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 $100,000+
Joseph McKeen Associates $50,000
Harriet Beecher Stowe Associates $25,000
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Associates $10,000
Kenneth C.M. Sills Associates $5,000
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Associates $2,500
Nathaniel Hawthorne Associates $2,000


Classes of 2012-20 & 1962 and Older Annual Gift Total
9th year post-graduation (2012 and Class of 1962 and older) $1,000
7th and 8th year post-graduation ('13-'14) $750
5th and 6th year post-graduation ('15-'16) $500
3rd and 4th year post-graduation ('17-'18) $250
1st and 2nd year post-graduation ('19-'20) $100

1794 Society and Monthly Recurring Giving

Many 1794 Society donors choose to spread out the impact of their gift through Bowdoin's monthly recurring gift program for alumni or for families.