1746 Society

Mellody Hobson“I joined the 1746 Society because I love Princeton, and I feel that a lot of what has happened to me since graduation is because of the great education I got there and the great Princetonians that have supported me.”


-- Mellody Hobson ’91

The 1746 Society is Princeton’s program for honoring and thanking alumni and friends of Princeton who have arranged a bequest or planned gift to the University. Anyone who notifies Princeton that the University is named as the beneficiary of a gift through his or her estate, or through a planned gift during his or her lifetime, is automatically enrolled as a member of the Society.

Founded in 1995, on the eve of Princeton’s 250th Anniversary, the 1746 Society has over 2,400 living members, including those who choose to remain anonymous. For a list of new members who joined in FY 2014-2015, please click here.  A list of all 1746 members as of 06/30/2015 will be available soon.

The 1746 Society gratefully acknowledges benefactors whose estate gifts to the University show that the future of Princeton was close to their hearts. For a list of members of the 1746 Society who passed away in FY 2014-2015, as well as those not previously enrolled in the society from whom a bequest was received, please click here.

Examples of planned gifts and bequests include:

  • A gift of any amount to Princeton through a will provision.
  • Gift through a revocable “living” trust.
  • 401(k), IRA, SEP, or similar retirement plan beneficiary designation.
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Pooled income fund
  • Charitable lead trust
  • Life insurance policy beneficiary designation
  • Bank account, Totten trust, or similar arrangement

Members of the 1746 Society receive certain benefits, which currently include:

  • Recognition in University publications, including the Princeton Alumni Weekly and Gifts to Princeton.
  • Invitation to an annual luncheon (for members who have made life-income gifts).
  • Professional, personalized gift planning services.
  • Reports on the investment performance of gifts to Princeton and highlights of the gift planning program.
  • A handsome 1746 Society pin -- a badge of distinction.

Please call the Office of Gift Planning to discuss how you can become a member of the 1746 Society. If you have already named Princeton as a beneficiary of a bequest or planned gift, please let us know through our online form so that we can welcome you as a member.

Call us at 609-258-6318 or e-mail 1746soc@princeton.edu.

Or if you prefer to reach out to your Gift Planning Class Chair, click here for the most recent roster.