Lifetime Giving Societies

Giving SocietyThe Lifetime Giving Societies is WPI’s most prestigious donor recognition program and offers levels of experience for its members. Originating with the Presidential Founders Society and the 1865 Society, the WPI Giving Societies have now expanded to include a total of six recognition groups that celebrate lifetime philanthropy of $100,000 to more than $10 million.

The name of each society is intimately connected to the history of WPI. Like our founders, each society member has made a remarkable commitment to the university. Collectively, they form a strong cornerstone on which WPI flourishes today.

Giving Societies


Become a Member

Individuals become members based on their outright gifts, spousal gifts, corporate matching gifts, pledges, family foundation gifts, and documented planned gifts.

Levels of Membership

Membership Level Donation
Founders Society $100,000 - $499,999
Goddard Society $500,000 - $999,999
1865 Society $1,000,000 - $2,499,999
Salisbury Society $2,500,000 - $4,999,999
Washburn Society $5,000,000 - $9,999,999
Boynton Society $10,000,000+