The Future of Hampshire College is in our hands. We need your support to ensure a fall 2019 class is enrolled, and to protect the future of Hampshire as we know it. 

In President Nelson's shocking January 15th announcement, she explained that the board of trustees would vote in just over two weeks on whether or not to admit a fall 2019 class. The entire faculty and staff, including the deans of the colleges were blindsided. Not a single person has come forward saying they had been engaged or even informed by the administration regarding this announcement. The prospect of not accepting a fall 2019 class threatens the job security of hundreds of dedicated faculty and staff, and would be a rushed decision that prevents democratic engagement from the affected community members. 

More concerning still is the complete inadequacy of the administration fundraising efforts. A number of well resourced donors concerned about Hampshire's future have confirmed with faculty that the office of advancement has not reached out to them. Others who were contacted were not given the full story in order to make an informed decision. This has left key donors in the dark, who may have otherwise been inclined to make major donations had they understood that the admission of this years class, and the very future of Hampshire was on the table. 

In the same announcement, President Nelson asked,

"How do we retain what has made Hampshire so successful for the last five decades while solving for the challenges of 2020 and beyond?"

We, the concerned faculty, staff, alums, and students of Hampshire college know that what has made us so successful is the dedication of the community!  We can't expect to block a fall class, fire hundreds of seasoned staff and faculty, and then reconstitute Hampshire from scratch. Not accepting a class endangers the livelihood of hundreds of staff and faculty who have committed their lives to Hampshire college. The culture created by the people here is irreplaceable, and must be conserved along with the people who make Hampshire the incredible learning laboratory it is!

With your support, we can demonstrate to the board of trustees that our community will support a fall 2019 class, and is committed to protecting the future of Hampshire as we know it. 

Critical inquiries may be addressed to hampshirecrowdfunding@gmail.com


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I support Fund a Fall 2019 Class for Hampshire College because Hampshire is a special place, is unique among institutions of higher learning, and creates empathetic leaders who make the world a better place.”

  • endorsed

    “I owe so much to Hampshire. I want it to continue and thrive and think a Fall 2019 class is key to that.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Fund a Fall 2019 Class and Democratic Future for Hampshire College! Hampshire is a unique treasure and our students, faculty, and staff, in conjunction with the values and vision are its life force. We *must* find creative ways to keep Hampshire alive and admitting a Fall 2019 class is a crucial part of this strategy.”

  • endorsed

    “I made this pledge because it is my hope that Hampshire does admit a class this fall, which I feel would put the College in a better position to meet the challenges ahead.”

  • endorsed

    “As a proud alum, I heartily endorse supporting the future of Hampshire College! It stands apart from most other colleges in its independent and self-directed approach to higher education, which helped me to think and flourish outside the regimented box of my upbringing. Such mind stretching is vital to the future of our society and world, but small, young colleges like Hampshire risk missing large endowments from more traditional funding sources. Please give as much as you can as soon as possible to this worthy college!”

  • endorsed

    “I support a Fall 2019 class because there is no other school like Hampshire, and it has nurtured minds, facilitated innovators, and created movements that have changed the world for the better.”

  • endorsed

    “This decision must not be rashly made! If we must pursue a strategic partnership, let's do so from a position of strength and transparency instead of haste and secrecy!”

  • endorsed

    “Hampshire College trains problem-solvers of the next generation; our world needs problem-solvers more than ever before!”

  • endorsed

    “A Hampshire education is worth its weight because it not only teaches students How to Learn but How to Accomplish.”

  • endorsed

    “Hampshire is a place where young people get to learn about themselves and how to act in the world. How to affect change in meaningful ways. How to lead and to care. In this world where long term meaning is increasingly pushed aside in favor of short term gains, it's vital to keep this thinking-making-caring community alive.”

February 3, 2019

The Board's Vote, and Next Steps

We are incredibly grateful for the demonstrations of solidarity from nearly five hundred members of the extended Hampshire community. Your support has been tremendously encouraging in the midst of this challenging ordeal.

On Friday night, the board of trustees voted not to accept any regular enrollment students for fall 2019 or spring 2020. They did vote to welcome early decision students, and students who had deferred enrollment from the past year, a total of 77 individuals. An admissions letter to these students made it clear that the college can only guarantee their enrollment for the fall 2019 semester. It remains to be seen how many of these 77 will choose to enroll.  

We do not believe the conditions of pledge conversion have been met, and many of our pledgors have expressed their agreement with this analysis. This decision likely means massive layoffs for staff and faculty in the coming months, and an uncertain future for all students, current and future. In order to ensure that none of our supporters feel misled or taken advantage of, we are seeking to have all pledges cancelled. This is the only way to guarantee that no one is made to give a donation against their will. We are currently working with Crowdpac's administrators to see if we can universally cancel pledges or if pledges must be cancelled individually. You will be notified as soon as we have an answer. 

