The Champlain Society logoThe Champlain Society - Join Now

The Champlain Society was established in 1988 to honor College of the Atlantic’s most generous donors. Member support is critical to enhancing our academic program and providing students with opportunities to innovate, learn, discover, and apply their education in real-world settings.

Click here to view the FY 2023 membership list (includes members from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.)

Champlain Society giving levels:

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


*Starting on July 1, 2024, membership for The Champlain Society will begin at $2,500. During this transition year, membership for fiscal year 2024 will also be granted for gifts of $1,500 or more made through June 30, 2024.

The Champlain Society hosts a variety of special 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 annual Champlain Society appeal is mailed in the spring with a summer calendar of special events, including the Summer Institute and Coffee & Conversation

Benefits of Champlain Society membership:

  • Invitations to premier summer events, such as The Champlain Society cocktail reception, special lectures, boat trips, and other excursions with COA’s president and members of the faculty
  • Early registration for the Summer Institute
  • Preferred seating at select events
  • Name recognition in publications, online, and COA event calendars
  • Subscription to the COA Magazine
  • News and special announcements from the college

Additional benefits of President’s Circle membership ($25,000 or more):

  • Invitation to the President’s Circle dinner each summer

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!


Black Fly Society logoBlack Fly Society - Join Now

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. Click here, and under gift frequency select “monthly.” 

To update or change the credit card details for your recurring gift, please enter your information here like you are signing up for a new recurring gift, and then email development@coa.edu to confirm you have updated your credit card details. We will then cancel your previous gift and replace it with the new recurring gift.

Click here to view the FY 2023 membership list (includes members from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.)


Alumni Leadership Circle logoAlumni Leadership Circle - Join Now

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

Click here to view the FY 2023 membership list (includes members from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.)


The Northern Lights Society

NLS logoThe Northern Lights Society honors 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 contact the Dean of Institutional Advancement at 207-801-5620 for more information or to join the Northern Lights Society.

Click here to view the FY 2023 membership list (includes members from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.)


College of the Atlantic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID#23-7032625). Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.