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Gifts in Action

Mitchell is relevant.


Great potential needs support.


Mitchell transforms lives.

These are just three reasons why gifts to Mitchell are an exciting way to make a big impact. Gifts fuel our mission of pursuing excellence and providing an education that helps students reach their potential. Whether you choose to support our Mitchell College Annual Fund or establish an endowed scholarship or professorship, your contribution makes the Mitchell experience possible.

Donors give to Mitchell for many reasons and in many ways. We hope that your life is touched when you witness what your financial and volunteer contributions can do for Mitchell.

Mitchell College Annual Fund

Your unrestricted support of The Mitchell College Annual Fund supports the College so opportunities continue to be found and challenges continue to be met. 

Critical needs of our students and faculty are met through gifts to the Mitchell College Annual Fund. These gifts are distributed to the areas of greatest need during the current fiscal year.

Typically, about 87 percent of your unrestricted gift will go to scholarship aid. The remainder will support current-use needs around campus. These include everything from facility enhancements to emergency student loan funds.

Mitchell takes great pride in committing a significant portion of our operating budget to scholarship annually, with approximately $500,000 designated to student aid and an average need-based Mitchell grant of $19,000 per year for qualifying students.

Despite these efforts, the aid packages of many students remain dependent upon additional self-financing. It is not uncommon for a graduating senior to have accumulated $17,000 or more in student loans during his or her years at Mitchell.

Annual Fund gifts allow the College to make the most of opportunities that arise throughout the year - the chance to send a student to present research at a conference or to bring a cultural event to campus for a co-curricular experience.

Please contact the Advancement staff at or (860) 701-5092 for information about making a gift to The Mitchell College Annual Fund.



Since the 1940’s, when the first endowed scholarships at Mitchell were created, the College has been able to offer financial assistance to students on both a need and merit basis. Today, approximately three-fourths of Mitchell students receive some form of grant or scholarship from the College.

Your scholarship gift makes a Mitchell education a reality for our students. Whether you give directly to current students through The Mitchell Annual Fund or work with our Leadership Gift Officer to establish an endowed fund in perpetuity, you join a long tradition of student support.

To maintain our financial aid packages and to lessen the self-financed burden, Mitchell is committed to raising endowed scholarship funds for current and future students. We hope you'll join in creating a legacy that future students can count on.


Mitchell’s tradition of preparing students for meaningful and successful lives through a solid grounding in academic studies rests squarely on the shoulders of the faculty. Our exceptional faculty propels the intellectual life of the campus, recognizes that students learn in a variety of ways and styles, and works holistically within the classroom to provide an unparalleled education experience.

Endowed professorships are the cornerstone of the effort to sustain the expertise of our faculty and to recognize their impact on the lives of our students. We see professorships as a way to invest in this most special part - and heart - of the College for years to come.

A strong endowment is the financial backbone of any institution of higher education. This is particularly true at Mitchell, where the endowment provides a predictable and stable stream of income to the operating budget each year.

The Mitchell College endowment is a collection of over 1300 separate funds established to provide scholarships; purchase and maintain library, art and other collections; support professorships and research efforts; and other activities, including maintenance of facilities and support for specific programs. Endowed gifts are made with the knowledge that the intended impact of the gift will last into the foreseeable future.

A minimum outright gift of $25,000 is generally required to establish a new endowed fund. Funds intended for specific purposes may have higher minimum amounts.  Estate gifts and income-generating gifts can also be designated to the endowment, but may carry additional restrictions. Additional gifts to existing memorial funds can be an appropriate way to honor a family or program.

To learn more about creating an endowed legacy at Mitchell College, please contact Ruth Saunders, Vice President of Engagement, at 860-701-5162 or email