Donor Recognition Societies

Occidental College is deeply appreciative of our generous donors and recognizes their extraordinary commitment to our community.

Founders Court

The Founders Court honors Occidental’s most generous benefactors since the College’s founding in 1887. Having made cumulative gifts of $1 million or more, these donors embody the spirit of philanthropy at its highest level.

Ben Culley Society

The Ben Culley Society honors individuals who have made deferred gifts to Occidental. Deferred gifts include bequests in wills and trusts, charitable gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts, which provide donors an opportunity to support Occidental beyond their lifetime. Established in 1994, this society honors Ben Culley, former dean of men, dean of students, and director of financial aid, who made a generous gift to Occidental through his estate. To this day, his gift continues to support scholarships and programs in the performing arts.

McMenamin Loyalty Society

The McMenamin Society recognizes all current donors who have made gifts to Occidental for at least five consecutive fiscal years. Established in 2007, the society honors John McMenamin and Adelaide (Grant) McMenamin, professor of biology emeritus and former director of alumni relations, who supported the College every year since 1940 when they graduated.

Leadership Giving Societies

Samuel H. Weller Society $100,000+
Leadership Circle $50,000-$99,999
President’s Cabinet: $25,000-$49,999
President’s Circle: $10,000-$24,999
Dean’s Cabinet: $5,000-$9,999
Dean’s Circle: $2,500-$4,999
William Stewart Young Society: $1,000-$2,499

GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Circle

10 years following graduation - $1,000+
7-9 years following graduation - $600-$999
4-6 years following graduation - $420-$599
1-3 years following graduation - $240-$419

Acknowledgements and Tax Receipts

Occidental values each and every gift to the College and aims to thank donors in a timely and meaningful way for their support. The Office of Donor Relations seeks to issue a tax receipt to the legal donor of a gift (as defined by the IRS) by mail within approximately one week of Occidental's acceptance of the gift.


The Occidental College Contributors Report recognizes donors who give in a variety of ways to support our students and faculty each year. This publication aims to highlight the impact and outcomes of our donors’ philanthropy and leadership.

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