Giving Societies

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Giving Societies

Wellesley's recognition societies honor and thank those alumnae, parents, and friends who provide generous leadership and legacy support to ensure Wellesley's continued success. These societies bring together generations of donors—veteran and emerging leaders alike—to support virtually every aspect of academic and student life.

The Durant Society

Honoring Pauline and Henry Durant, the founders of Wellesley College, the Durant Society recognizes annual leadership donors who make an investment in the College’s commitment to excellence with a gift of $2,500 or more. The Durant Society is also proud to recognize graduates of the last decade at special giving levels with gratitude for their commitment as leaders among their peers (options start at $500).

To express our appreciation for these most loyal and generous supporters, the College offers Durant Society members various courtesies, including exclusive access to several events on campus, regional receptions throughout the country, invitation to the President’s House during your reunion, participation in conference calls with College leadership, and more.

For more information about the Durant Society, please contact Norma Barrett, Senior Associate Director of the Wellesley Fund, at 781.283.3335.


The Wellesley Legacy Society

Founded in 1991, the Wellesley Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who have thoughtfully included a gift to the College in their estate plans through a will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or life-income gift such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.

There is no immediate gift, minimum gift level, or minimum age required to become a member. Simply notify the Office of Gift Planning of your gift intentions so that we can warmly welcome you and extend exclusive invitations to College events.

NEW! For alumnae members who are 72 years of age or older, providing documentation of a bequest intention ($10,000 or more) will allow that future gift to be counted in your current reunion class gift totals.

If you haven't already, we encourage you to consider your own legacy and contact the Office of Gift Planning to discover how you can realize your philanthropic goals.