Giving Societies

Throughout Wooster’s history, gifts from generous alumni and friends have been vital to our mission as an independent liberal arts college that prepares students to become leaders of character and influence. The College of Wooster values its donors and has a number of ways to recognize your generous contributions.  

Benefactor Societies

Wooster’s benefactor societies recognizes the vision, leadership, and dedication of loyal and generous donors who have made significant lifetime gifts to the College and whose support has created a culture of philanthropy that will benefit students and the College for years to come.  

The James Reed Society 
The James Reed Society recognizes donors whose cumulative giving to the College over the course of their lifetimes is $1 million and more. The Society is named for the Presbyterian minister and trustee who, while pausing on a hilltop in 1865, envisioned it as the perfect location for a college. Reed’s conviction, devotion, and perseverance led to the formal incorporation of Wooster as an institution of higher education on December 18, 1866.   

The Howard Lowry Society 
The Howard Lowry Society recognizes donors whose cumulative giving over the course of their lifetimes to the College is $250,000 to $999,999. The Society honors the College’s 7th president who served Wooster for 23 years. President Lowry’s understanding of the liberal arts and vision for Wooster, especially his introduction of the Independent Study program, has impacted the lives of generations of students and faculty members.   

Planned Giving Society

The 1866 Legacy Society
The 1866 Legacy Society recognizes those alumni, parents, and friends who have demonstrated their commitment to Wooster’s future by naming the College as the beneficiary of irrevocable or revocable planned gifts, including life-income gifts and bequests.  

Annual Giving

The following giving societies recognize members on an annual basis and, as part of The Wooster Fund, stress the importance of unrestricted giving to the College. These gifts allow the College to meet critical needs and emerging priorities. 

The Leadership Circle
Members of the Leadership Circle give generously to The Wooster Fund with gifts of $3,000 and more. The College is grateful to these donors for their leadership and steadfast support.

  • Kauke Hall Tower Society 
    Named for the tallest tower on the College’s most iconic academic building, the Kauke Hall Tower Society recognizes donors who make gifts of $50,000 or more to The Wooster Fund.  
  • Ephraim Quinby Society
    Named in honor of the “quiet and substantial citizen” of Wooster who donated the land on which the College now stands, the Ephraim Quinby Society recognizes donors of $25,000 to $49,999 to The Wooster Fund.  
  • Founders’ League 
    The Founders’ League honors the personal generosity that is the foundation of Wooster’s strength by recognizing donors who make gifts to The Wooster Fund of $10,000 to $24,999.
  • The Chairman’s Council
    Members of The Chairman’s Council provide gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 to The Wooster Fund.
  • The Presidents’ Associates 
    Members of The Presidents’ Associates support The Wooster Fund with gifts from $3,000 to $4,999.  

Other Wooster Fund Giving Societies

  • MacLeod Society - $1,000 to $2,999
  • Scots Clan - $500 to $999
  • Century II Club - $200 to $499
  • Century Club - $100 to $199
  • Contributors - $1 to $99