Giving Societies

The 1883 Society

The 1883 Society was founded 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 expressed their commitment to the Houghton College mission and became charter members of the 1883 Society. 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 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. 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 Office of Advancement at 585.567.9340.

The James S. Luckey Society

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The James S. Luckey Society was established in 2010 to honor donors who create gift plans which establish 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 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 his 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 assure their stay. Like Dr. Luckey, donors of planned gifts to Houghton College challenge themselves to accomplish meaningful tasks. Their generous gifts or gift plans ensure that Houghton will be vibrant and accessible for future generations, uplifting the core mission of the college to equip faculty, staff, and students with the resources necessary to fulfill that mission with excellence.

Members of the James S. Luckey Society share a similar vision for a college known for its academic excellence and strong faith tradition. They give wisely for the long term through vehicles such as will bequests, charitable trusts and annuities, insurance policies, or endowments. They have the big picture in mind, and yet their gifts attend to the details. Their support has a major impact on the future of Houghton, but it also touches the lives of individual students who will become the future Christian leaders of our world.

We invite you to join the James S. Luckey Society by making us aware of your existing or newly created gift plans. There are many ways to make a different through gift planning and we invite you to review our gift planning web pages to learn more about them.

If you are already a member of the 1883 Society, we invite you to consider becoming a member of the James S. Luckey Society. Visit our gift planning web pages or contact the Office of Advancement to learn more.

The Soaring Eagles Society

The Soaring Eagles Society was created to honor recent alumni who choose to support their alma mater financially during their first 10 years after graduation. Their annual gifts of any size reflect their support of Christian higher education and the transformation of Houghton students into people of character, competence and conviction. Gifts may go to the Houghton College Student Scholarship Fund or to an existing project or designation of choice.

The Significance of the Eagles

Beginning in 2009, first-year students at Houghton have participated in a tradition:  they are invited to gather around the statue of the eagles in front of the campus center for a candlelit ceremony, where they learn the story of the six members of the class of 1982 who lost their lives in a tragic car accident in October of 1981. The new students hear about how the members of the Houghton community came together to support one another in that time of incredible grief, and how they as freshmen and transfers are now becoming members of this supportive community. The Soaring Eagles Society reflects this spirit of support and encouragement as recent graduates support those now journeying through their education at Houghton. 

As a symbol of our appreciation for this commitment, members of the Soaring Eagles Society will receive special news and updates on a quarterly basis from President Mullen, faculty, staff, students, or other alumni.

We invite you to become a member of the Soaring Eagles Society today. Your gifts will both symbolically and tangibly make a difference in the lives of Houghton students and will help ensure the continuing success of your alma mater.

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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.

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