Luckey Memorial on a spring day on Houghton's campus.

1883 Society

The 1883 Society was founded during the 125th anniversary year of Houghton University 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 University 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 University 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 University 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 Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., 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.

Houghton purple wordmark with gold border. Text reads 1883 Society.