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1794 Society

1794 SocietyThe 1794 Society recognizes 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 84% of the Alumni Fund dollar total. These gifts have an immediate impact in helping to meet the increasing cost of educating Bowdoin students. Without the ongoing support from 1794 Society donors, the College would need nearly $130 million in additional endowment to continue operating.

Note: As of July 1, 2012, there are new dollar thresholds for the 1794 Society gift levels:

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 2004) $2,000 – $2,499
9th year post-graduation (2005 and Class of 1962 and older)  
$1,000 - $2,499
7th and 8th year post-graduation  
$750 - $2,499
5th and 6th year post-graduation  
$500 - $2,499
3rd and 4th year post-graduation  
$250 - $2,499
1st and 2nd year post-graduation  
$100 - $2,499

What are the 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. Donors at the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Associate level and above receive an exclusive piece of Bowdoin memorabilia. All first time 1794 Society donors are personally thanked for their important gifts.