Cazenovia College is introducing a new donor circle that is designed to broaden and strengthen leadership-level giving initiatives with the goal of propelling the College toward its third century of educational excellence.

The Pillar Society is based on the proud heritage and lasting legacy that The 1824 Society has provided Cazenovia for decades, while also representing an evolution of the College’s philanthropic spirit. It is designed to make giving opportunities more accessible and attainable for all alumni, faculty and staff, family supporters, and friends of the college, while remaining eminently impactful.

Yearly gifts to The Pillar Society fund the most essential needs of the College and its students. Those gifts provide the funding the College relies on to offer scholarships so deserving students can access to a transformative education, to provide faculty the level of resources needed to ensure they can continue their excellent brand of teaching, and to sustain operations that support an unparalleled student experience.

President Ron Chesbrough remarked, “The people of this institution have always been our foremost interest, from students and alumni, to staff, to faculty, to families, and we continue to look to them as the pillars who support our College. Our supporters have sustained us through many difficult transitions and tenuous situations in the past; that is part of the history and the success story that is Cazenovia. We have always been able to pivot and persevere through our most difficult challenges. While COVID-19 impacts and recent demographic changes have presented some challenges, the future is very bright, and I’ve never felt more positive about the College’s potential. However, we do need our College family and our core donor circle to help us establish a secure and sustainable future for the long term. The Pillar Society is essential to that goal.”

Current members of The 1824 Society are automatically being enrolled as Founder-level members of The Pillar Society. There are both sustaining levels of giving and a special Young Alumni giving status for graduates between one and 10 years out from their graduation dates.

More information is available on The Pillar Society site.