Hermes Society

The Hermes Society is a growing group of leadership supporters of Columbia Business School that is the driving force behind the growth of the Columbia Business Fund and Executive MBA Fund.


Last year, alumni and friends contributed $8.2 million to the Columbia Business Fund and Executive MBA Fund, with 1,150 Hermes Society members contributing over $6.5 million of the total funds raised. It would take more than $110 million in endowment gifts to provide the same amount of annual support.

Alumni and friends who support the School at this significant level enable the School to compete in a global marketplace and seize vital opportunities as they arise. These funds also have a direct and critical impact - providing financial aid, promoting thought leadership, driving programmatic advancements, and strengthening the School's global network.

You can join the Hermes Society at the following levels:

Level Amount
Investors* $1,000-$2,499
Associates $2,500-$4,999
Partners $5,000-$9,999
Courtney Brown Fellows $10,000-$24,999
Leadership Group $25,000-$49,999
Dean's Roundtable $50,000 and above

*First five years from date of graduation

For recent alumni (five or fewer years out) membership in the Hermes Society begins at $1,000.

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If you have questions, you can contact Isaac Thweatt at or 212-854-0719.


Hermes Society donors are recognized and celebrated throughout the year. The School hosts a range of events for Hermes Society members, including an annual Hermes reception and dinner. Special regional events are also held for our donors. Additionally, as unique opportunities arise throughout the year, the School typically looks to this group of leadership supporters for purposes of outreach and engagement.


Hermes Society Council members serve as ambassadors for the School and enjoy opportunities to help lead our outreach and engagement efforts.

Read about Hermes Society members Mark Mays ’89 and Chayenne Wiskerke ’13 in Columbia Business.

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