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Giving Societies

The Caltech Fund is grateful to all of our alumni for making the Institute a philanthropic priority. Annual gifts from alumni allow Caltech to immediately address its highest priority opportunities and concerns, continue to attract and retain top tier faculty, make critical financial-aid available to students in need, and expand enriching student life programming.

In whatever way you can give back, the 1891 Society and the Founders Society acknowledge the powerful impact which is made possible thanks to alumni investing in Caltech through sustained and leadership-level annual giving.


Coelostat in the Linde + Robinson Laboratory

1891 Society

In 1891, noted Pasadena philanthropist Amos G. Throop established Throop University, the precursor to the California Institute of Technology (1920). It is thanks to the effort of many that Caltech quickly became a preeminent institution of research, education, and instrumentation. In that spirit, the Caltech Fund is proud to recognize alumni for their consecutive years of investment in the Institute's mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education.

Alumni are eligible for special announcements and recognition as members of the 1891 Society whenever they have made a gift to Caltech (in any amount) for three or more consecutive years, including the current fiscal year.

Founders Society

The Founders Society brings together Caltech's founding three: Robert A. Millikan, Arthur A. Noyes, and George Ellery Hale. From the outset, the Institute's first ruling triumvirate was keenly aware of the need for private philanthropy as a critical means to grow the fledgling campus. Their calculated risks and bold investments yielded discoveries from the nature of chemical bonds to the observation of gravitational waves.

Throughout the past century to the present, Caltech has continued attracting top minds who have in turn brought revolutionary changes to their fields. Many of the breakthroughs on campus and around the globe are thanks to the distinct conditions that Caltech's founders established: fearless support of faculty and students with a deep commitment to close-knit, interdisciplinary research and scientific collaboration. The Founders Society recognizes alumni for their annual investment in these founding principles which still hold true today.

Alumni are eligible for special announcements and recognition as members of the Founders Society whenever they contribute $1,000 or more to Caltech during the current fiscal year.

For more information about the 1891 Society or the Founders Society, please contact Peter Gilman, Assistant Director of Reunion and Leadership Annual Giving, with the Caltech Fund.

Peter Gilman

(626) 395-3843
pgilman@caltech.edu