How to Give

  • Online: Make a Gift
  • By Phone: 610-957-6132 or (toll-free) 800-525-8622
  • By Mail: Please make checks payable to Swarthmore College
    • Swarthmore College Advancement
    • Att: Gift Records
    • 500 College Avenue
    • Swarthmore, PA 19081

Crowdfunding

Introducing a new way to directly support students who will change the world. Make a gift from April 18 through June 4 to provide transformative experiences for three Swarthmore students by supporting one of the following programs: Swarthmore Summer Scholars; President's Sustainability Research Fellowship; and Summer Experiential Fellowship Program. Visit swarthmore.edu/crowdfunding to learn more about these three programs.

Monthly

Setting up monthly giving is an easy, sustainable, and budget-friendly way to support Swarthmore students. Visit lifechanging.swarthmore.edu/sustainers to get started.

Matching Gift 

Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees.

Wire Transfers (Domestic or Foreign)

The College accepts wire transfers in dollars or foreign currency. Please contact Ruth Krakower at 610-328-8407 for instructions.

Gifts of Stocks or Other Assets

The College accepts appreciated securities including stock, bonds, and mutual funds. View stock transfer instructions [PDF].

Payroll Deduction

Swarthmore College employees may automate contributions via payroll deduction. Please contact Ruth Krakower at 610-328-8407 to get started [PDF].

The Swarthmore Fund

Your Swarthmore Fund gift honors the challenging, rigorous, and transformative education that shaped you or your child, and empowers you to pass that opportunity on to someone else.

The Swarthmore Fund sustains every aspect of the Swarthmore experience and provides the elements that make Swarthmore an extraordinary place to live, learn, and grow, such as:

  • • loan-free financial aid
  • • collaborative research with professors
  • • hundreds of arts and athletics activities
  • • social justice initiatives  

Your gift to The Swarthmore Fund supports the areas of greatest need (unrestricted), or it can be designated to support a specific initiative. All gifts to The Swarthmore Fund are fossil-fuel free and count toward the Changing Lives, Changing the World campaign.

Special Occasion Gifts

Reunion Gifts

Celebrate and commemorate your reunion by giving to The Swarthmore Fund and attending Alumni Weekend.

Tribute or Memorial Gifts

All gifts to Swarthmore College can be made in honor or in memory of a friend, professor, classmate, or family member.

Commencement Gifts

Recognize your student’s transformative Swarthmore experience by making a gift in their honor before commencement.

Senior Class Gifts

Celebrate and commemorate the culmination of your Swarthmore experience by helping ensure future Swatties have exceptional opportunities.

Recognizing The Swarthmore Fund Donors

Asterisk Society

The Asterisk Society is Swarthmore's philanthopic participation society, which recognizes and thanks loyal alumni who make a gift of any size to support Swarthmore students year in and year out. Members of the Asterisk Society include donors for the past three consecutive years or more, young alumni who have given each year since graduation, and new alumni who gave to their senior class gift last year.

The 1864 Society

The 1864 Society honors the year of Swarthmore’s founding and celebrates those who make leadership gifts of $1,864 or more. Young alumni are invited to join with a gift of as little as $100.

Sustainers Circle

The Sustainers Circle recognizes and honors those who are currently making a monthly gift supporting Swarthmore students.

Endowed Gifts

With an endowed fund, you can make a perpetual impact on the College in a way that aligns with your greatest passions and interests at Swarthmore. Our most common endowed funds are designated for financial aid and for faculty teaching, scholarship, and research. Endowed funds also support the College’s general operations, building maintenance, co-curricular programs, and more.

Our advancement staff will work with you to create an endowed fund that best meets your philanthropic goals for Swarthmore, that is named by you, and invested in the College’s endowment or Fossil Fuel-Free Fund. To begin a conversation about endowment giving, contact Michael Gillum, Senior Director of Individual Giving, at mgillum1@swarthmore.edu or 610-328-8334.

Scholarships

All students who demonstrate financial need are offered scholarship aid, about 50% of which comes from endowed funds. Financial need is a requirement for all scholarships (except the McCabe Scholarships) but an additional preference may, upon approval by the College, be included in the fund’s purpose. Actual examples include preference given to:

  • • a student with a demonstrated interest in the humanities.
  • • students who have plans to or are currently studying in Africa.
  • • students from New Jersey majoring in economics or mathematics.

View the full list of endowed scholarships.

Professorships

Endowed chairs honor our faculty and help to enhance the curriculum; they also honor donors and their families. As with scholarships, preferences may be cited in the fund’s purpose. Some professorship citations include:

  • • The Howard A. Schneiderman '48 Professorship in Biology was established by his wife, Audrey M. Schneiderman, to be awarded to a professor in the Biology Department.
  • • The Daniel Underhill Professorship of Music was established in 1976 by a bequest from Bertha Underhill to honor her husband, Class of 1894 and a member of the Board of Managers.

View the full list of endowed professorships.

Recognizing Endowment Donors

The James A. Michener Legacy Circle

The James A. Michener Legacy Circle honors those who have helped build the future of the College through a qualifying gift to an endowed fund or by including Swarthmore in their estate plans, such as a gift by will, trust, or life income gift.

The 1864 Society

The 1864 Society honors the year of Swarthmore’s founding and celebrates those who make leadership gifts of $1,864 or more for any purpose in a single year.

Wills & Other Planned Gifts

Include Swarthmore in your estate or planned gifts and leave a lasting legacy for future Swarthmore students while accomplishing your goals. Learn more about planned giving.

Recognizing Planned Gift Donors

The James A. Michener Legacy Circle

The James A. Michener Legacy Circle honors those who have helped build the future of the College through a qualifying gift to an endowed fund or by including Swarthmore in their estate plans, such as a gift by will, trust, or life income gift.

Volunteer

Alumni

Whether connecting with classmates in anticipation of reunion, planning regional Connections events, or supporting programs that enhance the student experience, our alumni volunteers make meaningful and lasting contributions. Learn more about volunteer opportunities for alumni.

Parents

Parents are in a unique position to offer support to current students and strengthen Swarthmore’s mission. Learn more about volunteer opportunities for parents, including hosting an extern or joining Parents Council.

Students

Students can support Swarthmore through paid and volunteer positions within the Division of College Advancement. Get to know alumni during Alumni Weekend, join the Phonathon program, or share the joy of giving back as a member of the Student Philanthropy Council. Contact Nick Forrest '08 to learn more and get involved.