In its brief history, Bennington College has had an enormous impact on the intellectual and cultural life of America. In the 1930s, dancers flocked to Bennington to chart the course of modern dance. Visual artists gathered here in the 1950s and 60s to redefine the visual arts canon. In the 1980s and 90s, the College was a mecca for writers eager to push the edges of literature. Today, Bennington is a hub for innovators in every field including those who want to apply their individual talents to addressing global concerns. This fertile spot in southern Vermont has become a point of convergence for those who want to collaborate and create, to make something new, to do what they never—or always—imagined.
Gifts to The Bennington Fund touch every part of the institution. Your support helps fund scholarships for deserving students, support faculty in their research and teaching, and maintain the vibrant spaces on our historic 440-acre campus.
Between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, 2,229 alumni, parents, and friends were inspired to make a gift to Bennington, investing $1,347,689 in The Bennington Fund. We are especially grateful to each donor who responded to the Bobby Deane ’51 Challenge; we had more donors in June, the end of our fiscal year, than in any other June on record. We could not be more grateful for your generosity.
This year, our goal is to inspire 2,500 donors to invest $1.6 million in the College through The Bennington Fund. Individually, your gift signals your belief in Bennington’s enduring values and the power of a Bennington education. Collectively, you have the power to make thrilling opportunities possible for our students. Thank you.