1794 Society

The 1794 Society recognizes annual gifts from alumni, parents, and friends who are committed to investing in opportunities and experiences for today’s students by making significant, unrestricted current-use gifts.
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The collective annual leadership gift contributions from these individuals provides nearly 83% of annual giving totals. These donors are among the alumni, families, and friends who know Bowdoin best, steering the College successfully through each new challenge and opportunity.

1794 Society gifts have an immediate impact on students' Bowdoin experience. Without the ongoing support from 1794 Society donors, the College would need more than $140 million in additional endowment funds to continue operating.

1794 Society Giving Levels

Annual Fund (Alumni, Parents, PBAF, Friends)

Annual Gift Total

President’s Associates


Joseph McKeen Associates


Harriett Beecher Stowe Associates


Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Associates


Kenneth C.M. Sills Associates


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Associates


Nathaniel Hawthorne Associates



Classes of 2011-2019 & 1962 and Older  

Annual Gift Total

9th year post-graduation (2011 and Class of 1962 and older)


7th and 8th year post-graduation (’12-’13)


5th and 6th year post-graduation (’14-’15)


3rd and 4th year post-graduation (’16-’17)


1st and 2nd year post-graduation (’18-’19)


1794 Society and the Sundial Circle

Many 1794 Society donors choose to spread out the impact of their gift through the Sundial Circle, Bowdoin’s monthly recurring gift program.