Donor Recognition Levels

 Union College Donor Societies

Your total annual contributions to Union, given at one time, or in installments throughout the fund year, including matching gifts, count toward membership in these recognized Donor Giving Societies. Donors who contribute $2,000 or more become members of the Terrace Council.

Donor Society Giving Level In Tribute
UNION DONORS Up to $99 Union College has the distinction of having the oldest continuous annual fundraising campaign in the nation. In 1912, Charles Waldron, Class of 1906, started the Alumni Gift Fund.
FRANK BAILEY LEAGUE $100 to $249 Frank Bailey graduated from Union in 1885 and served as the College treasurer for 51 years.
JOHN HOWARD PAYNE ASSOCIATES $250 to $499 John Howard Payne, Class of 1812, was a noted playwright and composed "Home Sweet Home" in 1823.
FOUNDERS SOCIETY $500 to $999 The anniversary of the granting of Union's charter on February 25, 1795, is known as Founder's Day.
RICHMOND ASSOCIATES $1,000 to $1,794 This level honors Charles Alexander Richmond who served as the 10th President of Union from 1909-1928.
1795 SOCIETY $1,795 to $1,999 The 1795 society honors the year Union College was founded.
SOCIETY OF THE IDOL $2,000 to $2,999 The Idol, a Chinese stone lion, was given to Union in 1875 as a gift by Rev. John Farnham, Class of 1856. Terrace Council membership begins with gifts of $2,000.
SEAT OF STONE SOCIETY $3,000 to $4,999 Seat of Stone refers to the Terrace Wall which was erected in 1812 to provide a level building site under the direction of Union's first President Eliphalet Nott.
CHARLES STEINMETZ INNER CIRCLE $5,000 to $7,499 Charles Steinmetz was a mathematician, engineer, professor and theoretical scientist and was referred to as the Wizard of Schenectady.
RUTH EVANS PATRONS $7,500 to $9,999 Ruth Evan served as the College librarian from 1952 to 1989. She was the only female librarian at the time.
THE GARNET SOCIETY $10,000 to $24,999 In the mid-nineteenth century, American colleges adopted distinctive colors for their sports teams. In 1875 Union's color became garnet and was worn for the first time in a regatta on Saratoga Lake.
CHESTER ARTHUR ALLIANCE $25,000 to $49,999 Chester Arthur graduated from Union in 1848. He served as the twenty-first President of the United States succeeding James Garfield in 1881. As another distinguished alumnus, Union honors him with a statue outside of Jackson's Garden.
WILLIAM SEWARD PARTNERS $50,000 to $99,999 William Seward studied law and graduated from Union in 1820. He later served as governor of New York State, US Senator and Secretary of State. Union recognizes him as one of its distinguished alumni and in 1920 Seward Place was established.
THE MINERVA CIRCLE $100,000 - $249,999 The Minerva Circle represents the College's seal which was established in 1796 and used to signify that a document, usually a diploma was official. It wasn't commonly used in printing until the twentieth century.
South College Society $250,000 to $499,999 Like its twin to the north, South College was one of the first buildings to be erected on the present campus and opened its door in 1814.
NORTH COLLEGE SOCIETY $500,000+ One of the first buildings to be erected on the present campus in keeping with the plan ultimately devised by Eliphalet Nott and Joseph Jacques Ramée, North College opened its doors in 1814.