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Donor Relations

Giving Societies

York College annual, legacy, and lifetime giving societies

York College’s Legacy, Lifetime, & Annual Giving Societies are comprised of donors who enhance the resources and opportunities of York students by way of their generous contributions. These Giving Societies honor the strong partnership between donors and the College, as so many alumni, faculty/staff, and friends within the community contribute to York’s mission annually.

Membership levels are based on donors’ total gift amount each fiscal year. See below to learn more about the various benefits associated with each giving society. 


York College’s Legacy Society recognizes our generous friends who have named York College in their estate plans or by making endowment gifts.

Legacy Society Members

  • Arthur & Anita Asch Charitable Gift Fund
  • Eugene & Judith Bassin
  • Elena Borstein
  • Barbara & Collin E.M. Brathwaite
  • Hycinth A. Sarby ‘95
  • Robert Champer ‘81
  • Esther B. Clarke
  • May-Loo Dai
  • Angelo E. Gousse ‘86
  • Doris Houston
  • Che-Taso & Ester Huang
  • Marcia V. Keizs
  • Joann Lee ‘86
  • Leslie A. Lewis
  • Shirley E. Ostholm
  • Lorraine A. Patten ‘79
  • George E. Polanco ‘81
  • Peter Ranis
  • Lynne B. Richards
  • Victor E. Richards ‘79
  • Peter Scheiner
  • Lucienne J. Serrano
  • Sanjiv Sharma
  • Dolores A. Swirin-Yao
  • Margaret R. Vendryes
  • Gloria F. Waldman
  • Beverly Williams ‘95

Bassin Circle Membership: $50,000+ Lifetime Giving

Named after the founding President of York College, Milton G. Bassin, the Bassin Circle is York College’s prestigious lifetime giving society. The Bassin Circle consists of alumni and friends who have left a permanent mark on the York College community by donating cumulative gifts of $50,000 or more to York College.

In addition to the honor of maintaining this lifetime giving status, Bassin Circle members can enjoy these exclusive opportunities:

  • Invitation to President’s Luncheon
  • Receive a special York College gift
  • Admission to invite-only stewardship events
  • Receive special recognition at Institutional Advancement events
  • Personal visit from a York College administration member
  • Recognition in York College Foundation and President’s Annual publications
  • Receive periodic electronic communications
  • Listing on any online donor reports (unless otherwise requested)

Cardinal Club Member: $5 - $499 Annual Giving

In honor of their generous annual support of York College, Cardinal Club donors can enjoy these exclusive opportunities:

  • Receive periodic electronic communications
  • Listing on any online donor reports (unless otherwise requested)


Give By Mail or Phone

To make a gift by mail:

Fill out the Donation Form with the Gift Designation completed and mail it in with your check or credit card information to :

York College / The City University of New York
Office of Institutional Advancement 
STE: AC-2H03
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 
Jamaica, NY 11451

To make a gift by phone:

Call 718-262-3810