The Presidents’ Club

The Presidents' Club provides philanthropic leadership and vital support for the Colgate education and experience of today and tomorrow.

 

The Presidents' Club is made up of supporters who believe in the power of higher education to change the world. Through their contributions, members lead the Colgate community in establishing a culture of giving that has a profound impact on the University, faculty, and students. Members enjoy connecting with each other and with Colgate leaders at exclusive events, both on and off campus.

The Presidents’ Club’s engagement with Colgate helps ensure its continuing strength and is an integral part of its ever-increasing reach and reputation.

President Brian W. Casey

Honor the Tradition. Shape the Third Century.

Your gift is an investment in today's students and the future they will help to shape. You make it possible for Colgate to pursue the bold ambitions of its Third-Century Plan.

90%
of total fundraised dollars were contributed by Presidents' Club members
37M
Dollars contributed by the Presidents’ Club during Fiscal Year 2021
2,657
Number of Presidents’ Club members as of Fiscal Year 2021

Join the Presidents' Club

You can make the entire gift right now, or you have the option to divide your gift into as many installments as you choose between now and June 30.

For additional assistance with making your gift or any other questions, please contact Michelle Jacobsen at mjacobsen@colgate.edu or 315-228-7045.

Presidents’ Club Giving Levels

Presidents’ Club Giving Levels

  • $1,000,000 James B. Colgate Society (Cumulative lifetime gifts)
  • $250,000 Founder
  • $100,000 Benefactor
  • $50,000 Patron
  • $25,000 Council
  • $15,000 Parents’ Steering Committee
  • $10,000 Fellow
  • $5,000 Partner
  • $2,000 Member (Classes of 1972 to 2011; parents; grandparents; master’s degree recipients; and friends)
  • $1,000 Member (Classes prior to 1972; widows; and Colgate faculty and staff)

Giving Levels for Recent Alumni

Classes of 2012–2021

  • $1,000 Class of 2012
  • $750 Classes of 2013 and 2014
  • $500 Classes of 2015 and 2016
  • $300 Classes of 2017 and 2018
  • $100 Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021
  • $100 Recent alumni enrolled full time in a graduate program (To ensure you are credited at the graduate student level, please complete our online form.)
  • $13 Undergraduates

Frequently Asked Questions

As a Colgate couple, you may join the Presidents’ Club by making a joint gift to Colgate at the Presidents’ Club level for your class. If you are in different classes, you may select the Presidents’ Club level based on the more recent class year. For example: If one of you is in the Class of 2011 and the other 2012, then your combined gift must meet the threshold for the Class of 2012.

Colgate’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. We contact alumni early in the fiscal year, because many members appreciate the opportunity to divide their Presidents’ Club gift by enrolling in the monthly giving option. As long as you renew your Presidents’ Club gift by June 30, you will retain your Presidents’ Club membership.

To determine whether your company will match your gift, please visit our Ways to Give page.

Yes. We want you to maintain your connection to the Presidents’ Club and understand that the costs associated with graduate school may make it difficult for you to give at a leadership level. We are pleased to offer a $100 Presidents’ Club membership for any recent alumnus enrolled full time in graduate school. To take advantage of this opportunity, please complete our online form and contact Michelle Jacobsen at 315-228-7450 or mjacobsen@colgate.edu.

You can designate your support to any activity, sport, academic area, or initiative at Colgate that is meaningful to you. Colgate’s top fundraising priority is The Colgate Fund, which provides support where needs are greatest, including financial aid.

The Presidents’ Club Membership Council (PCMC) are ambassadors of Colgate’s Third-Century Plan and its priorities. Members inspire fellow alumni and families to increase their philanthropic support to Colgate through Presidents’ Club-level giving to the University. Current leadership includes:

  • Amy Jurkowitz ’85, P’17 | Chair
  • Bill Sweeney ’01 | Vice Chair
  • Bob Fenity ’06 | Strategic Advisor
  • Linda Murphy ’81, P’16 | Strategic Advisor
  • Kelechi Oguh ’08 | Lead, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Project

Why I Support Colgate

Amy Jurkowitz

Amy Jurkowitz ’85, P’17

Carlton Walker

Carlton Walker ’10

Amy Jurkowitz ’85, P’17 has built a life surrounded with passionate people.

Coming to Colgate in 1981 as a women’s tennis team recruit, Amy noticed immediately that her enthusiasm for athletics was matched by her classmates. “Everybody at Colgate had a passion. That’s what inspired me the most,” she said.

Today she seeks out that energy through her company, BREAD Ventures — a business development agency that builds, designs, and invests in brands. “If we see a brand that has passionate founders, that’s a critical factor in our decision to work together,” she shared.

