Giving Societies

Ways to Give

Giving Societies


Loyal Blue

The Loyal Blue Society is a University-wide donor loyalty and consecutive giving recognition program designed to celebrate donors with consecutive giving of two or more fiscal years (July 1 to June 30), or who make the commitment to invest in Columbia through automated recurring gifts.

To learn more, contact or call 212-851-4102.




The Benefactors of Columbia University, established by the Trustees in 1990, honors individual donors whose active involvement and generous lifetime philanthropic commitment enable the University to pursue its highest aims. The Benefactor program is designed to deepen connections within the most select circle of alumni and friends, and between those individual donors and the University.



The 1754 Society

The 1754 Society honors donors who make planned gifts and bequests to Columbia, which are critical sources of income for the endowment, as we thank you for your generosity. Named for the year when Columbia was founded as King’s College, the Society recognizes the vital role benefactors have played over centuries in Columbia’s emergence as a preeminent educational institution leader and the role they play today in ensuring its continued preeminence. Once you complete your estate plan, please let us know. Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations. It is our way of thanking and recognizing you for the plans you made—and it may inspire generosity in others.

How to Join

Columbia welcomes you to the 1754 Society if you have:

  • Included Columbia in your estate plan through a will or living trust
  • Created a charitable remainder trust, administered by either Columbia or another trustee, which names Columbia as the remainder beneficiary
  • Entered into a charitable gift annuity agreement with Columbia
  • Named Columbia as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan
  • Established a donor advised fund at Columbia

Become a Member

Complete the Office of Gift Planning’s member profile form or contact us at or 800-338-3294 to let us know you made plans for Columbia. We will send you a membership acknowledgment and welcome letter. The specifics of your arrangements for the University will remain confidential.