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The Pergola Society

The Pergola Society

Established in 1991 by the Hood College Board of Trustees, the Hood College Pergola Society honors those alumnae, alumni, and friends who notify the College that they have arranged for Hood to receive a gift upon their death. These very special gifts come in the form of a bequest in your will or the remainder value of a life income planned gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust. If you plan to make, or have already made Hood a beneficiary of your will or planned gift, we would be delighted to hear from you so we can invite you to join the Society.

The generosity and foresight of Pergola Society members has helped make it possible for Hood to maintain the same high standard of excellence today as when the College was founded in 1893. Since the Pergola Society was established in 1991, the College has received more than $60 million in bequests.

Pergola Society gifts are the lifeblood of the College and have helped many dreams become reality. Scholarships, academic programs, residence hall maintenance and renovation have all benefited from the largesse of this select group of individuals.

If your estate plans include Hood, please notify us so that we have the opportunity to thank you personally. Some of our members prefer not to have their name listed as a Pergola Society member and may choose to remain anonymous.

If you would like to join, simply call us at 301-696-3513 or email

Upon acceptance, you will receive a Pergola Society pin and be invited to a reception with the president during reunion weekend.

How do I make a planned gift to Hood?

If you would like to discuss making a planned gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust, please phone the Office of Institutional Advancement at (800) 707-5280, option 7, and Teresa May, Ph.D., Director of Gift Planning, will be happy to discuss your options with you.

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