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A Bold Move

Trustees commit to giving $2 million to The Simmons Fund.

Members of Simmons’ board of trustees this year have challenged themselves to substantially increase their personal philanthropic support for The Simmons Fund, a vital source of unrestricted funding for the university. Trustees have so far committed themselves to giving $2 million.

“We are making this groundbreaking investment because we recognize that this is one of the most important years in Simmons’ history,” said Trustee Barbara Cohen ’68, chair of the board’s Advancement Committee, which spearheaded The Simmons Fund initiative.

Marianne Lord, vice president of Advancement, echoes Cohen’s conviction that Simmons needs expanded, unrestricted philanthropic support to take full advantage of new opportunities created by initiatives already reshaping the university.

“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,” said Lord. “And we’re gearing up to launch four new colleges in the fall, including the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities. None of this would be possible without donors who believe in what we’re doing. It’s truly transformational.”

“We are making this groundbreaking investment because we recognize that this is one of the most important years in Simmons’ history.” —Trustee Barbara Cohen ’68, chair of the board’s Advancement Committee

Looking ahead, the board is eyeing opportunities for physical plant enhancements including a new science center. Access to a steady flow of generous, unrestricted philanthropy through The Simmons Fund makes it possible to act quickly when the circumstances are right.

In her outreach to other trustees, Cohen reminded them that, by stepping up to The Simmons Fund plate generously themselves, they would “provide an example and a challenge to others to join us in investing in Simmons’ future.”