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Types of Clubs

Alumnae clubs are independent organizations that connect alumnae in the same geographical region to one another and to the College. Clubs serve the local community, provide career networking opportunities, and build relationships with MHC students in a particular area. Clubs members also volunteer for the Office of Admission to help attract talented students to MHC. Membership in alumnae clubs is open to any alumna, graduate or non­graduate, who attended Mount Holyoke for at least a year, or any recipient of a graduate degree. Membership should be as flexible as possible to encourage alumnae to join.

Mount Holyoke has nearly 100 unique clubs worldwide. Clubs can be structured as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or as informal groups. In areas where there are not enough alumnae to form a club, an individual may serve as an alumna contact to help the Association communicate messages from the College and/or reach out to alumnae who are new to the area.

Structured Club

  • Legal entity with an active EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • Nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt 501(c)(3) classification by the IRS
  • Elected officers governed by a set of bylaws and usually collect dues
  • Typically has a bank account and is required to file an annual financial report (Form C)
  • Required to complete the Summary of Meetings and Events report (Form A) and the Slate of Officers report (Form B)

Informal Club

  • Does not have EIN (Employer Identification Number)
  • Does not manage money through a bank account and is not required to file an annual financial report (Form C)
  • Required to complete the Summary of Meetings and Events report (Form A) and the Slate of Officers report (Form B)
  • Typically operated by an informal leader who appoints others to help with events
  • Events are self-funded
  • Many international clubs operate as informal clubs