President's Club event during Parent's Weekend

Legacy Society

In 2020, Hillsdale College established the Legacy Society to recognize those supporters who have generously designated the College as a beneficiary of their estate. These friends of the College value Hillsdale’s dedication to learning, character, faith, and freedom and have made specific arrangements to support those purposes through an estate gift. The generosity of Legacy Society members ensures that Hillsdale’s mission will continue for generations to come.

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Maree Socha

(517) 607-2382

[email protected]

Privileges of Membership: A Circle of Friends

Legacy Society members in good standing are among the first to receive invitations to events such as:

  • National Leadership Seminars which are held twice a year in major city venues. These seminars feature special receptions that allow members to visit informally with President Larry P. Arnn and the Hillsdale College Trustees.
  • Center for Constructive Alternatives (CCA) on-campus seminars.
  • Special events marking College milestones.
  • Educational cruises and tours with Dr. Arnn and the College staff.
  • Special programs in Washington, D.C., including the College’s annual Constitution Day Celebration.

Membership Levels

Members may join at any of these levels:

Irrevocable Gifts

  • Third party irrevocable gifts: Charitable Remainder Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, etc.
Revocable Gifts

  • Beneficiary designation
  • Bequests in revocable will or trust
Founders Circle $500,000+ $1,000,000+
Framers Circle $250,000+ $500,000+
Patriots Circle $100,000+ $250,000+

*Proper documentation is required

Recognition and Honoring a Strong Stance on Education

As a token of the College’s gratitude, Legacy Society members in good standing are recognized in the following ways:

  • While attending a Hillsdale event, Legacy Society members receive a framed certificate from Dr. Arnn, and are photographed for publication in The President’s Club News.
  • Legacy Society members are honored guests at the annual President’s Club/Legacy Society Breakfast during Commencement Weekend.
  • Members have reserved seating toward the front at Commencement and other events.
  • The names of Legacy Society members are displayed at the Dow Conference Center, the Kirby Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Roche Sports Complex.

Members may specify the use of their gifts:

Unrestricted Gifts support the Independence Fund, which covers College operating requirements and educational programs exhibiting the greatest need.

Designated Gifts directed by a member may support specific academic programs or departments, outreach, capital projects and improvements, undergraduate or graduate school scholarships, athletic programs or departments, or the general endowment.

Named Endowments may be designated by an individual or couple to a specific endowment fund which they have named; the annual income may be used to support the College’s general operations, or a specific academic or outreach program.

Private scholarships protect Hillsdale College from the government regulations that come attached to taxpayer-funded federal and state student grants and loans, which are not accepted here. In the course of the Four Pillars Campaign, which concludes in 2024, the College aims to raise $260.2 million in endowment for scholarships. Legacy Society members may designate their pledge to the general scholarship fund or the many other existing scholarship funds. They may also choose to establish a named endowed or annually donated scholarship with their own criteria.