If you walk around campus you will see a long history of philanthropy at work at Hobart and William Smith. Donors can make gifts that are important to them and have their name, or the name of loved ones, put in designated public spaces. Endowed student and faculty funds also bear donors’ names and help to provide a sense of history and continuity. Donors who name endowed funds receive annual reports on the status of their funds and the outcomes for that year.

Naming opportunities at HWS are extensive and include: academic excellence, capital projects, discretionary funds, endowed positions, HWS athletics, scholarships, science and technology, speaker funds and student support funds.

Examples of available naming opportunities:

Circle Courtyard: The courtyard, which is framed by Caird Hall, de Cordova Hall, Emerson Hall and McCormick House, will provide students with an outdoor social gathering area, further enhancing the sense of community on which the Colleges pride themselves. Gift Amount: $350,000

Scholarship Funds: Income from endowed scholarships enables the Colleges to provide a unique liberal arts experience to bright and deserving students who are committed to academic achievement and personal success.  Minimum Endowment: $100,000

Departmental Discretionary Funds: Income from this fund will be drawn annually and used to support academic department, faculty and student needs. The department chair will use this fund. Minimum Endowment: $25,000 per department


If you have any questions about giving to the Colleges, or to give to a special designation, please contact Wendy Barnhart at (315) 781-3725 or


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