Established in honor of the College's founding year, the 1911 Society recognizes the loyalty of supporters who contribute generously to Connecticut College. The Society's name honors the pioneering founders of Connecticut College for Women, who represent a great commitment to achievement, impact and excellence. Their progressive vision to educate graduates to step confidently into the world to make a difference continues to this day.
1911 Society leadership donors sustain this vision through giving, as members create opportunities for current and future students. Members are a distinguished part of the College community, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to academic excellence and to making a difference in the life of every student.
During fiscal year 2018, members donated $30 Million in total to the College, $5.2 Million specifically to the annul fund (The CC Fund).
1911 Society Donor Impact
- Financial Aid - More than $43 Million in financial aid was awarded in 2017-2018, with 57% of students receiving aid.
- Internships - 75% of rising seniors take part in the College's distinctive funded internship program, ranked by Princeton Review as fourth in the nation.
- Athletics - Continuing to update athletic facilities and upgrading livestreaming services used to highlight home games.
- Academics - The Connections curriculum and its progressive "Pathways" concept continues to evolve, with over 90% of first-year students naming this learning approach as an important factor in their decision to attend Conn.
- Residence Halls - Upgrades to Morrisson and Hamilton residence halls, improving upon the first-year experience.
As a 1911 Society member, you will enjoy...
- A Presidential invitation to the annual 1911 Society Leadership Giving event
- A custom-designed lapel pin to show your Conn pride
- A prominent listing in the College's annual honor roll
- Communication including news, updates regarding campus and College activities, as well as regional and campus events
- Conn College staff member to assist you by answering your questions and supporting your philanthropy throughout the year
1911 Society Leadership Giving Levels
$2,500 to $9,999
The laurel leaf, a symbol of academic achievement, is a fitting tribute to Connecticut College alumni, parents and friends.
Tiered leadership giving is offered to recent graduates and students:
- 10 - 14 years out $1,000
- 5 - 9 years out: $500
- 1 - 4 years out: $250
- Current Students: $100
$10,000 to $24,999
Mary Stillman Harkness was one of the College's most devoted supporters in the 1930s and 1940s, when it was transformed into a national institution. Harkness House and Harkness Chapel are legacies of her philanthropy.
$25,000 to $49,999
This gift society honors the College's presidents. The leadership of each has shaped the College and moved it forward.
Morton Plant Circle
$50,000 to $99,999
Morton Plant was the first chair of the Board of Trustees and the College's first major benefactor. He started the endowment with a gift of $1 Million and provided gifts for several College buildings, including Plant, Blackstone and Branford houses.
$100,000 to $999,999
This gift society was formed in 2005 to honor the College's annual leadership supporters and the momentum they provide as the College approached its Centennial in 2011.
Recognizes the extraordinary philanthropic commitment of Conn donors who give $1,000,000 or more in a single fiscal year.