The President’s Club Membership

The President’s Club Membership

Members may join The President’s Club at any of six commitment levels: Traditional, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond.

Memberships are fluid; members may join at the Traditional level and, over time, increase their commitment to a higher level. Memberships are offered based upon one’s pledged commitment to provide a particular level of support over a period of ten years. Memberships are awarded at the time that a commitment is pledged.

Contact

Mary Ewers

 (517) 607-2601

mewers@hillsdale.edu

Matching gifts from a member’s past or present employer fully apply toward meeting membership guidelines.

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Traditional Membership

  • Pledge of an annual gift of at least $1,500 or more for ten years, or
  • Making an outright gift of $15,000 in cash, securities, or property, or
  • Establishment of a planned gift with a minimum designation of $15,000 of the deductible gift portion to Hillsdale College, or
  • Establishment of an estate bequest of at least $15,000

Young Alumni Membership

The Young Alumni level is a sub-category of the Traditional membership level. All Hillsdale alumni under the age of thirty qualify.

Membership is met by pledging at the Traditional level amount of $15,000. A variable pledge completion date is determined by his or her age. The pledge is completed at a rate of $750 per year until the member reaches age thirty; the pledge is then completed at the normal rate of $1,500 per year.

Bronze Membership

  • Pledge of an annual gift of $2,500 a year or more for ten years, or
  • Making an outright gift of $25,000 in cash, securities, or property, or
  • Establishment of a planned gift with a minimum designation of $25,000 of the deductible gift portion to Hillsdale College, or
  • Establishment of an estate bequest of at least $25,000

Silver Membership

  • Pledge of an annual gift of $5,000 or more for ten years, or
  • Making an outright gift of $50,000 in cash, securities, or property, or
  • Establishment of a planned gift with a minimum designation of $50,000 of the deductible gift portion to Hillsdale College, or
  • Establishment of an estate bequest of at least $50,000

Gold Membership

  • Pledge of an annual gift of $10,000 or more for ten years, or
  • Making an outright gift of $100,000 in cash, securities, or property, or
  • Establishment of a planned gift with a minimum designation of $100,000 of the deductible gift portion to Hillsdale College, or
  • Establishment of an estate bequest of at least $100,000

Platinum Membership

  • Pledge of an annual gift of at least $50,000 or more for 10 years, or
  • Making an outright gift of $500,000 in cash, securities, or property, or
  • Establishment of a planned gift with a minimum designation of $500,000 of the deductible gift portion to Hillsdale College, or
  • Establishment of an estate bequest of $500,000 or more

Diamond Membership

  • Pledge of an annual gift of at least $100,000 or more for ten years, or
  • Making an outright gift of $1,000,000 in cash, securities, or property, or
  • Establishment of a planned gift with a minimum designation of $1,000,000 of the deductible gift portion to Hillsdale College, or
  • Establishment of an estate bequest of $1,000,000 or more

Upgrading Membership

Once a member has finished the previous pledge level, they may choose to upgrade to the next level, as follows:

  • To Bronze (from Traditional):
    $20,000 more over ten years ($2,000 per year, or $167 per month)
  • To Silver (from Bronze):
    $35,000 more over ten years ($3,000 per year, or $292 per month)
  • To Gold (from Silver):
    $70,000 more over ten years ($7,000 per year, or $584 per month)

Members may fulfill their pledges via various means, including gifts of cash, securities, or property; the tax-deductible portion of a College-managed gift annuity; trusts; or other acceptable planned giving instruments. Revocable gifts of $50,000 or more qualify for the Traditional level. Members may designate their gifts toward any current program or project. Corporate matching gifts fully apply.

Gift Designations

All gifts made by members of The President’s Club shall belong in total to Hillsdale College and shall be disbursed at the discretion of the president of the College. Members may specify the use of their gifts in three ways:

Unrestricted

Such gifts shall be used to support the Independence Fund, which is allocated for College requirements and educational programs exhibiting the greatest need as the president may determine. Such gifts are vitally important to the successful operation and independence of the College.

Designated

Such gifts may be given in support of specific academic, outreach, or capital projects or programs deemed acceptable by the Board of Trustees. Gifts may be designated for scholarships, academic programs or departments, outreach programs, capital improvements, or to the general endowment.

Named Endowments

Members may designate their contributions to a specific endowment fund named by that donor. The annual income from such an endowment will be used to support the general operations of the College, or as directed by the member. He or she may designate the use of all or any portion of the endowment’s distributions for any program or project deemed acceptable by the Board of Trustees. Upon a member’s death, unless prior provision is made, his or her named endowment shall become a permanent memorial to that member of The President’s Club and an unrestricted endowment to the College.

Membership Benefits

Above all, members of The President’s Club derive satisfaction from belonging to a valued group of friends responsible for building and enhancing Hillsdale’s excellent traditional liberal arts preparation for students and national outreach programs for adult leaders.

President’s Club members receive complimentary invitations to all of Hillsdale’s outstanding National Leadership Seminars, conducted twice yearly in major cities across the United States. Special President’s Club receptions at each event allow members to visit informally with Dr. Arnn and trustees, the seminar’s renowned speakers, and other members of The President’s Club.

President’s Club members receive a subscription to The President’s Club News, published three times annually. The names of new members are printed in the newsletter.

At a Hillsdale event, President’s Club members receive a framed certificate from Dr. Arnn and are photographed for publication in The President’s Club News.

President’s Club members are honored guests at the annual President’s Club Breakfast during Commencement Weekend.

The names of President’s Club members are listed in a beautiful interactive display located in the Dow Leadership Conference Center.

President’s Club members receive complimentary invitations to all four annual week-long seminars of the Center for Constructive Alternatives, including the Ludwig von Mises Lecture Series.

President’s Club members are invited to participate in exciting and educational cruises and tours with Dr. Arnn and select College faculty.