Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Announces Unprecedented Campaign Success, $41.8 Million Raised


The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College successfully completed The Campaign for Douglass, the most ambitious in Douglass’ nearly 100-year history, surpassing the Campaign’s $35 million goal by 20% for a total raised of more than $41.8 million, announces Campaign Co-Chairs Joyce Kovatch Albers-Schonberg ’65 and Alice B. Herman ’70. “Together we have significantly strengthened the resources needed to advance innovative education, women’s leadership for Douglass students today and well into the future. We are grateful to all who answered the call to ‘Make a Difference’.”

Thank you to all who have supported the Campaign and helped us surpass our goal. “From the AADC’s founding as an independent non-profit nearly 90 years ago through today, our sisterhood has shown how important relationships are to our organization and to connecting alumnae to each other, to the AADC and Douglass,” said Valerie Anderson ’81, AADC Executive Director. “We are heartened and honored by your steadfast involvement.  Our alumnae sisterhood is the driving force in serving as the key fundraising arm of Douglass and in fulfilling our mission to Douglass, her students and her alumnae.”


Quality education, close-knit community, and innovative programs at Douglass — The “Douglass Difference” — is more important than ever for women graduating into a world of rapid communications and global change. The Campaign set out to assure that tomorrow’s women leaders have the strongest possible educational experience. The results position Douglass for new levels of success.

Some 76.8% of Campaign donors are alumnae, with the total number of donors being nearly 12,000.  62% of major gifts to the Campaign came from alumnae. Additional support came from friends of the AADC, and from partnering community organizations, foundations and corporations. Every gift, from the smallest to the largest, added to the tremendous success.

The impact of the Campaign means that Douglass will continue its commitment to women’s education and be able to recruit the best and brightest by providing financial support for students to attend Douglass.

  • More students than ever will receive the financial assistance needed to achieve their degrees. Over $15 million (some 37%) of the total raised reflects alumnae and friends of Douglass’ support of students.
  • In partnership with the University, the amount needed to build a new Living-Learning Residence Hall for the Global Village was achieved. Construction will begin this year.
  • New endowments have been created to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. A gift from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation creates both a scholarship and fellowship for STEM students in honor of the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren ’40, who served as Honorary Chair of the Campaign.
  • The unrestricted endowment has increased with over $7 million in gifts to enhance innovative educational programs and leadership opportunities now and in the future.

Gifts at all levels from single-dollar to top-dollar combined to create an unprecedented achievement. Already, the impact of our success is evident. Over $900,000 in scholarship support was made available thru the AADC for the current year. Nearly 43% of the College’s program budget was provided this past fiscal year.


The Campaign for Douglass was a component of the Our Rutgers, Our Future Campaign which concluded on December 31, 2014. The AADC, with strong alumnae support, made Douglass proud with her part in that accomplishment. The participation of alumnae and friends helped Douglass shine; Mabel Smith Douglass would be pleased! Throughout the spring, you will be hearing more about the impact of both Campaigns in publications, social media and websites.

Thank you!

On behalf of the AADC and the entire Douglass Community, but most especially generations of future students, we are grateful to those who answered the call to participate generously in the Campaign. Douglass tomorrow will be stronger because of our success.

“Douglass today stands alone as the only all-female residential college at a flagship public research university in the nation,” wrote Douglass Dean Jacquelyn Litt in a recent op-ed. “Through its wide array of academic opportunities, Rutgers is perhaps the best place to spearhead this new model for higher education – a world-class research university that includes an institution focused entirely on the success and advancement of undergraduate women within its structure.”

“Because of generous alumnae and friends,” says AADC President Jeanne M. Fox ’75, “students are benefiting from gifts that enhance key programs and leadership opportunities such as gaining career experience through the AADC Extern Program, as a Peer Academic Leader, or meeting top women in government through the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN).”

Our Powerful Sisterhood!

“Our powerful sisterhood helped create a successful Campaign which provides benefits even beyond the impressive financial impact,” says Valerie Anderson. Through the Campaign, alumnae and friends gained a deeper understanding of today’s Douglass. Connections between alumnae increased through the creation of regional groups across the country, and other networking and program initiatives. Outreach through publications and exposure on social media were heightened. These are all part of the Campaign’s legacy and are now integrated into the AADC’s strategic plan, which should be completed this year. Alumnae are now looking forward with excitement to Douglass’ next milestone: the centennial celebration in 2018.