We still need your support! We will soon be reaching out directly to request our backers roll their pledges over to support faculty and staff during this time of transition and financial uncertainty. Because of the fluidity of this situation, a funding platform to facilitate this has not yet been established. Thank you for your patience while we work out these critical details. 

As we collectively determine how to navigate the coming time, we are profoundly heartened to have you with us. Thank you for your commitment to ensuring any transformative changes at Hampshire college are just and democratic, and supporting the wellbeing of our community. Critical communications can be addressed to hampshirecrowdfunding@gmail.com 

February 1, 2019

Thanks for your support! Stay tuned!

The outpouring of support has been incredible today. Stay tuned for updates as we move forward with our community campaign: to fund Hampshire’s future, mission, and values while also preserving the job security of faculty and staff. 

February 1, 2019

The board is listening. Let’s keep the momentum up!

Friends, Alumns, and supporters of Hampshire College.

The board is watching the steady climb of our campaign as they continue to deliberate. Everything is on the line, and everything is up in the air. Now is the time to donate! Let’s break the $200,000 mark

Let’s keep this incredible momentum going, and let’s welcome a class of #F19

February 1, 2019

THANK YOU ADELE SIMMONS! THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Our crowdpac just hit six figures. 

We've received 30 individual donations this morning alone, including $100,000 from former Hampshire college President Adele Simmons! Wow!

The board has been directly notified of our progress, and if they vote to on the class today, is certain to take our crowdpac into account. Let's keep the momentum going! #F19

February 1, 2019

Can we hit $30,000 in thirty minutes?

The support is amazing! In just a few moments, by 11:45 EST at the absolute latest, an advisory will go to the board about the incredible support for an F19 class demonstrated on the crowdpac! Can we hit $30,000 in 30 minutes?

February 1, 2019

63 donations! Almost $30,000! Let's raise the bar before the vote today!

While faculty, staff, student, and alums have been united in their demand to push the vote back to allow for more transparency, deliberation, and fundraising, the vote is still scheduled for today. Let's raise the fundraising bar to put the pressure on, and swing the vote our way! Can we hit $35,000 in the next hour and a half? 

This fundraiser will be sent directly to the board of Trustee's today at 11:30 AM EST, to ensure they know we are willing to put our money on the line for Hampshire's future. Before then, let's hit $35,000!

Please! Share, Tweet, Follow, and Donate! Call your friends directly and ask them to do the same! These next few hours are more critical than ever! #F19 

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I support Fund a Fall 2019 Class for Hampshire College because Hampshire is a special place, is unique among institutions of higher learning, and creates empathetic leaders who make the world a better place.”

  • endorsed

    “I owe so much to Hampshire. I want it to continue and thrive and think a Fall 2019 class is key to that.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I support Fund a Fall 2019 Class and Democratic Future for Hampshire College! Hampshire is a unique treasure and our students, faculty, and staff, in conjunction with the values and vision are its life force. We *must* find creative ways to keep Hampshire alive and admitting a Fall 2019 class is a crucial part of this strategy.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I made this pledge because it is my hope that Hampshire does admit a class this fall, which I feel would put the College in a better position to meet the challenges ahead.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “As a proud alum, I heartily endorse supporting the future of Hampshire College! It stands apart from most other colleges in its independent and self-directed approach to higher education, which helped me to think and flourish outside the regimented box of my upbringing. Such mind stretching is vital to the future of our society and world, but small, young colleges like Hampshire risk missing large endowments from more traditional funding sources. Please give as much as you can as soon as possible to this worthy college!”

  • endorsed

    “I support a Fall 2019 class because there is no other school like Hampshire, and it has nurtured minds, facilitated innovators, and created movements that have changed the world for the better.”

  • endorsed

    “This decision must not be rashly made! If we must pursue a strategic partnership, let's do so from a position of strength and transparency instead of haste and secrecy!”

  • endorsed

    “Hampshire College trains problem-solvers of the next generation; our world needs problem-solvers more than ever before!”

  • endorsed

    “A Hampshire education is worth its weight because it not only teaches students How to Learn but How to Accomplish.”

  • endorsed

    “Hampshire is a place where young people get to learn about themselves and how to act in the world. How to affect change in meaningful ways. How to lead and to care. In this world where long term meaning is increasingly pushed aside in favor of short term gains, it's vital to keep this thinking-making-caring community alive.”