The Irradient Society

The Irradient Society was established to honor those who contribute to the Amherst Fund each year without fail and who exhibit steadfast loyalty to—and support of—the College. In naming the society, the College recognizes its founding promise to "give light to the world." The loyalty and generosity of these donors are exceptional and meaningful tributes to Amherst.

A great way to ensure your membership in the Irradient Society is with a recurring gift. A recurring gift plan makes your annual gift to Amherst College easy and convenient. Credit cards can be charged monthly or annually. Signing up is as easy as checking the recurring giving box on our online giving form.

Leadership Giving Societies

The 1821 Society

Named for the year that Amherst College was founded, the 1821 Society brings together philanthropic leaders from each generation of Amherst graduates, parents, and friends who are dedicated to ensuring that today’s students experience the fullest possible range of intellectual, athletic, artistic, and co-curricular opportunities.

By contributing annually to the Amherst Fund with a minimum gift of $1,821 (and special introductory levels for young alumni), you will be paving the way for future generations of Amherst students — just as the visionary founders did in 1821.  

Noah Webster Circle

The Noah Webster Circle recognizes the most generous supporters of the Amherst Fund and honors Noah Webster’s founding vision.

Gifts of $10,000 or more (or $5,000 or more for alumni that are 1-5 years out of college) qualify for this leadership giving society.

Webster is best known for his commitment to local education. He helped to found Amherst College and served on the board of trustees. In 1897, the community honored Webster's commitment to local education with a memorial statue that still stands on the Amherst College campus.