The 1865 Society
The 1865 Society, named in honor of Rider’s founding year, recognizes individuals who demonstrate an extraordinary degree of loyalty by giving to Rider each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
Gifts of any amount, to any area of Rider, given for five or more consecutive fiscal years count toward The 1865 Society participation, and are greatly appreciated.
Membership in The 1865 Society signifies being part of a special community of donors dedicated to shaping the future of Rider. It's a community making a difference to every area of Rider — from informed and creative teaching, student scholarships, cutting-edge research, and service to the community and society at large.
Regardless of the area you support each year, or how much you choose to give, the impact of your gifts is powerful. Collectively, annual gifts influence Rider’s ability to meet new opportunities and emerging needs while also honoring the timeless tradition of giving back.
How to Become a Member
When you give any amount to any area of Rider for five fiscal years in a row, you will be recognized for your generosity by The 1865 Society. In order to sustain membership and achieve new recognition levels, simply make a gift every fiscal year without interruption.
The 1865 Society is a vital community of Rider supporters, and the University is proud to acknowledge members at the following qualifying levels:
- Cum Laude — five to 14 years of consecutive giving
- Magna Cum Laude — 15 to 24 years of consecutive giving
- Summa Cum Laude — 25 or more years of consecutive giving
Rider is extremely grateful for the commitment 1865 Society members make each and every year. Recognition of loyal donors includes:
- Acknowledgement in the Honor Roll of Donors
- 1865 Society Certificate of Membership
- 1865 Society window decal
- Presentation of a lapel pin commemorating this milestone (15 or more years)
- Special recognition at select Rider events (15 or more years)
- Special recognition at select reunion events (25 or more years)
To make your gift on-line today, please visit alumni.rider.edu/give.
Membership is sustained as long as a gift is made to Rider every fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) without interruption. You can give to any school, athletics, scholarships, or any other area that interests you.
Participants who miss a fiscal year of giving to Rider have the opportunity to rejoin The 1865 Society through "buying back" giving years that were missed and resuming annual giving.
In this inaugural year, those wishing to buy back up to 10 years may do so for only $35 per year.
For questions about your prior giving history, please contact Andrea Jarvis in the Office of Annual Giving at 609-896-5219 or via e-mail at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
Is The 1865 Society only for Rider alumni?
No. The 1865 Society recognizes all Rider donors who give for five or more consecutive fiscal years.
Do donors need to give a certain amount every year to be a member of The 1865 Society?
No. Gifts of any amount count toward 1865 Society membership.
Do donors need to designate their gift to a certain area to be a member of The 1865 Society?
No. Gifts to any area of the University, including Westminster Choir College, count toward 1865 Society membership.
Will donors be given credit for giving years prior to 2014 when The 1865 Society was introduced?
Yes. Our donor database keeps track of past giving years, and donors will be recognized for those years. For example, if you have been giving to Rider every year since 1990, you will be recognized as a Summa Cum Laude member in The 1865 Society and honored for 25 years of consecutive giving.
What is the buyback program after the inaugural year?
Rider alumni members celebrating a reunion year who missed years of giving to Rider have the opportunity to rejoin The 1865 Society by “buying back” up to two fiscal years of giving that were missed and resuming annual giving. Years may be bought back at a rate of $35 per year.
Non-alumni parents, friends, faculty and staff of Rider may also buy back missed years of giving to rejoin The 1865 Society. Please contact Andrea Jarvis in the Office of Annual Giving at 609-896-5219 or via e-mail at [email protected] for more information.
Can I buy back years online?
Our system is not currently set-up to process buyback gifts online. Please contact Andrea Jarvis in the Office of Annual Giving at 609-896-5219 or via e-mail at [email protected].
If I’m in The 1865 Society, can I still be in other Rider donor recognition societies?
Yes. You can be in multiple donor societies at the same time.