Outside of her work, Amy has increased her interaction with Colgate in roles that surround her with some of the University’s most enthusiastic volunteers and supporters. She is Presidents’ Club chair, a Thought into Action mentor, and a Women’s Leadership Council member. She has consistently supported the Amy Elizabeth Freedman Jurkowitz ’85 Scholarship Fund, which benefits Colgate’s female scholar-athletes.

This year, she hopes to encourage many new members to become involved in the Presidents’ Club and to leverage strong community connections to foster an even more energetic culture of giving. Last year, the Presidents’ Club generated more than $44 million for Colgate, which comprised more than 94% of the University’s philanthropic contributions.

In recent years, the Presidents’ Club has become more nimble, project-based, and focused on engagement. “My goal as chair is to expand our reach, continue to find ways for alumni to make an impact, and keep things moving quickly!” Amy said.

Presidents’ Club’s momentum is building at an important time. Amy is excited about the direction the University has taken under President Brian Casey’s leadership, complimenting his leadership, energy, and vision — particularly during this tumultuous time — as well as his strategic vision for the Third-Century Plan. She is grateful to the Presidents’ Club members, Vice Chair Bill Sweeney, and the dedicated staff partners at Colgate. “The support from Colgate is incredibly motivating. When you’re around people who have so much drive and focus, it makes our work worthwhile,” she said.

Carlton Walker ’10 radiates loyalty and passion for Colgate and its students. In just more than a decade since graduation, he has served on the Alumni Council and the Maroon Council, and he was recently confirmed as a member of the Board of Trustees. A Presidents’ Club member since 2014, Carlton made his first gift to Colgate as a senior and has not missed a year since. Below, Carlton discusses his Colgate experience and hopes for the future of the University.

How did you find your way to Colgate?
My guidance counselor and I were looking for a college with high-level academics where I could be recruited to play football. My father, who was an avid Princeton review reader, spoke up in that conversation and asked if I would go visit Colgate. It made it on the list. We sent highlight tapes to dozens of schools, and Colgate was the first to call me back. I’ll never forget answering the phone when the coach called and invited me to campus. I went, and it was the only campus I needed to see.

Tell us about your Colgate experience.
Colgate means a lot to me. I had a wonderful experience and was involved in a variety of activities. But being a sociology major was huge for me — which is funny because I always made fun of my older sister for studying sociology. But then I became hooked during a class in my freshman year and, now that I’m in sales, I am able to take a lot of that into my understanding of how the world works and why people are the way they are. It gives me more empathy and helps me find ways to influence decisions.

How has being a part of Colgate athletics impacted you?
Being a student-athlete taught me about hard work, organizational skills, and accountability to my teammates. That is a lesson I carry with me even today: if you say you’re going to do something, you do it. Football was humbling — you don’t win every game, even if you win lots of games — and it also gave me determination. Coming into football, nothing was promised, but through hard work, I was able to start a couple of games in my first year, a huge opportunity for which I’m still thankful. Football also gave me the chance to meet other alumni and realize I was part of a broader Colgate family. It showed me there’s a bigger picture and that giving a little of your time and resources can go a long way in the lives of others. I experienced it myself.

What inspires you to give to Colgate?
Colgate gave me insight and skills that have helped me succeed in life and my career, which gives me resources to do the things I want, including giving back to the University I love. So it’s all come full circle. When it comes to giving, there is so much good going on at Colgate that we all can find an initiative that means something to us. Being an alumnus of color and understanding what access means for diversity, it is a no-brainer for me to give to the Colgate Commitment and support The Third-Century Plan, among other things I care about.

Why have you chosen to belong to the Presidents’ Club?
Someone told me in my senior year that I could make a $13 donation and become a member of the Presidents’ Club. I would love to say I was inspired but, honestly, it just felt like the sensible thing to do. I spend money on way worse things, why wouldn’t I give the $100, $200, $1,000 back to Colgate and become part of a group that will help me create connections with other alumni? Now, though, it is a pleasure of mine to give every year to Colgate.

How do you feel about being newly appointed to the Colgate Board of Trustees?
I still can’t believe that’s true and I’m so grateful. I had made a goal that, one day, I would be in a position to change Colgate for the better. I didn’t think It would happen this quickly. I was very content with the work I was doing on the Alumni Council. But when I was contacted about it and considered accepting, I realized the important impact that I could make in the next decade, as a diverse individual on the board. I believe this is the right moment for me to join and feel very blessed.

What kind of impact do you hope to have at Colgate?
I am particularly excited about anything that has to do with accessibility. I want to be a part of helping the Colgate community understand why being more accessible and having more diverse students, faculty, and staff are ways to make this special place even better.

What is one thing you would like to tell fellow alumni, families, and friends?
I really want to encourage people to find ways to get involved. Every single individual has something to give to Colgate that can enrich the life of a current student, whether it’s financial resources, time, or talents. So get in contact and get involved.