Giving Societies

Ways to Give

Giving Societies


Loyal Blue Society

Columbia depends on the steadfast generosity of its most loyal donors at all giving levels. To recognize and honor their impact, we have created the Loyal Blue Society—open to all Columbia alumni, parents, and friends who support the University for two or more consecutive fiscal years (July 1 to June 30), or who invest in Columbia through automated recurring gifts.

To learn more, visit the Loyal Blue Society page or email




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.



Founders Society

Members of Columbia’s Founders Society are like-minded business founders, equity holders, and investors who have made a non-binding pledge to contribute a percentage of their venture’s future proceeds to the University. Alumni and friends who make this pledge gain membership to the Founders Society. Members have full control over the timing, amount, and designation of their gift, which can support any school or area at Columbia. Members also have access to the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, where they can connect with fellow Founders who understand the importance of tying commercial advancement to philanthropic achievement.

To learn more, visit the Founders Society page.



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.