Why We Give
"The world does need Skidmore. It's a unique, nurturing, creative environment. You can try anything and feel that you'll be supported. Through that, students find their path in what they want to do and what they can contribute to the world. And I think in that way, the world needs Skidmore and Skidmore gives back to the world.
Heather Hurst ’97, Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Grant in 2004 and a Periclean Alumni Award in 2006
"With my 50th Reunion coming up, I knew I wanted to do something special to honor all that Skidmore means to me and my family. By increasing my giving, I found the perfect way to express my pride in being a part of the Skidmore
community and my confidence in her future."
Judith Murdough Rollinson '56
"We need people to figure out how to solve the problems of the world...it will take people who aren't afraid to try new things and think new ideas. Skidmore is a place that nurtures that kind of thing."
Ruth Mook Kerr '41
"Skidmore is an enclave. It promotes and nurtures, but at the same time, it fosters independent thought. And that combination really allows you to be creative and allows a person to be more than they thought they could be. I guess that one of the quotes that I've always liked is one by Louis Pasteur which says, "Chance favors the prepared mind." And I think that for true discoveries to take place, for people to make progress, they have to have that kind of important preparation.
And Skidmore provides that."
Felicia Axelrod ’62, Carl Seaman Family Professor of Dysautonomia Treatment and Research and Professor of Neurology at NYU Medical Center
"I give to Skidmore because I have great pride in her past and even greater passion for her future."
Sibyl Waterman Haley '71, Chair, National Friends of the Presidents Committee
"I have three reasons why giving to Skidmore is a priority - Professors (Sheldon) Solomon and (John) Brueggemann and Coach (Paul) Arciero. They've each made a lasting impact on my life, and I'm sure every graduate could name the same number - or even more - who've made an equal impact on theirs."
Mike Glickstein '03
"I think that as we get older, we always look back to those things that have molded us into who we are now and I think it's very important for us to support those things. For me, it's Skidmore. I think it's important that I support Skidmore and give somebody else an opportunity to have the same experience that I did."
Gene Freidman ’92
“Skidmore has been a great growth experience for our son, Nick. We’ve been especially pleased with his enthusiasm for his business major and the close relationships he has with, not only the faculty in that outstanding department, but with so many other professionals at Skidmore. We are very grateful.”
Chris and Kevin Madden, Co-chairs of Skidmore’s Parents Council
"My liberal arts education enabled me to have a career which has been as diverse as my education. I started giving in appreciation of the donors who made possible the scholarship support which I received as a student. But I have also come to appreciate that as alumni giving builds an ever stronger college, we all benefit from the increased prestige of our school. I hope you will join me in building a better and stronger Skidmore College by giving at a generous level to the College, keeping in mind that every gift, of every size, makes a vital difference to our College."
Scott Martin '79
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