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International Leadership Society

The International Leadership Society (ILS) recognizes the generosity of Columbia College's alumni and parents abroad. Members of this leadership giving society support the Columbia College Fund at a leadership level, elevating the voices of the College's international partners.

Currently, only 1.5 percent of the College's international alumni make leadership-level gifts. The ILS will help close this philanthropic gap and leave a lasting legacy at the College by bringing together this community and providing them with greater opportunities to engage and stay connected.


You are invited to join the ILS with a commitment of $15,000, payable over three years, and an annual contribution of $5,000 thereafter to maintain membership.

Recent and young alumni may join the ILS with a comparable philanthropic commitment.


• Membership in the John Jay Associates and corresponding benefits

Opportunity to become an “International Leadership Society Founding Member” if commitment is made before June 30, 2025

Two exclusive virtual lectures per year from esteemed Columbia faculty members

Access to Columbia+, Columbia University’s online platform to engage alumni and learners from around the world through non-degree, non-credit courses; events (live-streamed and recorded); and podcasts

Recognition on the International Leadership Society website

Newsletter featuring member stories