Leadership and Philanthropy
The Wabash mission statement boldly proclaims that the College educates men “to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.” Members of the 1832 Society demonstrate for students what it means to “lead effectively” when they generously contribute annual gifts of $1,000 or more.
At Wabash we call it philanthropic leadership, and we recognize those who give $1,000 or more each year as members of the 1832 Society. It is a small but important group that has a serious impact on the demanding learning environment that is the essence of the Wabash experience.
The 1832 Society is serious Philanthropy
Tuition revenue only accounts for half of what it costs to educate a student. Every student benefits from a “silent” scholarship before receiving any merit- or need-based financial assistance. Leadership gifts allow Wabash to recruit talented, hard-working, and well-rounded students regardless of their financial circumstances.
Leadership gifts allow Wabash to attract and retain faculty who are passionate about their disciplines and committed to engaging teaching.
1832 Society gifts provide a rigorous teaching and learning environment balanced with an enriching student life experience. From weeklong immersion learning trips, and weekend athletic and artistic events, 1832 Society support ensures Wabash men have an unparalleled education.
The impact of 1832 Society gifts is substantial. Consider this: every student would have to pay an additional $3,643 to match what Annual Fund gifts provide each year. Those who give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund each year as members of the 1832 Society account for approximately 80% of the Annual Fund total each year.
Do you want to be a part of the most serious group of Wabash benefactors?
Membership in the 1832 Society begins with those who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more from personal contributions or a combination of personal and corporate matching gifts. Membership in the 1832 Society recognition levels are indicated here:
1832 Society Gift Recognition Levels
$25,000 and above Edmund O. Hovey Circle
$10,000 - $24,999 Frank H. Sparks Circle
$5,000 - $9,999 Elihu W. Baldwin Circle
$2,500 - $4,999 Byron K. Trippet Circle
$1,000 - $2,499 Caleb Mills Circle
Young 1832 Society Recognition Levels
Graduates in the classes of 2012-2021 who give at the levels listed here are recognized as Young 1832 Society members for making more substantial gifts to the College in the years immediately following their graduation.
$250 or greater in years 1-3 out
$500 or greater in years 4-6 out
$750 or greater in years 7-10 out
Membership in the 1832 Society establishes an identity for gatherings, solicitations, and relationship building. All 1832 Society members receive recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors, invitations to special on- and off-campus 1832 Society events, and exclusive communications designed for 1832 Society members.
Corporate Matches and Your 1832 Society Gift
Membership in the 1832 Society begins with those who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more from personal contributions or a combination of personal and corporate matching gifts.
To find out if your company offers a matching gift program, visit www.wabash.edu/matching. If your company is listed, simply complete the materials from your human resources department and send them to Wabash.