in-fundraising-news_january-2021.jpgwinter-seminar_in-fundraising-news.jpgAtlanta Alumnae Chapter Celebrates 35 Years of Winter Seminar and $100,000 Fundraising Milestone
If being an alumna of Agnes Scott is all about the traditions, the tradition being celebrated this year by the Atlanta Chapter’s of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association is a big one. 2020 marks the 35th year of the chapter’s Winter Seminar. Constituting a three-hour weekly session led by an Agnes Scott faculty member over eight weeks, the Buckhead-based seminar is famous in alumnae circles because it is an illustrious lecture series. For alumnae, the seminar is an annual opportunity to relive the intellectual rigor of their Agnes Scott days and the warm embrace of longtime friends.

In addition to the milestone anniversary, the Atlanta Chapter anticipates celebrating another accomplishment this year related to the Winter Seminar. The seminar raises funds for an endowed student scholarship, awarded annually. This year, the endowment will cross the $100,000 mark, ensuring that the legacy of this wonderful tradition will live on.

“We’re excited to celebrate 35 years. Agnes Scott alumnae are intellectually curious, lifelong learners. Through the Winter Seminar, alumnae get to know our incredible faculty better, and the proceeds fund a scholarship for a prospective student. It’s ideal,” says Betty Derrick ’68, co-chair of the Winter Seminar.

For Agnes Scott faculty members who have presented over the seminar’s decades, the invitation to present to a packed house of alumnae is a reminder of the role that they have in molding the minds of students for their entire lives. Insightful and incisive comments from the participants keep faculty on their toes while allowing faculty member’s instincts for performance to be on full display for an audience that relishes the show.

The break that comes halfway through the academic presentation is another of the elements that makes Winter Seminar the institution it is among Atlanta-based alumnae. The buzz of stimulating conversation among friends old and new, enjoyed over delicious and beautifully presented goodies in elegant settings, is a much-anticipated antidote to what can be winter’s dreariest weeks. It is no wonder that this tradition is 35 years strong.

This story was originally published in the Fall/Winter Issue of Agnes Scott the Magazine. Photo caption: From left to right: Atlanta Chapter Steering Committee leaders Janet Joiner ’73, Betty Derrick ’68, Liz Snitzer ’85 and Lib Boggs ’65 with Ellen Douglass Leyburn Professor Emerita of English Peggy Thompson (second from left), who delivered a talk on novelist Jane Austen at the 2019 Winter Seminar. Photo courtesy of Betty Derrick ’68.

 101 is Back!
Donors can watch an "Endowment 101 Session" featuring Agnes Scott College's financial consultant, Ellwood Associates. This virtual session—originally recorded on December 14, 2020—provides a high-level overview of the purpose and management of an endowment. Featured speakers included Adrian J. Cronje, Ph.D., CFA (Trustee & Chair, Investment Sub-Committee of the Financial Success Committee), Chris Krakowski, CFA, CAIA, FRM (Ellwood Associates), and Ellen Ogan Martel, AIF (Ellwood Associates). Watch below.

The Holder Challenge Fundraising Progress and New Giving Deadlines

The Campaign for Main and the growth of The Fund for Agnes Scott, which provides student financial assistance, are vital to the college’s ability to provide a premier educational experience. Recognizing these needs, Trustee Beth Holder '82 has issued a $1 million fundraising challenge to alumnae, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends. The challenge was launched in early 2020, but paused as the college responded to urgent fundraising needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Holder Challenge pledge and payment deadline is now June 30, 2021, and the pledge fulfillment/payment deadline is now June 30, 2022.

Agnes Scott College's Office of Development is excited to announce that the Holder Challenge is nearing its $1 million goal, with $854,128 raised to date. You can help get us across the finish line by making a gift today!

Learn more and make a gift to the Holder Challenge.

Explore the 2019-2020 Philanthropy Report
Agnes Scott‘s 2019-2020 Philanthropy Report is now available to view online. This year’s enhanced philanthropy report includes an Honor Roll of Donors along with giving highlights, mini-profiles on students and faculty and a message from President Leocadia I. Zak. Since Agnes Scott's founding in 1889, philanthropy has been fundamental to the college's enduring strength and excellence. Please take a moment to explore this report which showcases the collective impact of every donor's philanthropic investment in Agnes Scott last fiscal year


For more information about making a gift to Agnes Scott, contact Henry Taylor, senior director of development, at 404.471.6041 or