Simmons Announces First-Ever Million Dollar Match Madness

February 23, 2018

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The Trustees of Simmons have made the largest-ever commitment to match gifts to The Simmons Fund.

On March 1, the Trustees of Simmons are raising the bar and offering to match donations to the Simmons Fund for up to $1,000,000. The Match Madness Challenge occurs every year and connects generous donors who agree to double the impact of their gifts made in March. In 2017, 765 donors gave over $290,000, which was matched by a generous donor, for a total impact of over $580,000.

This challenge is part of the Trustees’ bold $2,000,000 commitment to The Simmons Fund, an unrestricted fund that supports programs and initiatives across campus. Barbara Cohen ’68, chair of the Trustee Advancement Committee says, “We are making this groundbreaking investment because we recognize that this is one of the most important years in Simmons’ history.”

"Within two weeks this January, we opened the Center for Student Success and the Multicultural Center, which are providing state-of-the-art services to our students. And we’re gearing up to launch four new colleges in the fall, including the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities," said Marianne Lord, Vice President of Advancement. "None of this would be possible without donors who believe in what we’re doing. It’s truly transformational."

To honor these accomplishments and accelerate our progress, the Trustees ask alumnae/i and friends of Simmons to join them by making a gift to The Simmons Fund in March. Trustees promise to match every gift up to 12 times to stretch the impact of each gift as far as possible.

  • Monthly Sustaining Gift: Set up a monthly donation and the Trustees will match the total 12 times. So a gift of $10 a month ($120) will be matched with $1,440!
  • Three-year Commitment: Make a three-year pledge and the Trustees will match it 3 times. A gift of $50 a year will be matched immediately 3 times, for a total of $300.
  • Single Gift: The Trustees will match every gift in March dollar for dollar, doubling the impact! 
Make your gift starting March 1, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for challenge updates.