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Leadership Investment Levels:

President’s Circle| Lifetime President’s Circle |Phoenix Society |Franklin W. Olin Legacy Circle | First Decade Phoenix Society Giving Levels for Alumni

An engineering school founded on a vision might seem like a paradox. But when that vision’s blueprint for educational transformation is grounded in the concrete goal of using engineering to improve the everyday lives of people around the world, it starts to seem less like a “vision” and more like a realistic plan of action.

Transforming the engineering education status quo is not a modest goal, and the Olin College of Engineering mission is as ambitious as its founders and faculty’s expectations. Leadership giving at Olin reflects a deep, profound commitment to—and investment in—the college’s revolutionary mission. It supports major efforts and activities in a range of contexts, from on-campus research to off-campus innovation implementations, and the multi-faceted spectrum in between.

Leadership gifts of $10,000 or more are recognized in our President’s Circle, and leadership donors who contribute $1,500 to $9,999 are listed as Phoenix Society members.

All gifts support the Olin mission to prepare students to become exemplary engineering innovators who recognize existing needs, design practical and effective solutions, and engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world. As Olin redefines engineering as a profession and drives the discovery and development of the most effective educational approaches, support at the leadership level is more important than ever.

Previous Impact Reports, which include our Honor Roll donor lists, can be found herePlease email Shannon Paleologos or call her at 781-292-2293 with any questions.

Leadership Investment Levels

President’s Circle:

President’s Circle recognizes generosity at the following annual giving levels starting at $10,000.

$100,000 or more: Visionary
$50,000-99,999: Innovator
$25,000-49,999: Entrepreneur
$10,000-24,999: Investor

Lifetime President’s Circle:

Recognizes donors who have given a minimum of $1,000,000 since Olin was founded.

Phoenix Society:

Phoenix Society membership recognizes generosity at annual giving levels between $1,500 and $9,999. Olin alumni, please click the following link to find out how alumni gifts can qualify for the First Decade Society.

$5,000 to $9,999:1997 Society
$2,500 to $4,999: Oval Society
$1,500 to $2,499: Advocate

Franklin W. Olin Legacy Circle:

Recognizes donors who have included Olin in their estate planning.

Allocation of estate assets is one of the most important plans many people will ever make. These decisions can have an enormous impact not only on one’s heirs but also on the ongoing and future success of organizations that can benefit from this personally meaningful support.

Through philanthropic financial and estate planning, donors can dedicate a portion of their estate to benefit Olin, while providing themselves or their heirs with possible income, along with significant capital gains and estate tax benefits. This level of philanthropy gives donors an opportunity to make a larger and more lasting impact on the outward growth and inward strength of Olin than they may have imagined.

Estate plan donors become members of the Franklin W. Olin Legacy Circle, which recognizes and honors Olin friends, alumni and parents for their leadership level of support for the college and their long-term commitment to the Olin engineering education revolution.

Donors who are making a provision for Olin in their estate or life-income plans or who would simply like to learn more about this impactful means of support are invited to call the Development Office at 781-292-2290.

For more information about Leadership Giving, please email Shannon Paleologos or call her at 781-292-2293.

First Decade Phoenix Society Giving Levels for Alumni:

To qualify for First Decade Phoenix Society membership, pledges from alumni must be at the following levels, annually:

Post-Graduation Year Donation
1 $100
2 $200
3 $300


5 (Reunion Year Gift) $500
6 $700
7 $900
8 $1,100
9 $1,300
10 (Reunion Year Gift) $1,500