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Boxwood Circle

Annual Giving


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Boxwood Circle

The best way for you to express your confidence in Sweet Briar is to make a gift to the Annual Giving campaign.

Because of you, smart young women are actively engaged in state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, internships, study abroad programs, and are preparing to make a difference as leaders in the greater community.

With your leadership gift, we will be able to extend our reach even further to young women with great potential who otherwise might not be able to attend college because we will have more resources to put toward scholarships and financial aid.

With your continued support, Sweet Briar will become more accessible to talented and ambitious young women across the country. 

We believe in Sweet Briar and its future. Collectively, we have the power to support women's education, and, perhaps more importantly, support women in leadership. Please join us in making a gift to Sweet Briar's Boxwood Circle today.

To those who have already made a gift this year, we all send our sincerest and deepest gratitude. 


With warm gratitude,

Jane Reeb Short ’74 Jacque Penny ’71

Boxwood Circle Chair; Director, Boxwood Circle

Leadership giving at Sweet Briar has a long and distinguished history beginning in 1960, when Gladys Wester Horton ’30, Elizabeth Bond Wood ’34 and Nancy Dowd Burton ’46 together decided they wanted to raise alumnae giving to a new level and founded the Boxwood Circle Giving Society.

In the 50 years since, the Boxwood Circle has grown to recognize supporters who give $2,500 or more to the College in a fiscal year. Gifts may be cumulative and include both restricted and unrestricted gifts, including matching gifts. Since then, two new giving societies have been added, the Fountain Society and Column Society, to recognize support at the $5,000 and $10,000 level, respectively.

The leadership giving program encourages a strong connection between society members and the College and recognizes supporters for their extraordinary commitment to Sweet Briar. In addition to being recognized in the Honor Roll of Donors, members receive invitations to special events on and off campus.

Join the Boxwood Circle, Fountain Society or Column Society today. Your commitment to Sweet Briar at a leadership giving level carries forward a long and distinguished tradition of the College and is instrumental to ensuring the strength and vitality of Sweet Briar for the future.

2012 - 2013 Boxwood Circle Goals:

185 donors to the Annual Fund
325 donors to All Funds (Annual Fund and restricted gifts)


Leadership 2013-2014 Honor Rolls (July 1 - June 31, 2014)

Bell Tower Society
Pink Rose Society
Boxwood Society
Fountain Society
Column Society
Silver Rose Society


For additional information or volunteer support, please contact Jacque Penny ’71, director of Boxwood Circle.

In addition to giving me a great education, Sweet Briar taught me the intangible lessons of tenacity, leadership and the value of good friendships … qualities that have stuck with me all these years.


I share my success in life with Sweet Briar so that other young women with budding potential will have the same opportunities to excel and soar.

Jane Reeb Short ’74 


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