The 1749 Society

You may wish to support Downing because you feel that it was part of your passport to success in life and you want to give something back, or you want to help students deal with unexpected hardship, to ensure that no-one is denied opportunity for financial reasons, or you may choose to do so simply because you love the place.  Whatever your reasons, the College will be delighted if you make a provision for Downing in your will.

If you do include the College in your will, please let us know (click here for a legacy pledge form). This will help us to plan for the future and enable us to thank you for your support.  Any information you give us will be treated in confidence and does not involve you in any binding commitment.

If you are a member of Downing College and make a legacy pledge, we will recognise your generosity by inviting you to membership of the 1749 Society. The Society is exclusively for legacy donors, and its members receive an annual invitation from the Master to attend a special garden party. Members are also listed in the Annual List of Donors unless they prefer to remain anonymous.

All sizes of legacy are vital to the College's future.  We very much hope that you will wish to support the College in this way and to become a member of this exclusive and very special donors' society.

1749 Society Garden Party 1

1749 Society Garden Party 2

If you would like to see our legacy brochure, please click here, or if you would like to discuss leaving a legacy to the College, please contact Susan Esden, Senior Development Manager by email at or by telephone on 01223 334825.

Alumni & Development, Downing College, Cambridge CB2 1DQ. Telephone 01223 334850· Email