Leadership Giving

Three out of every four dollars raised for the Alumni Fund come from a relatively small group of alumni who make leadership gifts of $2,500 to $250,000 each year. These donors form the Purple Mountain Association, named for the majestic peaks that surround the Williams campus. This name symbolizes the living endowment created by these gifts. As a Purple Mountaineer, you support the transformational experiences — tutorials, the Williams-Exeter Programme, summer research with professors, music, theater, athletics — that make Williams the gold standard for undergraduate liberal arts education.

Purple Mountaineers are loyal and generous alumni, parents, and friends of the college whose leadership giving and deep commitment to Williams set an example, inspire others, and make a significant impact on the college.

Courtesies extended to Purple Mountain Association donors

  • Opportunities to deepen connections with Williams through increased contact with faculty, students, administrators, and alumni.
  • Invitations to annual leadership dinner with the president and special regional events.
  • Mountaineers at the Mt. Hope level and above receive a unique piece of Williams memorabilia.
Giving Levels: Purple Mountain Association
Mt. Greylock $ 250,000
Mt. Williams $ 100,000
The Dome $ 50,000
Mt. Prospect* $ 25,000
Pine Cobble $ 10,000
Stone Hill $ 5,000
Mt. Hope $ 2,500

*A four-year commitment at the Mt. Prospect level offers donors the opportunity to sponsor an EphScholar.

Chapin Steps

In recognition of the critical importance of young alumni leadership giving, the Chapin Steps provide the entry point to the Purple Mountain Association.

Chapin Steps: Leadership Thresholds for Young Alumni
0-4 years out $ 500
5-9 years out $ 1,000
10+ years out $ 2,500