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The Taylor Society


By 1878, Dr. Joseph Wright Taylor had been wrestling with the matter of the disposal of his growing estate for many years. His solution – the founding of a college for "female Friends" – took root in 1878 when he paid $53,500 for forty acres in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, land he earmarked for the new campus. Though Dr. Taylor died two years later, it was his generosity that made Bryn Mawr College a reality, and the doors to the College opened in 1885.

The Taylor Society was founded at Bryn Mawr to recognize those alumnae/i and friends who have participated in life-income arrangements; informed us of a bequest intention; or have made us the beneficiary of a retirement account. Over the past ten years, 40% all charitable contributions have come through a bequest or life income gift. The extraordinary foresight of these donors helps to assure the long-term financial strength of Bryn Mawr.

Your participation in the Taylor Society will continue a long tradition of philanthropy supporting academic excellence for women.