Our History

Inspired by the proud, 100-year history of the Dartmouth College Fund, alumnae representing four decades have joined together to create the Centennial Circle of Dartmouth Alumnae, an initiative that is setting the course for a new century of alumnae support.

In early 2014, a small group of dedicated alumnae set an ambitious goal to recruit 100 Dartmouth women to make gifts of $100,000 or more to honor the 100th anniversary of the Dartmouth College Fund. The response was extraordinary: in less than three months, 114 women joined the Centennial Circle and raised almost $15 million to support current female students through financial aid—demonstrating the strength of community and commitment shared by the women of Dartmouth. The Circle currently has 149 members and is open to all Dartmouth alumnae.

May 2016


Second Annual Centennial Circle is held

February 2016


The first Centennial Circle Forum is held

January 2015


The Centennial Circle is formed, launching a new era in philanthropy to Dartmouth


Susan Dentzer ’77 is elected the first female Chair of the Board of Trustees


Hallidie Grant ’81 becomes the first female senior class president


Dartmouth launches seven varsity sports for women: basketball, crew, field hockey, lacrosse, squash, skiing, and tennis


The academic year opens in September with 251 women enrolled as candidates for a Dartmouth degree


The Board of Trustees votes to admit women


Hannah Thompson Croasdale is appointed the first female tenured professor


Women attend summer term courses, with classes counting toward degrees at their home schools


Dartmouth creates its first committee to explore the issue of coeducation

Join Us

Any alumna who makes a gift of $100,000 or more to the Dartmouth College Fund is invited to become a member of the Centennial Circle. Learn more about ways to make a Centennial Circle-level gift, including gifts of securities.
If you are already a member or not ready to join the Centennial Circle, we also welcome gifts of any size. Here’s how

For more information about the Centennial Circle, contact

Mindi A. Laine
Mindi.A.Laine@Dartmouth.edu 603-646-2977

Sylvia R. Racca
Sylvia.R.Racca@Dartmouth.edu 603-646-2198