The 1209 Society

Established in 1998, The 1209 Society honors and acknowledges the many generous benefactors in the US who recognize the importance of the University of Cambridge and its thirty-one Colleges through their estate planning.

When you notify us that you've included your College and/or the University in your estate plan — by returning a response card, telling a gift officer, filling out a form, or sending us an email/letter — it is known as a bequest intention. This is all it takes for us to invite you to become a lifetime member of The 1209 Society.

Membership includes:

  • Invitations to special events
  • Recognition certificate ( signed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cambridge in America)
  • Bi-annual newsletter and e-newsletter
  • Listing in The 1209 Society Roll of Honor (a bound book listing honorees kept by the University)

Planned gifts are a crucial source of support for Cambridge and its Colleges. Documenting your bequest — by providing further details such as the purpose, the amount, and structure of the gift — helps us keep a record of your intentions, inspires others, assists with our long-term planning efforts and gives us the opportunity to thank you!

Documentation does not make your gift irrevocable or binding and the information is kept in strictest confidence. To document your bequest and become a member of The 1209 Society, please let us know by completing our form, or if you’d like to provide us with more information, complete this document and send it to

Thank you to all of you who have chosen to include Collegiate Cambridge in your estate plans.