Director of Annual Giving
Office of External Relations
One College Drive
Bennington, Vermont 05201
The Elizabeth J. Franklin Associates Society, which includes all donors to Bennington College who give $1,000 or more per year, for any purpose, was conceived to offer leadership donors the opportunity to have a substantial effect on—and more directly share in—the life of the College.
Last year alone, Associate-level gifts accounted for 79 percent of all dollars raised. These leadership donations provide Bennington with the necessary funding to attract and retain superior faculty, to offer outstanding and deserving students scholarship assistance, to introduce innovative educational programming, and to continue campus renewal efforts.
How Do I Become an Associate?
Join the Associates Society by making a gift at any one of the following giving levels. If you have questions or would like to discuss your giving options, please call 800-598-2979 or email Ellen Janis.
- President’s Circle Associate ($25,000 and higher)
- Patron Associate ($10,000–$24,999)
- Sponsoring Associate ($5,000–$9,999)
- Founding Associate ($2,500–$4,999)
- Associate ($1,000–$2,499)
If you would like to join this group of donors but cannot make an outright gift at the Associate level, consider making your annual gift in smaller installments throughout our fiscal year. Learn more about recurring gifts. To determine if your, or your spouse’s, employer will double—even triple—your gift, learn more about matching gifts.
Who Was Elizabeth J. Franklin?
The Elizabeth J. Franklin Associates Society honors one of the College’s earliest and firmest supporters. The land on which Bennington stands was part of the farmstead on which Mrs. Franklin was born and which she and the Jennings family donated to the College. She was one of the signers of the College charter, an active trustee for 25 years, and chairman of the board for 10 of those years. Throughout Bennington’s history and her life, Mrs. Franklin generously supported and fought for the advancement of the College.