The 1789 Society is Georgetown University’s most distinguished fellowship. Its members are individuals and organizations that are examples to the entire Georgetown family. Those who are part of the 1789 Society subscribe to the ideals of Georgetown’s founder, Bishop John Carroll, including faith, service, and intellectual inquiry in the Jesuit tradition. Membership in the 1789 Society acknowledges Georgetown’s most generous benefactors—individuals, families, corporations, foundations and organizations that have contributed $1 million or more to the university.
Through their leadership and vision, society members help support academic endeavors that allow the university to attract the most talented students and scholars, provide the resources needed to enact positive global change, and secure and strengthen Georgetown’s position among the finest institutions of higher education in the world.
Each year, the university inducts these distinguished philanthropists into the 1789 Society during the Convocation ceremony.
Georgetown is deeply grateful to the 1789 Society members for their remarkable generosity.