The Ephraim Williams Society

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A planned gift and bequest recognition society for Williams College

The Ephraim Williams Society recognizes alumni, spouses, parents and friends who have established planned gift arrangements with Williams or included the college in their estate plans. All are welcome to join. Please call the Office of Gift Planning if you would like information or assistance as you prepare your own estate plans.

Carl Vogt '58“The members of the Ephraim Williams Society are the college’s nuclear family. By including a legacy gift in their plans, they are honoring Williams as a part of their closest circle and affirming their commitment to the college of the future. I look forward to continuing to build this inner circle of alumni and friends who have the vision to plant a seed that will bear fruit for Williams in years to come.”

Carl Vogt '58, Williams President Emeritus
Chair, the Ephraim Williams Society

Membership in The Ephraim Williams Society is purely honorary, carries no obligations and is open to all friends who have demonstrated their commitment to the College’s future by establishing life income gifts (pooled income funds, charitable remainder trusts, or gift annuities), or by including Williams in their wills, trusts or as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or donor advised fund. No gift minimum or proof of bequest intention is required. All are welcome!

Access our easy membership application (print and mail) or access on-line 

For more information, call the Office of Gift Planning (413) 597-3538, toll-free (877) 374-7526, or e-mail us at

Annual Ephraim Williams Society Breakfast 

The Office of Gift Planning sponsors an annual appreciation breakfast on the Friday morning of Reunion Weekend to celebrate and recognize the generosity of alumni and friends who have followed in Ephraim Williams’ footsteps by investing in this fine college and its future. All Reunion attendees and Ephraim Williams Society members are invited. The recognition continues in the afternoon with free ice cream courtesy of The Ephraim Williams Society.

View photos from our 2017 Ephraim Williams Society breakfast here as well as a few photos from the ice cream cart!