The Eliot Society is a group of committed supporters who inform the college of their intention to name Reed as a beneficiary in their will or trust, or those who have made a planned gift to the college. This tradition of generosity reaches back to Reed's roots—the college itself was established through a bequest from the estates of Simeon and Amanda Reed in 1908.
As the college celebrates its centennial, many alumni, parents, and friends are considering joining the Eliot Society. Members are honored guests at college events and receive periodic information from the college, as a courtesy, about charitable planning or tax and estate law changes. Reed honors all donor requests for anonymity.
By naming Reed as a beneficiary of their will or trust, or by establishing a life income gift, members make a commitment to the college that reflects their aspirations for Reed’s future, just as Simeon and Amanda Reed did when they established the college in their will.
You can join the Eliot Society or ask a question about estate planning by clicking here.
The society is named for Thomas Lamb Eliot, who first suggested to Simeon and Amanda Reed that they use their financial resources to found an institution of learning in Portland. Eliot chaired the five-member board of trustees that organized Reed College and set it on course to become the preeminent liberal arts and sciences college it is today.
Over 700 alumni, parents, and friends of Reed are members of the Eliot Society.