Message from the Deans
Alumnae/i support can take diverse forms but is driven ultimately by a common desire: To endorse and aid the School’s efforts to prepare the next generation of social workers. Our graduates are significantly accomplished, affecting lives through their work with individuals, families and communities or through their advocacy of effective public policy or organizational change. Equally important are the efforts of alumnae/i who seek to achieve an indirect but nonetheless compelling impact through their philanthropy in support of the School. This notion, derived from the Greek philos and anthropos, “lover of mankind,” represents a voluntary promotion of social welfare or other determination to increase the wellbeing of
humankind. That such lofty goals can be accomplished through graduate social work education is evident beginning with the philanthropy of Carola Woerishoffer, an undergraduate alumna of the Class of 1907 whose bequest brought the School (at the time, theDepartment of Social Work and Social Economy) into existence so that other women might do the sort of social work that she had been privileged to do, and continuing through the largess of alumnae/i who are profiled below. Therefore, while we celebrate the myriad ways our graduates champion our educational mission, we are pleased to introduce you to several individuals whose inspiring philanthropic support is having a transformative effect on social work education at Bryn Mawr College.
— Marcia Martin, Ph.D. ’82, and Raymond Albert, Co-Deans
Sowing the seeds of philanthropy: raising the challenge
Several alumnae mark not only their individual determination to give but want to nurture the philanthropic impulse in others, hoping to spur all graduates to begin or increase their giving. The landmark initiative in this area was the $5,000 “challenge grant” established by Mary Field, MSS ’86, built around her notion of reciprocity and her fervent desire to spur graduates to give back some of the benefits accrued from their scholarship-supported masters education and thereby enable others to follow in their path.
Sharon Bishop, MSS ’71, moved to Washington, DC upon her graduation from the School, and soon partnered with a colleague to provide policy evaluation and consultation. Their enterprise took hold and grew to a several-hundred employee organization known as Caliber Associates, which provides high-quality research and consulting services that help organizations develop and manage effective programs for the public good. Caliber recently became a wholly owned subsidiary of ICF International, a leading management, technology, and policy consulting firm. Sharon’s largess, coupled with the support of two other MSS alumnae, has enabled the School to mount challenge grants in the last several years that generated new donors and increased gifts. This year Professor Toba Kerson, to mark 30 years of teaching at the School, also has made a $30,000 challenge gift. It will provide matching gifts to increase the number of young alumnae/i who contribute, to encourage new Slade Society donors, and to spur a Student Association gift drive and increase among current students an awareness of philanthropic giving.Juliet Goodfriend, an undergraduate alumna of the Class of 1963 and founding Chair of the Graduate School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors, is the visionary founder of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the nonprofit that saved and is restoring the historic Bryn Mawr Theater. Juliet moved to this endeavor after serving as the founder and CEO of Strategic Marketing Corporation (SMC), a large custom marketing research firm serving the pharmaceutical industry whose many innovations have charted the course of pharmaceutical marketing. Juliet has made possible the Dean’s Council challenge, which matches donations of $1,000 or more up to a total of
Annuities establish Social Work scholarships
Margaret Collins, MA (social work) ’40 (pictured at left) was called “a pioneer” for her work in addressing discriminatory housing practices (see obituary in the August 2006 Bulletin). That same innovative spirit extended into her support for the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and the manner in which she took advantage of incentives in the tax code to establish the Hilda Worthington Smith Scholarship.
Margaret founded Suburban Fair Housing as a real estate company and then used restraint of trade statutes to win access to property listings so she could affect sales to black and Jewish families. As a private investor, she maintained a stock of low-income housing units, a business she ran well into her 90’s. As she liquidated her rental units, she used the income from the sale of one home, as well as some appreciated stocks, to establish a charitable gift annuity with the School. The arrangement allowed her to vastly reduce the capital gains taxes on the stock, and she was guaranteed a 10 percent annual return on the annuity for the rest of her life.
Following her death in May, the principal of those gifts, almost $100,000, was used to establish a permanent MSS scholarship fund. Rather than naming it for herself or her family, Margaret chose to memorialize a family friend, Hilda Worthington Smith, dean of Bryn Mawr College (1919–33) and director of the famed Summer Institute for Women. The School will name the first Smith Scholar later this year. In addition, Margaret established annuities with other charities to provide retirement income to tradesmen who had worked for her for many years.The Hilda Worthington Smith Scholarship is an important step for the School. The School’s commitment to provide adequate scholarship aid to deserving students, combined with the lack of a significant endowment, presents a pressing challenge. Last year the School provided students with $2.4 million in direct grants, of which only $120,000 was funded from endowed scholarships.
The gift of program innovation
There is no question that the School has a rich tradition, and as guardians of that legacy, several alumnae/i, through their philanthropy, have committed to foster the spirit of innovation that has shaped our past and informs our future.
In 1978, the family and friends of Anita D. Lichtenstein, MSS ’66, established an endowment to support the School’s first named lectureship, honoring Anita’s work in the area of natural and adoptive families. Since 1978, 27 lectures have been presented including those offered in recent years as part of our annual Child and Family Well-being conference.
In recognition of the Child and Family Well-being Center’s potential for providing superior clinical training and research in childhood and family mental health, Jacqueline Griffith, MSS ’81, and her husband David, are making a multi-year gift in support of Center staffing, future program development, and new technology for training workshops.
Alexander Scott, MSS ’69, and his wife Anne, through the G. Mildred and A. Foster Scott Charitable Foundation, support a series of public lectures organized by our Center for Child and Family Well-being, as well as program enhancement.
The desire of Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MSS ’66, to enhance services to rural elderly in Upper Bucks County lead to her support for enhanced field placements for several students working in rural gerontology, all of whom receive travel stipends and participate in regular group supervision as well as a series of integrative seminars that include all students working in the field of gerontology.
L. Diane Bernard, Ph.D. ’67, long a champion of the rights of LGBT populations, has made possible the creation of enhanced field placements to students working with these groups, as well lectures and workshops focusing on gender and sexuality issues and scholarship support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students.Through a family foundation, Carole Landis, MSS ’95, established the Beifield Family Scholarship to make it possible for four single parents returning to school after significant prior career experiences to pursue their dream of graduate social work education, providing funds for these students‚ annual tuition, fees, and book costs.
About life income gifts
Charitable gift annuities are an excellent way to make a sizable future gift to Bryn Mawr. With a simple contract, you can make a gift to Bryn Mawr and retain secure, fixed payments for you and/or another beneficiary for life, regardless of economic uncertainty. The payout rate you receive depends upon your age, with older beneficiaries receiving a greater percentage than younger beneficiaries. In addition, you receive the benefits of an immediate income tax deduction. When the gift is made with appreciated stock, you save capital gains tax as well.
In the last 3 years, social work graduates have established eight charitable gift annuities in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $200,000. In total, they represent $550,000 which will someday establish permanent, named endowments to benefit the School. The “total return” that will be generated by these “investments” is astronomical when you consider the impact on generations of future social workers and the clients and communities with
which they work.