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The Hermes Society is a growing group of leadership supporters of the Columbia Business Fund and the Executive MBA Fund that make a significant and lasting impact at the School. Last year, alumni and friends contributed $7.1 million to these funds, with Hermes Society members contributing more than $5.48 million of the total. It would take more than $110 million in endowment gifts to provide the same amount of annual support.
With over 700 members, the Hermes Society has been the driving force behind the growth of the Columbia Business Fund and Executive MBA Fund. Alumni leaders who support the School at this significant level enable the School to compete in a global marketplace and seize vital opportunities as they arise. In the last year, the School introduced new programming to the core curriculum, provided financial aid to the incoming class of outstanding students, and continued to support innovative faculty research in the wake of the economic crises.
You can join the Hermes Society at the following levels:
- Dean’s Roundtable $50,000 and above
- Leadership Group $25,000–$49,999
- Courtney Brown Fellows $10,000–$24,999
- Partners $5,000–$9,999
- Associates $2,500–$4,999
For young alumni (five or fewer years out) membership in the Hermes Society begins at $1,000.
For tax purposes, we do not attach a tangible benefit to leadership gifts. However, we do aim to recognize and celebrate our Hermes Society donors throughout the year. The School hosts a range of private events for Hermes Society members, including an annual reception with the dean and faculty members, an annual dinner with Partner-level supporters, and special regional events. Additionally, as unique opportunities arise throughout the year, the School typically looks to this group of leadership supporters as an indication of interest and engagement.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the benefits of the Hermes Society, please contact Beth Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-6776.
Browse the 2012–2013 Report to Investors to see the impact your support has on the community at Columbia Business School.
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