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. 

Wooster Fund Giving Societies

The College of Wooster is pleased to recognize the generous alumni, parents, and friends who give to The Wooster Fund each year. Recognition at one of these levels is based on unrestricted gifts to The Wooster Fund during one fiscal year (July 1–June 30):

The Leadership Circle

Old Main Society $100,000 or above
Kauke Hall Tower Society $50,000 - $99,999
Ephraim Quinby Society $25,000 - $49,999
Founders’ League $10,000 - $24,999
Chairman’s Council $5,000 - $9,999
President’s Associates $3,000 - $4,999

Other Wooster Fund Giving Societies

MacLeod Society $1,000 to $2,999
Scots Clan 
$1 to $999

Planned Giving 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. For more information about planned giving, click here.

Benefactor Societies

Wooster’s benefactor societies recognize 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.