The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College was created by alumnae from the first graduating class of the New Jersey College for Women and provides ongoing financial programming and communications support to students and alumnae, and encourages and promotes the educational experience and leadership opportunities at Douglass that are uniquely inherent in a women’s college.


AADC Launches $35M Capital Campaign

“Innovative Education. Women’s Leadership — The Campaign for Douglass” Kicks Off with October 24 Event at NYC’s University Club.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, October 20, 2010—The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) today announced the public launch of a five-year, $35 million capital campaign to benefit Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University — the country‘s only women‘s college within a public research university. A special event for key alumnae, at the University Club in New York City on Sunday, October 24, will celebrate the campaign‘s inauguration and introduce the College‘s new Dean, Dr. Jacquelyn Litt.

The campaign is off to a great start, according to Tina Gordon, a member of the Class of 1972 and AADC President. ―Through the generosity of early supporters during its quiet phase,‘ begun in 2008, we have already raised $17.8 million – just over half our target,‖ she said. Gordon cited two donors whose gifts will go a long way to meeting two of the campaign‘s six key goals: Regina Heldrich, Class of 1942, made a gift of $1.5 million to bolster the award-winning Douglass Project for Women in Math, Science and Engineering (goal–$4.6 million). Established in 1986, the Project provides students with academic support and leadership opportunities. Campaign funds will endow Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates – a Program for Excellence in Research), through which students connect with mentors, attend professional development programs, develop their research skills and participate in paid internships. Funds will also support the establishment of further educational opportunities and student stipends and support the Bunting-Cobb Math, Science and Engineering Residence Hall, the first living-learning community in the nation for undergraduate women majoring in the sciences and engineering. Kathy Ludwig, Class of 1975, pledged a gift of $1 million to help build a state-of-the-art living-learning residence in the College‘s unique Global Village (goal $10 million), which houses learning communities focused on language, culture, social and business issues. The Campaign will also endow the coursework, lectures, conferences and travel undertaken by students in the 10 houses: the Human Rights House, Middle East Coexistence House, Social Justice House, LEAD House, Africana House, East Asian House, Spanish House, French House, Women and Creativity House and Women in Entrepreneurial Business House. ($4.5 million)

Running in tandem with Rutgers University‘s recently announced $ 1 billion capital campaign, the Douglass campaign is also focused on sustaining the recruitment of the best and brightest women to the College ($1.5 million) through increased scholarship support; expanding its core leadership initiatives ($3.3 million) with increased funding for its Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) program providing students as mentors and leaders-in-residence; and endowing the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), a lecture series that brings high-achieving women to campus, and provides internship opportunities at both the state and federal level. Funds will also support the many other on-campus leadership programs the College offers; strengthening its experiential learning programs, ($6.6 million) for future generations of women, including its signature mission course, ―Knowledge and Power – Issues in Women‘s Leadership‖ required of all Douglass first-year students, and endowing the expansion of the Mary I. Bunting Program for non-traditional-aged women entering college; enriching its unrestricted endowment ($4.5 million) to ensure the financial, academic and programmatic stability of Douglass Residential College.

About The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC)
Established by the Class of 1922, the college’s first graduating class, the AADC today represents the interests of more than 36,000 graduates of Douglass College and the former New Jersey College for Women. With support from alumnae and friends, the Associate Alumnae provides exciting educational opportunities for Douglass students, as
well as programs and outreach opportunities that foster connections between Douglass alumnae, students, faculty, staff and friends. For additional information, please visit

About Douglass Residential College
Douglass Residential College boasts 1,816 students from more than 24 states and 14 countries and recently welcomed Jacquelyn Litt, Ph.D. as the tenth dean. Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women (NJC),and later named Douglass College in honor founder Mabel Smith Douglass, the College was renamed Douglass Residential College, following the reorganization of undergraduate education at Rutgers in 2006. Throughout its history Douglass has been at the forefront of education for women, and continues to support women’s development in all arenas, including research, education, business, public policy, communication and community service. For further information, visit

Historic Moment for Douglass—Douglass Alumnae Raise $3.6 Million for New Residence Hall on Campus

Douglass9-13_176New Living-Learning Center Will Enhance the Global Village: Exciting developments are bringing the long held vision of a new building for the Global Village at Douglass closer than ever to reality.  The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College and Douglass Residential College have reached the $3.6 million Campaign for Douglass goal for the Global Village and design is underway.

