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Recognition of Donors

Our thanks to you 
Fitzwilliam College expresses its thanks to donors via publications and through a range of groups, societies and giving circles. Donors may remain anonymous if they wish.

The names of all donors are included in the College List of Donors in the year of the gift.
For a gift of £150 (cumulative) or more in a financial year the donor is additionally invited, along with a guest, to a donor event held biennially in college. 

Foundation Circle
The Foundation Circle recognises donors who have given £1,500 ($1,500 via CAm) in a financial year. Foundation Circle members receive a donor report, and are invited to a donor event highlighting an area of College life their generosity has helped fund. Their names are recorded in a special section of the College List of Donors, unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Master's Circle
From 1 August 2019, donors whose cumulative giving exceeds £50,000 (including Gift Aid), are invited to join the members of the Master's Circle. Members (with a guest) are invited to an annual lunch in the Master's Lodge Garden, and receive a donor report. Their contribution is recognised in a special section of the College List of Donors, unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Benefactor
From 1 August 2019, donors making a cumulative gift between £150,000 and £499,999 (including Gift Aid), will be invited to become Benefactors of Fitzwilliam College. In addition to the benefits outlined above, Benefactors receive a lifetime invitation to the biennial College donor event, are invited to have their name recorded on the Benefactors board in the College reception, and are entitled to wear a Benefactors gown on certain College occasions. In the year of the gift, their generosity will be celebrated with an invitation to the Commemoration of Benefactors (with a guest). They will also be recorded in a special section of the College List of Donors, unless they wish to remain anonymous.

1966 Benefactor
1966 Benefactors have made a gift between £500,000 and £999,999 (including Gift Aid) to the College. Along with the benefits of a Benefactor, 1966 Benefactors receive an annual invitation to the Commemoration of Benefactors (with a guest) and are additionally invited to bespoke events with Fitzwilliam College Fellows and students which focus on the strategic priorities of the College. 1966 Benefactors are recorded in a special section of the College List of Donors, unless they wish to remain anonymous.

1869 Fellow Benefactor
Subject to the approval of Governing Body, Fitzwilliam College is proud to bestow 1869 Fellow Benefactor status on any person who has shown exceptional generosity towards the College by making a gift in excess of £1million. 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 with the benefits of an Honorary Fellow.

1869 Foundation
The 1869 Society recognises the generosity and commitment of those who have pledged a legacy to the College, and informed us in writing of their intention to leave a gift in their will. The 1869 Society ensures alumni who have pledged a legacy can enjoy a relationship with both the College, and its current members, during their lifetime. Members receive a certificate and pin to commemorate their commitment, and are invited to a special event in college each year. They are included in the College List of Donors, unless they wish to remain anonymous. 

Star*Donor
Star*Donors are those who have made a gift of any size to the College each year since their graduation. We are pleased to recognise the commitment of young donors who have shown their loyalty to Fitzwilliam at an early stage of their lives and careers. Membership continues for every year that a gift is made, and is recognised in the College List of Donors, unless a donor wishes to remain anonymous.