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1833 Society

Make a gift to the Kalamazoo College FundEstablished in 1987, the 1833 Society is the leadership giving society of the Kalamazoo College Fund. The 1833 Society honors a distinguished group of annual contributors who play a vital role in ensuring the financial health of the College.

Gifts at the 1833 Society level account for more than 67% of the total dollars raised through the Kalamazoo College Fund. 1833 Society gifts have truly made a difference in the lives of K students, on campus and abroad. Gifts from leadership donors increase student accessibility to the College, support continued academic excellence and enhance all aspects of our campus community.

1833 Society Gift Level is $1,833 as of July 1, 2016

During the past three decades Kalamazoo College has significantly deepened its investment in its students and faculty. The figures below tell a striking story:

During 1987 During 2015
Number of K Students 1,103 students 1,461 students
Financial Aid awarded by K $2.6 Million $33 Million
Instruction and Research Costs $5.5 Million $19.9 Million

Remarkably, the College’s leadership level for annual gifts has not changed during that time. In July 2016, after nearly 30 years, the 1833 Society threshold will increase to recognize donors who make an annual Kalamazoo College Fund gift of $1,833 or more.

This change will benefit financial aid, faculty support and resources, classroom and experiential learning, career development, civic engagement, student organizations, athletics and campus revitalization.

How to Give at the 1833 Society Level

Gifts of $1,833 or more ensure membership in the 1833 Society. You are welcome to spread your contributions throughout the year, make a recurring credit card gift or use your matching gift dollars from your employer to become part of the 1833 Society. All gifts must be received within the fiscal year, July 1 – June 30.

Gift Begins Number of Gifts Monthly Gift Amount
July 12 monthly gifts $152.75 a month
August 11 monthly gifts $166.64 a month
September 10 monthly gifts $183.30 a month
October 9 monthly gifts $203.67 a month
November 8 monthly gifts $229.13 a month
December 7 monthly gifts $261.86 a month
January 6 monthly gifts $305.50 a month
February 5 monthly gifts $366.60 a month
March 4 monthly gifts $458.25 a month
April 3 monthly gifts $611.00 a month
May 2 monthly gifts $916.50 a month

Engagement Opportunities

Members of the 1833 Society are invited to events throughout the year. This year’s events include a wine and cheese reception with President Jorge G. Gonzalez on Saturday, October 15, 2016 during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Christmas concert and holiday buffet at the home of the president on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Giving Levels Within the 1833 Society

Scholars Society $25,000 or more
Bowen Society $10,000 to $24,999
Mandelle Society $5,000 to $9,999
Welles Society $2,500 to $4,999
Dewing Society $1,833 to $2,499

Questions?

Please contact Caitlin Kuhn, Associate Director, Leadership Annual Giving at 269.337.7294 or ckuhn@kzoo.edu.

To find out if your employer has a matching gift program, search our Matching Gift Company database.

1833 Society members enjoy special events on campus throughout the year.