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The Hollins Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places

The Lonely-hearts Club: Unglamorous Projects Find Devoted Donors

It's not that people don’t understand the importance of deferred maintenance, HVAC, sidewalks, and roofs. It’s just that a campaign offers opportunities that are a lot sexier...

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Unconditional Love

Several Hollins trustees showed their love for Hollins by giving to unrestricted endowment, meaning their gifts are invested with the pooled endowment with the earnings directed to areas most needing support.

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Our Secret Admirers

Anonymous Donors Provide More Than $36 Million

They don't want the limelight. They don't want the accolades. They just want Hollins to succeed and thrive.

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Love is a many splendored thing


Love makes the world go ’round, and it was also the driving force behind the campaign. Not only love for Hollins, and love for liberal arts education, but love for:


  • Shortly before the campaign began, Texas businessman and philanthropist Robert T. Priddy and his brother, Charles, established a scholarship in memory of their mother, Swannanoa Horne Priddy, Class of 1911.
  • "I am so appreciative of how my love of literature and writing were shaped at Hollins," says Susan Gager Jackson '68. “It is an honor to be able to give something back."
  • After Dee Hull Everist '75 passed away in 2005, her family wanted to honor her enduring love for the written word.
  • "I gained my best friends in life while I was studying in Paris," says Jeannie Hall Rutherfoord '74.
Study Abroad
  • Claudia Belk '60 and Stella Thayer '62 affirmed their belief in the power of studying abroad and fostering cross-cultural connections with their campaign gifts.
Leadership Training
  • "The intensive exposure the [Batten Leadership] institute provides to the theory and practice of leadership is without peer..."
  • Sandra Frazier '94 presented a $2 million gift to Hollins on her family's behalf to support the history department.
Cultural Diversity
  • Tifi Bierley '60 and Suzanne Reno '64 gave to the campaign to support international professors and students at Hollins.
Louis Rubin
  • Confetti showered down on Louis D. Rubin Jr., professor and mentor to generations of Hollins educated writers, when it was announced...
High School Teachers
  • Mary Bern Decker '58 supports teachers and those aspiring to teach through her campaign gift.
  • "Come play with us" is one of the taglines of the Hollins theatre department. Libby McDonnell '62 will help ensure that the professional-quality productions will continue at Hollins.
  • "Hollins shaped my life and opened doors inviting my mind to explore. I want other young women to have the same opportunities for growth and self discovery," says Betty Stall '53.
  • From a $5.00 gift to gifts for lab equipment, two alumnae show a lifelong commitment to the Hollins professors who are dedicated to their students.
  • A $500,000 challenge grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust inspired other donors...
  • Many alumnae gave quality horses as well as significant gifts during the campaign to support Hollins' excellent equestrian program.
  • Hollins' internship program has long been successful thanks to the connections and support of alumnae, including Hebe Murphy '64.