded, in large part, says Assistant Director of Annual Giving Taylor Perry, because of the input of past senior class giving committees who wanted to make an impact on the Colleges after graduation. Now the Stewardson Society is a true giving program that honors donors who give on a monthly or yearly basis.
“We decided to commit ourselves to a recurring gift to the Colleges because it helped us maintain a sense of connection to a place we love so much,” says Sarah DePillo Richardson ’14 and Justin Richardson ’14. “As time has passed, we continue to want to do what we can to help support and grow the HWS experience for future classes.” The Richardsons say they hope to create opportunities for students to study abroad and to take “incredible” courses with the Colleges’ top-rated faculty.
Denzel Degollado ’19 donates to bolster influential programs at the Colleges, including the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Intercultural Affairs, and the Center for Global Education. He also wants to encourage other young alums to do the same. “I believe that continued support and investment from alums, especially young alums, is needed now more than ever as students and the Colleges navigate this unprecedented and difficult period brought by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he explains.
Stacey Rice ’11 says establishing a recurring gift is a win-win for the Colleges and donors. Not only does it allow her to create a personal budget at the beginning of the year with confidence, she also makes an impact on HWS year round. “I had an amazing experience at HWS and am so thankful for the donors that made it possible. I want to continue to pay it forward and make those same experiences possible for other students,” she says.
Members of the Stewardson Society will receive special outreach from the Colleges and can look forward to early releases about upcoming events and initiatives, as well as impact reports on the accomplishments of the Colleges’ current students and faculty. In addition, HWS will host exclusive events that bring Stewardson Society members together, once safe social gatherings can take place.
As the Stewardson Society becomes an established pillar of the Colleges’ donor relations effort, Perry is overseeing the formation of a leadership committee who will steward participation from members’ classmates.
The Stewardson Society is named after Reverend Langdon Stewardson LL.D. 1913, who served as the Colleges’ president from 1902 – 1912. It was during his presidency that William Smith College for women was started in association with Hobart College, making him the first president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.