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Over 2000 Members have contributed so far to the success of the 150th Anniversary Campaign.

1869 Fellow Benefactors (total donations of £1,000,000 or over)

Fitzwilliam College is proud to bestow 1869 Fellow Benefactor status on any person who has shown exceptional munificence towards the College and is so called by virtue of the date of Fitzwilliam's original foundation. 1869 Fellow Benefactors may also become Companions of the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors. They are invited to all major College events and are members of the SCR and High Table.

The College currently has three Fellow Benefactors, Peter Selman (1991), Ken Olisa OBE (1971) and Xiaoyang Xie (2006).

Benefactors (total donations of £100,000 or over)

Fitzwilliam College celebrates the Commemoration of Benefactors at the Chapel Service and Dinner held annually in April, to which benefactors - in their distinctive gowns - are invited.  An honours board in the Gatehouse recognises Fitzwilliam's major supporters in chronological order (unless they wish to remain anonymous).

The Master's Circle (total donations of £20,000 or over)

The Master's Circle recognises those who have made significant contributions to the College. Its members are invited to a special lunch, hosted by the Master, at the Reunion Weekend in September.

The 1869 Foundation

The 1869 Foundation was established in 2001 to recognise individuals who have included the College in their Will, and they and their spouses or partners are invited to an annual lunch at the College hosted by the Master.

The Foundation Circle

Created to mark the College’s 150th Anniversary in 2019, the Foundation Circle recognises donors who have given £1,500 or more in a financial year. Members will be invited to a special event to see first-hand the impact of their donation, along with a celebratory garden party in June 2019. They will also be listed in and receive our annual Donor Report. 

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