The Society of 1859

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Individuals and couples who have made planned gifts for the benefit of The Cooper Union, and have shared that information with The Cooper Union Development Office, are eligible for induction to the Society of 1859.


Invitation to join is based not on the size or amount of the gift, but on the willingness of the individual to share their intentions with Cooper.


On this website you will find “donor stories” about people you may know who are proud to share details about the charitable decisions they have made and how it makes them feel.


In addition to receiving invitations to special events, a certificate signed by the president, and a handsome lapel pin, members of the Society of 1859 may take pride in the important and visible role they play in spanning the past, present, and future of The Cooper Union.


Click here to learn more about Lifetime Giving Societies and members.