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 Mountain Association member, 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.

PMA donors 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.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of co-education at Williams college, we are proud of the many ways women lead at Williams. Today, women comprise 60% of senior staff positions, more than 50% of the Board of Trustees, including our first woman board chair, Liz Beshel Robinson `90, and 100% of the Williams presidency with Maud S. Mandel at the helm!

However, there is still a gap between men’s and women’s Alumni Fund leadership giving: women comprise 40% of the alumni body, but fewer than 30% of Purple Mountain Association donors. A new, alumnae-led women’s giving initiative aims to close that gap. Read more about WE Lead here and join us to reach representational parity within Alumni Fund leadership giving.

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 single-year commitment of $100,000 offers Eph women the opportunity to join Williams women’s giving society.

◊A four-year commitment at the Mt. Prospect level offers donors the opportunity to sponsor an EphScholar, Ephletics, and the EphLog program

Young Alumni Leadership

In recognition of the critical importance of young alumni leadership giving, these graduated gift levels provide the entry point to the Purple Mountain Association.

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