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The Blaisdell Society


The Blaisdell Society is named after James Blaisdell, CGU's founding president. It was his vision of a consortium of educational institutions that led to the creation of the Claremont Colleges, one of the nation's greatest educational centers.

The Blaisdell Society consists of individuals who have made estate commitments or trust agreements with Claremont Graduate University. It is through the generous support of these alumni and friends that CGU has become and remains one of the nation's greatest graduate institutions.

How to become a member
Membership is offered to all individuals and couples who let us know, via a copy of the relevant bequest section, or trust document, that they have included CGU in their estate plans or as a beneficiary of another type of planned gift, regardless of the amount.

These gift commitments may include any of the following:

Benefits of membership
Members of the Blaisdell Society are invited to annual fall and spring events held in their honor. Hosted at cultural and educational institutions throughout the Los Angeles area and on CGU’s campus, these events encourage interaction with faculty and students, especially among those who will benefit from your gift.

How planned gifts are used
The purposes of planned gifts vary widely. Gifts may support:

  • Student fellowships
  • Professorships
  • Visiting lectureships
  • Research and equipment funds
  • Other uses vital to the university's continued excellence

Undesignated gifts are especially valuable, and can be directed to an area of greatest need, providing an important source of future strength. Many contributors with a vision of the future have created unrestricted endowment funds through a deferred gift to benefit their favorite CGU school, department, or program.

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Join your peers in supporting CGU
Learn how becoming a member of the Blaisdell Society touches lives at CGU.

Publication and confidentiality
Membership in the Blaisdell Society may be published from time to time. Any details about gifts are held in the strictest confidence. Members may request anonymity.

More information
Please contact Claremont Graduate University at or (909) 621-8027 for more information.