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Every gift, regardless of size or designation, helps Elmira College achieve its strategic goals of academic excellence and prepares students for a lifetime of success.

Giving club membership is based on the total amount of all gifts made by a donor during the College's fiscal year, which runs July 1 to June 30. Annual gifts, planned gifts, and corporate matching gifts all qualify an individual for membership in a giving club or society.


Cowles Circle

The Cowles Circle, named in honor of Dr. Augustus W. Cowles, first President of Elmira College, is Elmira’s premier leadership gift club honoring and recognizing our supporters giving $1,000 and more. The Circle consists of the following levels:

 Circle levelsAmount
President's Society$100,000 and up
Twain Society$25,000 to $99,999
Octagon Society$10,000 to $24,999
McGraw Society$5,000 to $9,999
Founder's Society$1,855 to $4,999
Simeon Benjamin Society$1,000 to $1,854

1855 Club

The 1855 Club recognizes those contributors whose gifts are $100-$999 annually. The members of the 1855 Club help build a foundation of support for students and the College. Because of these loyal donors Elmira College is able to continue the tradition of academic excellence, immersive learning opportunities, and an education that is more than an education, but an experience that empowers our students to be effective leaders and globally-engaged citizens.


Purple and Gold Club

The Purple and Gold Club is reserved for alumni who graduated in the most recent 10 years (Graduates Of the Last Decade), and recognizes those who have made annual gifts of $25-$99. Young alumni make up almost one quarter of Elmira College’s overall alumni base. That represents a significant potential to make a big difference.


Iris Society

The Iris Society recognizes and honors those who have made planned gifts to Elmira College as part of their financial planning. Planned gifts include bequests, life income agreements such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds; and gifts of insurance, real estate and qualified retirement plans. These gifts help ensure that scholarships will be available for future generations of Elmira College students.

For further information, contact:

Angela Tufillaro
Director of Major Gifts
Associate Vice President of Advancement

Elmira College
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 735-1893

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