The 1787 Society
- What is The 1787 Society?
- A Brief History of The 1787 Society
- Benefits of Membership
- How to Join
- Archived Newsletters
What is The 1787 Society?
The 1787 Society was founded to recognize alumni and friends who have made a commitment to Pitt through planned or deferred gifts. Your commitment may be made to any area of Pitt – the undergraduate programs, graduate and professional schools, clinical programs, centers, research initiatives, libraries, community programs or athletics.
Planned and deferred gifts have become increasingly important to Pitt’s strength and growth. They provide professorships, research funds, student scholarships, unrestricted funds, and a higher quality of education for all students.
A Brief History of The 1787 Society
Pitt is among the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as the Pittsburgh Academy by Hugh Henry Brackenridge. At that time the Pitt campus was comprised of a log cabin and a handful of students. Read More »
Benefits of Membership
- The opportunity to be recognized for your generosity and to encourage other gifts through your example
- An invitation to the annual appreciation luncheon, which includes a special presentation highlighting outstanding faculty research.
- Special invitations and activities for Winter Academy (Florida) and events such as the Health Discovery Series
- The Planned Giving Department at your service to arrange tours, meetings, and to provide such philanthropy-related services as you should require.
The following types of commitments, qualify you for membership in 1787 Society:
- a bequest provision in your Will or revocable trust;
- a life-income gift that names the University of Pittsburgh as a remainder beneficiary, such as a charitable remainder trust, a charitable gift annuity, or a pooled income fund gift;
- a charitable lead trust that provides income to the University of Pittsburgh for a donor’s lifetime or a term of years;
- a gift or assignment of qualified retirement plan assets, such as an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b);
- a gift of life insurance;
If you have already included the University of Pittsburgh in a bequest or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know by filling out the member profile form. Your willingness to be listed as a member of 1787 Society encourages others to follow your example. We acknowledge and respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but we urge you to let us know of your plans on a confidential basis in any case. It supports the University of Pittsburgh’s planning for the future. Of course, if you have not yet included the University of Pittsburgh in your plans and you would like to explore the best options for you and your family, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be glad to assist you on a confidential basis and without any obligation.
Pictures from the Annual 1787 Society Luncheons