1794 Society

1794 SocietyThe 1794 Society is a community of individuals who contribute leadership gifts to the Alumni Fund each year. These leadership donors are among the alumni/ae who know Bowdoin best and have supported the College year after year, steering the College successfully through each new challenge. 1794 Society donors provide approximately 81% of the Alumni Fund dollar total. These gifts have an immediate impact in providing the strongest education for Bowdoin students. Without the ongoing support from 1794 Society donors, the College would need over $140 million in additional endowment to continue operating.

Recognition Level Annual Gift Total
President’s Associates $100,000 and above
Joseph McKeen Associates $50,000 - $99,999
Harriett Beecher Stowe Associates $25,000 - $49,999
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Associates $10,000 - $24,999
Kenneth C.M. Sills Associates $5,000 - $9,999
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Associates $2,500 - $4,999
Nathaniel Hawthorne Associates (1963 to 2007) $2,000 - $2,499
9th year post-graduation (2008 and Class of 1962 and older)  
$1,000 - $2,499
7th and 8th year post-graduation ('09-'10)
$750 - $2,499
5th and 6th year post-graduation ('11-'12)
$500 - $2,499
3rd and 4th year post-graduation ('13-'14)
$250 - $2,499
1st and 2nd year post-graduation ('15-'16)
$100 - $2,499

Benefits of the 1794 Society

Through the 1794 Society, Bowdoin recognizes the critical Alumni Fund contributions of its most generous donors. In appreciation for their leadership support, all members of the 1794 Society are invited to a winter reception hosted by the President and Trustees of the College. All first-time 1794 Society donors are personally thanked for their important gifts.

1794 and the Sundial Circle

Many 1794 Society donors choose to spread out the impact of their gift over the year through the Sundial Circle, Bowdoin's monthly recurring gift program. Click to learn more about making a leadership-level contribution through the Sundial Circle.