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1946 Legacy Partners

Building CMC's Future

1946 Legacy Partners recognizes alumni, parents, and friends of Claremont McKenna College for arranging an estate gift or a planned gift with the College. By becoming a 1946 Legacy Partner, you join the company of many who have helped to ensure the future of CMC and provide for forthcoming generations of CMCers.

1946 Legacy Partners is built on the inspirational partnership of students, faculty and administration existing from the College's early days, and the "can do" attitude of the WWII veterans who comprised the first classes at the College.

Becoming a Partner

You are eligible for membership in 1946 Legacy Partners if you have:

  • Provided for CMC in your estate
  • Funded a Life Income Agreement or other planned gift (charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, or remainder interest in a personal residence)

or have named CMC as a beneficiary of your:

  • IRA or other retirement plan
  • Life insurance policy

Your Impact on CMC's Success

Estate gifts and other planned gifts have a profound and lasting impact on scholarship, teaching, and research at CMC and are a critical source of financial strength and support for the College. Just as important, your membership in 1946 Legacy Partners will serve as an inspiration to all who share your vision for CMC's future.

How You Benefit

Membership in 1946 Legacy Partners offers numerous benefits. As a member, you are entitled to join Res Publica Society members in sharing many opportunities to participate in special College events featuring world-class speakers on campus and around the country and world.

In addition, funding a Life Income Agreement or other planned gift offers you numerous tax and income benefits such as:

  • Increased, tax-favored income
  • Avoiding or minimizing capital gain taxes
  • Avoiding or minimizing estate taxes
  • Charitable tax deductions
  • Providing adequately for loved ones

Most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a significant impact on CMC and, through it's students, the world beyond CMC.

1946 Legacy Partners has more than 400 living members, including those who choose to remain anonymous all requests for anonymity will be strictly honored). Click here to view a list of members who joined this year, or here for a list of all members.

Ensure that CMC Can Carry Out Your Dreams

An important step in ensuring that CMC can carry out your charitable goals and dreams is to share a few of the details of your intended estate gift. Telling the College about the intended purpose of your gift allows CMC to confirm our ability to implement your gift or work with you to resolve any potential implementation issues.

Estate Gift Confirmation Form

To share details of your estate gift intention, please contact the Office of Planned Giving to visit with a member of the staff, or go to the planned giving website and complete the on-line Estate Gift Confirmation Form.

Operation Rockpile

Operation Rockpile may have best exemplified the inspirational partnership of the College's early days when students, faculty and even President George Benson came together in an ongoing series of rock-clearing parties to rid the campus of the ever-present "Claremont potatoes" (rocks). The school paper The Analyst even speculated on whether Pomona's P.E. department would grant credit for these rock-clearing efforts.