The Champlain Society logoThe Champlain Society

The Champlain Society (TCS), College of the Atlantic’s premier giving society, was created in 1988 to give appropriate recognition to those special friends who contribute $1,500 or more to the Annual Fund. The importance of annual giving is critical to the stability and ongoing operations of the college. Such support advances the college’s mission, ensures academic excellence, provides financial aid where needed, and enhances the maintenance and stewardship of the campus.

TCS giving levels:

President’s Circle $25,000+
Founder $10,000 to $24,999
Pathfinder $5,000 to $9,999
Discoverer $2,500 to $4,999
Explorer $1,500 to $2,499


In appreciation for the support of its members and to introduce new friends to the COA community, the Champlain Society hosts a variety of events throughout the summer that are designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, enhance opportunities for cultural engagement, and complement Mount Desert Island’s celebrated social environment.

The Champlain Society membership year begins on July 1 and runs through COA’s fiscal year end on June 30. Memberships are welcome throughout the year! Our special solicitation appeal is mailed in the spring with a summer calendar of special events.

Black Fly Society logoBlack Fly Society

Honoring COA’s mascot, The Black Fly Society was established to make donating easier and greener. We hope you’ll join this swarm of sustaining donors by setting up a monthly online gift. It’s the paperless way to give to COA. Go to Donate Now and under gift frequency select “monthly.”

Alumni Leadership Circle logoAlumni Leadership Circle

Alumni gifts are critical to College of the Atlantic. The Alumni Leadership Circle honors the generosity and philanthropic leadership of alumni who give $500 or more to COA. In appreciation for this support, the Alumni and Development Office offer special events to our ALC members.

The Northern Lights Society

The Northern Lights Society is an association for individuals who have made planned gifts to benefit COA. These gifts include bequests, charitable gift annuities, and gifts of life insurance, to name a few. Please give us a call at 207-801-5620 if you would like to join the Northern Lights Society.