Teach It Forward: Impact

As two of the head agents for the class of 2016, Nick Brownrigg and Jace Forbes-Cockell had a brainstorm one night.  They realized their classmates, grateful for what Williams had given them but short on financial resources, were interested in finding a way to support the college with their time.

Jace and Nick knew their friends volunteered for a variety of causes and organizations that made a difference in their communities. They approached the Alumni Fund about finding a way to honor that spirit and help that generosity go further while supporting Williams.

From that eureka moment, Teach It Forward: Impact was born. This special service-focused campaign multiplied alumni gifts to Williams by their volunteer hours over a two-week period. After two years of overwhelming response (2170 volunteer hours in 2017 and 4,019 in 2018), we are excited to mount this challenge once again in 2019. Keep your eyes open for more details on TIF: Impact and how you can participate in January.

Williams students spent their March 2016 spring break volunteering in the Berkshires, including a day building at 5-7 Hall Place in North Adams.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Volunteeranywhere — and log your hours online during the 10-day challenge period.
  2. Make a gift to Williams. Any size.
  3. Multiply your gift by your number of volunteer hours, thanks to our generous challenge donors including Anne Melvin ’85, Jessica ’97 & Gavin ’97 McLear, and Sanae Ishikawa & Richard Georgi ’87,

The more you volunteer, the greater your gift to Williams.

Thanks for all you do for Williams and for the world.


More details:

The challenge will run from Friday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan 28, 2019.

Gifts made anytime between July 1, 2018 and January 28, 2019, count. Volunteer service must be performed and logged during the 10-day challenge period.

The first $100 of any gift is matched.

Sample volunteer log form: