The President’s Club

The President’s Club is Hillsdale College’s primary donor recognition and appreciation society. It began in 1969 with a handful of friends and has grown to include over three thousand memberships, including some of the finest business and community leaders across the country. The growth of The President’s Club corresponds directly with the rise of Hillsdale College in national reputation, accompanied by its steadily escalating standards of academic and institutional excellence.

President’s Club members provide the financial strength that allows Hillsdale College to continue in its mission, free of federal taxpayer subsidies and government control.

Traditional membership in The President’s Club is established with a pledged commitment to provide a minimum of fifteen thousand dollars over a maximum of ten years. President’s Club members may designate their gifts to any Hillsdale program or project of their choosing, and gifts may be in the form of cash, securities, or various planned-giving instruments, such as gift annuities.

Message from the President

Larry Arnn PortraitHillsdale College is unique. First, there is its long history. It was founded in 1844, just eighteen years after the deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. It is a fine thing for a college to have survived for 170 years. But Hillsdale College has done more than that. It has flourished. And at critical times in the nation’s history, it has risen to do extraordinary service—most notably in the period surrounding the Civil War and then again in recent decades.

Second, there is its founding mission. As set out in its original Articles of Association, that mission is to provide “sound learning” in a way to perpetuate the blessings of “civil and religious liberty” and “intelligent piety.” Hillsdale College has remained true to this mission, even while other colleges and universities have changed with the wind. This is reflected in its undiminished devotion to the liberal arts, its broad and deep core curriculum, its outstanding teaching faculty, and the caliber of its students.

Third, it is one of only a handful of colleges that operates solely on private sector support. Hillsdale College refuses to accept one penny of federal taxpayer subsidies, even in the form of federal student grants and loans. It takes this stand for two reasons. One is to avoid the regulations that come attached with federal subsidies. More fundamentally, it believes that federal involvement in higher education violates the principle of limited government and corrupts the very idea of liberal learning.

Finally, it is strong. It is determined. It knows where it has been and where it is going. That is why Hillsdale’s Board of Trustees and administration have carefully planned and are conducting a capital and endowment campaign, “Rebirth of Liberty & Learning,” in an effort to raise $470 million in private funding for capital projects and endowments for scholarships, faculty chairs, the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, the Allan P. Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, and the new Churchill Project.

Our motto here at Hillsdale College is “Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty since 1844.” It sums up our mission. I invite you to become our partner in this mission and support our Rebirth of Liberty & Learning Campaign by joining The President’s Club.


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Larry P. Arnn

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