Fundraising Priorities

The Annual Fund: Creating the Middlebury Experience

Gifts to the Annual Fund and Parents' Fund support every aspect of the Middlebury experience, providing opportunities for learning and discovery and giving the College the flexibility to take advantage of emerging opportunities and to respond to unanticipated needs and challenges. Because Annual Fund gifts are directed where the need is greatest and can be spent as they come in, they make an immediate difference in the lives of students and faculty. Annual Fund gifts also provide Middlebury's new president, Laurie L. Patton, with resources she can use to plan for the future and to ensure thatMiddlebury remains an inclusive and intellectually dynamic community.

Financial Aid: Changing Lives, Changing the World

The impact of a gift for financial aid begins with individuals and ripples outward through the entire Middlebury community and the communities our students will help to shape. There may be no deeper expression of our values than our commitment to admit the most qualified students without regard to their ability to pay. No other investment pays greater dividends that supporting talented young men and women with the ability and motivation to make a positive difference wherever they go.

Financial aid is also a key priority for the graduate programs. Aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and scholastic achievement. Our goal is to increase the financial aid available to students, including mid-career professionals, who wish to enroll in these programs but cannot afford the full cost.

Applying the Liberal Arts

Middlebury students must be prepared to engage the world by testing and applying what they are learning in the classroom to real-word problems. They need opportunities to experiment and take intellectual risks, overcoming fear of failure, and to develop knowledge and skills that will serve them well in the global economy. These opportunities can be found through internships, volunteer activities, independent and collaborative projects, and undergraduate research.

Gifts create such opportunities and support centers dedicated to this goal, including the Programs on Creativity and Innovation, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Middlebury FoodWorks, the Center for Careers and Internships, and the Undergraduate Research Office.

Faculty and Academic Program Support

Personalized teaching and mentoring are at the heart of a Middlebury education in the undergraduate college, the Language Schools, Middlebury-C.V. Starr Schools Abroad, Bread Loaf School of English, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Gifts help to ensure small classes, excellent advising, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration. Such gifts enable Middlebury to recruit and retain top scholars and practitioners in all programs and to support research
and curriculum development, so that programs remain responsive to evolving fields of study.