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1883 Society

The 1883 Society was commissioned during the 125th anniversary year of Houghton College to honor donors who give $1,000 or more annually.  Their gifts reflect a commitment to Christian higher education and the transformation of Houghton students into people of character, competence and conviction.

Hundreds of alumni and friends express their commitment to the Houghton College mission and became charter members of the 1883 Society.  In doing so, they became ambassadors of the “1883 Possibility” – that dream of Willard J. Houghton focused on high quality education dedicated to God’s glory.

The 1883 Society welcomes as a member any Houghton College alumni or friend who gives a total of $1,000 or more within the current academic year (June 1 – May 31).  You may give a gift at one time or over the course of the year.  The gift may go to the Houghton College Student Scholarship Fund or to an existing project or designation of your choice. 

To put it simply, a cumulative gift of $1,000 or more, given sometime during the current academic year to any area of the college, entitles you to become an 1883 Society member.  Additional cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more on an annual basis will renew 1883 Society membership in subsequent years.

As a symbol of our appreciation for this commitment, members of the 1883 Society will receive special news and updates directly from President Shirley Mullen, invitations to special events and activities, and recognition on a commemorative plaque.

We invite you to join us a member of the 1883 Society today.  Your gifts will equip the next generation of Houghton graduates to lead and labor as scholar servants in an ever-changing world.  Make your gift now, or call the Advancement Office at 585-567-9340.

Dr. James S. Luckey, former Houghton College President (1908-1937).

The James S. Luckey Society

“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: ‘He is good; His love to Israel endures forever.’ And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.” (Ezra 3:11 NIV)

The James S. Luckey Society was established in 2010 to honor those donors whose gift plans set a firm foundation for the long-term financial health of Houghton College and its continued ability to support Houghton students as they pursue God's call on their lives.

Like these legacy donors, James S. Luckey – aptly remembered as the “The Builder” – demonstrated such qualities as faithfulness, hard work, and deep concern for students. As Houghton’s first official president, Dr. Luckey set his nearly inexhaustible energy to the task of raising a relatively unknown seminary to a fully accredited college with a reputation for academic excellence and faith.

Even as he pursued this vision, Dr. Luckey attended to the young people God put in his care – often quietly paying their tuition or finding them jobs that would provide room and board to ensure their stay.

Members of the James S. Luckey Society share a similar vision. They give wisely for the long term. They have the big picture in mind yet their gifts attend to the details. Their support has a major impact on the future of Houghton College, but it also touches the lives of individual students – students who will become the future Christian leaders of our world.

Investing in Houghton College:

In the book of Ezra, God’s people began the daunting twenty-year task of rebuilding the temple. The job was not easy. It required dedication and sacrifice by all involved. The people faced fierce opposition. Their enemies discouraged them and threatened financial ruin. Although at times work came to a standstill, the people persevered.

By answering God’s call, they accomplished two very significant tasks. First they reestablished their covenant with the Lord. Second, they resurrected a building and with it, the ministries and activities of daily life for the faithful.

Like the temple builders – and like Dr. Luckey, The Builder – donors of planned gifts to Houghton College stretch themselves to accomplish meaningful tasks. Their generous gifts or gift plans ensure that Houghton will be vibrant and accessible for future generations. They uplift the core mission of the college, equipping faculty, staff and students with the resources necessary to fulfill that mission with excellence.

There are many ways to make a difference through gift planning. You can read about these opportunities on our gift planning web pages. Each plan suits a unique set of personal financial goals and individual means. The benefits to the donor and the college abound – both tangible and intangible. For more information or for a gift planning illustration, contact our Office of Gift Planning at 585-567-9545 or email ellen.woolley@houghton.edu.

To officially enroll in the James S. Luckey Society at Houghton College, contact us to request a gift planning confirmation form. Membership requires initiation of a new gift plan or confirmation of an existing one.