Douglass alumnae and friends, through The Campaign for Douglass, have responded generously to the project with gifts that, together with the pledged support of $6.4 million from Rutgers University, have reached the project’s $10 million goal for this priority.  On December 3, 2013, the Rutgers University Board of Governors formally approved the project.  After a competitive bidding process, the multi-award winning architectural firm of Michael Graves & Associates was commissioned to design the building.

“The new living-learning residence hall for the Global Village will expand a hallmark College program.  It will allow a greater number of Douglass students to learn and practice the skills necessary for effective global leadership,” stated Douglass Dean Jacquelyn Litt.  “The project will impact students enrolled in our language, cultural, career or issues-based living-learning communities by providing new housing and classroom space.  It will also benefit all Douglass women by providing large community space where students can participate in presentations, panel discussions and conferences that will bring the world to campus.  For example,” she continued, “we have recently established a new student organization, the Douglass Chapter of Friends of UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund), which seeks to raise the issue of global women’s health among the student body.  The multi-purpose rooms in the new building will provide a center for this type of global education and outreach. ”

This is the first new construction on Douglass in more than 30 years, since the Douglass College Center at the corner of George Street and Nichol Avenue was expanded and became a central point on the Douglass campus.  “It is particularly exciting to have Michael Graves & Associates architects as our designer,” notes Dean Litt.  “They bring expertise in designing for higher education and in many international sites, such as the recently completed Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, to our project.”

Because of the success of The Campaign for Douglass and with approval of the Board of Governors, the project timeline will now allow for a fall 2016 opening.  “We are very grateful to the alumnae and friends who join with us and with lead donor Kathleen Whitehouse Ludwig ’75 in making commitments to the Living-Learning Residence Hall, ” stated Campaign Co-Chairs Joyce Kovatch Albers-Schonberg ’65 and Alice Herman ’70.  They noted that contributors have a variety of reasons for their generous participation.  Advancing a Douglass strength in offering living-learning communities to students appeals to many contributors.  Others, aware that this will be the first new construction on campus in some three decades, want to showcase Douglass’ continued excellence and to assist in student recruitment and retention.

This project will complete the fourth side of the beautiful Georgian-style Jameson Campus, which is home to many of the current Global Village living-learning communities.  Among them are Human Rights, Leadership Education at Douglass (LEAD), Women  and Business, Africana, East Asian and the French House, to name a few.  The Global Village is one of the most popular programs among students at Douglass.

Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Board of Directors President Tina B. Gordon ’72, expressed appreciation to the Campaign Co-Chairs on having raised the needed funds for the project.  “This project would not have become a reality without the leadership of Joyce, Alice, Kathy, Sharon Matlofsky Karmazin ‘67 and many other contributors.  We are grateful for their commitment and passion for Douglass.”

AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson ’81 summarized progress, “When the AADC Board of Directors took on the challenge of conducting a major campaign to benefit the College, they had tremendous faith in the interest and loyalty of our alumnae.”

“This building, a key priority of our Campaign, confirms what we have always known about our alumnae and their commitment to Douglass.”  Valerie continued, “Our alumnae have been instrumental in assuring the advancement and success of Douglass College throughout its history.  Now is the time for all of us to invest in Douglass to ensure its vitality for the future.”

Ahead for the project is about a year of design, followed by a year of construction.  Ahead for The Campaign for Douglass is building on the success of meeting this project to fulfill other essential needs to ensure the Douglass Difference.  These areas include raising program and technology funds for the Global Village, support for STEM programs, signature Douglass curricula and Women’s Leadership initiatives.  For updates on The Campaign for Douglass, visit