Theophilus C. Abbot Society
Theophilus C. Abbot Society recognizes the generosity of donors who make a commitment between $250,000 and $499,999 to MSU or a documented planned gift of at least $500,000. In addition, Abbott Society donors are permanently enshrined in the pillars of Benefactors Plaza.
Abbot, MSU president from 1862 to 1885, was a revered scholar on campus. He arrived in 1857 to assume a professorship in English literature, but over the years he was called on to teach no fewer than 17 other subjects at the college. When he assumed the presidency, the future of the college was anything but certain. Abbot, however, was able to maintain the prestige of the nation's first agricultural college by establishing a curriculum of "scientific agriculture." An ordained Congregational minister, Abbot fought the battles necessary to ensure that the college gained enrollments and critical appropriations from the government.
Donors contributing at this level continue Abbot's efforts by providing a critical financial edge necessary to maintain a high level of innovation in academic as well as non-academic areas of the University. Abbot level contributors are invited to exclusive engagements on campus as well as the largest and most significant events held for society donors each year. In addition, mailings throughout the year will inform Abbot level donors of opportunities to be involved in many other aspects of campus life.
Recognition at the Theophilus C. Abbot Society level typically includes all gifts received prior to making a pledge at this level and may include company matching contributions. Pledges are fulfilled within one-to-five years. Planned gifts are documented in writing. A planned gift may be combined with cash gifts and pledges to qualify for Abbot Society recognition.
It is MSU's privilege to provide each Abbot Society level donor with a distinctive and personalized memento, recognition in an issue of the MSU Alumni Magazine, complimentary quarterly issues of the MSU Alumni Magazine if not received through membership in the MSU Alumni Association, and the donor-focused magazine Developments. Donors may also be recognized by college or unit-based programs to which they contribute.
For more information on the Abbot Society membership, please call University Development at (517) 884-1000 and ask to speak to a special gifts officer.