Giving and Recognition Societies
Donors Make the Difference
Franklin & Marshall College would not be what it is today without the loyalty and generosity of our alumni, parents and friends. Contributions to the College directly support our mission of excellence in liberal arts education by providing the resources necessary to sustain the entire life of the College, from the recruitment of talented students and exceptional faculty, to world-class research opportunities, scholarship initiatives, students' personal and professional development programming, the beautification of our historic campus, and more. We are eternally grateful for your dedication and support.
F&M Giving and Recognition Societies
The Kite & Key Circle
Evoking the soaring kite and shining key associated with College namesake Benjamin Franklin’s most famous experiment, the Kite & Key Circle represents the vision, dedication and transformative impact of Franklin & Marshall’s most benevolent philanthropists. Kite & Key Circle members leave an indelible mark on the College, ensuring that the generosity of the College’s fervent champions upholds and elevates a legacy of excellence for generations to come.
Lux et Lex Society
In 1853, Franklin & Marshall College adopted Marshall’s motto, “Lex et Lux” (Law and Light), but reversed the words to reflect, in order, the achievements of inventor and founding father Benjamin Franklin and jurist John Marshall. The light, from the motto, and the cupola, representing the vision of the College, are shown on the medal for this society, expressing the exceptional impact of the philanthropic support provided by these esteemed supporters today and into the future.
Established in 1997, the Founders Society honors Benjamin Franklin as the first contributor to the College; his gift of 200 British pounds remains in the endowment today. Our most generous donors follow in Franklin’s footsteps and are inducted annually into the society. The College is deeply grateful to these donors for their unparalleled support for Franklin & Marshall College.
Tow'r and Bell Society
The phrase "tow'r and bell" is found in the second verse of the Franklin & Marshall alma mater — written more than 100 years ago — and is a fitting name for this group of exceptional supporters.
John Marshall Society
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Benjamin Franklin Society
Learn more about membership in The Benjamin Franklin Society.
Alumni who make gifts to the College in two or more consecutive years are eligible for membership. To sustain your membership, continue to make annual gifts to Franklin & Marshall College.