About the Society
|Annie Clarkson was born December 21, 1856 in Potsdam. Known as "Miss Annie" (a term of endearment of the time) she was instrumental in founding Clarkson University in 1896 in memory of her uncle, Thomas, and later was crucial to its survival. Annie was the first Secretary on the Board of Trustees, serving from 1894-1929, and was the closest family member in the development of the school. In 1922, Annie gave a large tract of land to the west of Holcroft House for use as an athletic field (now Snell Field) and in 1927 she gave 600 acres of former Clarkson family estate lands to the college. Her dream was to see the college relocated to the hill. In that same year, she|
deeded over Holcroft House, her ancestral home, where she lived most of her life. At Annie’s death on October 2, 1929, the bulk of her estate came to the College, valued at over $1.2 million (over $16.5 million in 2016 dollars).
Clarkson University established the “Miss Annie Society” in 1993 to carry forward Annie’s passionate philanthropic journey and to honor all those who plan deferred gifts to Clarkson. In 2007, the society was renamed the “Annie Clarkson Society” to better reflect Annie’s dynamic role as a founder and visionary of the University.
Annie’s philanthropic example included more than just an estate gift. She also made annual gifts and volunteered her time, and she made larger gifts to special projects and unconventional gifts such as real estate. So in 2011 the Annie Society grew again to better serve Clarkson and honor all of Annie’s life and example. Our education and service mission grew to include outright as well as deferred gift planning strategies. Now we may also serve and educate a younger generation dealing with new economic realities and just beginning to explore their philanthropy. Formerly, members of the Society embraced our mission and created lifelong relationships with Clarkson through their estate plans. Now the Society also offers membership to those who have created lifelong relationships at Clarkson by establishing endowments at the University.
The mission of the Annie Clarkson Society is to ensure the Clarkson experience for students today and tomorrow. The Society recognizes as members alumni, parents and friends who have planned a deferred gift or created an endowment for Clarkson. The Society encourages and helps others consider outright and deferred gift strategies through service and education programs. The Annie Society allows us to join Annie through our own individual philanthropic legacies as together we ensure the Clarkson experience.