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Giving Societies

Charles William Eliot Society

Named for Harvard's longest serving president, the Charles William Eliot Society recognizes those who make leadership-level contributions to the HGSE Fund. As our philanthropic leaders, Charles William Eliot Society members support the future of education practice, policy, and student accessibility at HGSE.

All donors of $1,000 or more to the HGSE Fund in a given year are members of the Charles William Eliot Society. Additionally, HGSE graduates of the previous ten years who give $500 or more, or current HGSE students who give $250 or more, become members.

The 1920 Society

Named for the year the Harvard Graduate School of Education was founded, this society was started in HGSE’s centennial year of 2020 to honor our loyal supporters at all levels. Everyone who makes consecutive yearly gifts to the school, of any amount is part of the 1920 Society.

The Paul Hanus Society

Established in 1994, the Paul Hanus Society at HGSE was created to honor alumni and friends of the school who have provided support for the school through life income plans, bequests, or other planned giving arrangements.

The Society is named in honor of Paul Henry Hanus (1855-1941), a pioneer in the field of education and the first appointed faculty member in education at Harvard University. Professor Hanus came to Harvard in 1891 and began laying the groundwork for the establishment of the Graduate School of Education. In this spirit, the Paul Hanus Society recognizes and encourages those who, like Professor Hanus, help to ensure the HGSE's continued excellence through financial strength and stability.

For more information on these societies and their benefits, please call 617-496-3605 or email