Campaign Update

The Campaign for Sarah Lawrence maps out a vision that will ensure the College continues its forward momentum: educating intellectually rigorous, creative thinkers and doers who are singularly prepared to tackle the world. With your participation, we will realize this vision.


Leadership gifts in support of the Barbara Walters Campus Center:

  • A commitment of $1 million to support AV/IT infrastructure and equipment from The Stutzman Family Foundation and Trustee Michael Stutzman MFA ’09

  • A commitment of $500,000 from Anthony Payiavlas and AVI Foodsystems

  • Gifts totaling $210,000 from Caren Sturges ’69, Kathleen Vignos ’71, and the Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation

The latter two gifts were made in honor of President Emerita Karen R. Lawrence. As of June 27, 2017, the College received 71 gifts in honor of Karen Lawrence, providing $3 million in support to the Barbara Walters Campus Center (BWCC). The living room in the center will be named in Lawrence’s honor.


The Booth Ferris Foundation has awarded Sarah Lawrence a grant of $220,000 over two years to support first-generation students and ensure their success. The grant includes an expansion of yearlong efforts beginning with a five-day, pre-orientation experience for new students designed to facilitate their successful transition to college life. It also includes family outreach and year-round support services as well as social justice leadership and advocacy training on campus.


In honor of his late mother, Eleanor Weisman Edelman, and his sisters, Gwen A. Edelman ’72 and Jennifer B. Edelman ’76, Thomas J. Edelman made a combined gift of $289,000, naming the Eleanor Weisman Edelman Reading Room and College Archives, and the Eleanor Weisman Edelman Endowment Fund. Eleanor Weisman Edelman was a lifelong Bronxville neighbor, loyal Sarah Lawrence supporter, and a founder of Friends of the Library.