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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. 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. Club affiliation is determined by the zip code of an alum’s primary address on record. Additional chapter codes can also be added to an alum’s record, if she wishes to affiliate with additional clubs.

Mount Holyoke has more than 100 unique clubs worldwide. Clubs can be structured as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or as informal clubs.

Structured Club (Domestic Clubs)

  • 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 (International and Domestic Clubs)

  • 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

Regional Ambassador

The Regional Ambassador is a volunteer position located outside of the United States that serves as the first point of contact for alumnae in a particular country or region as well as a resource for local residents who are interested in learning more about Mount Holyoke College. This position is intended for areas outside of the United States where there is not a club structure in place.