The Society of Families

Since 1824, Rensselaer has been dedicated to instructing our students in “the application of science to the common purposes of life.” Our historic mission and our core academic strengths are what make a Rensselaer education so relevant today.

Gifts to the Rensselaer Annual Fund are essential to this mission. Each year more than 1,200 families of Rensselaer students support the Rensselaer Annual Fund. These dollars directly impact your student’s time on campus.

Your annual gift of $2,500 or more to the Rensselaer Annual Fund qualifies you for membership in the Society of Families, and gives you a stake in the future of our students and in the future of Rensselaer.  Parents of seniors, learn about how you can commemorate your student’s graduation with an ECAV paver.

Please join us and make a difference today. Membership in the Society of Families provides the opportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events. Your gift also qualifies you for membership in the prestigious Annual Patroon Society at Rensselaer.


There are many ways to contribute to the success of our students, including becoming a parent volunteer.  If you are interested in making a gift, joining this dedicated committee of volunteers, or for more information about the Society of Families, please contact:

Susan Perkins, J.D.
Senior Advancement Officer, Parents Program
(518) 276-2690


Pat McCarthy and Karl Kaltenbach

Rensselaer is an important part of our family, and that is why we choose to give.


Pat McCarthy '76, P'15 and
Karl Kaltenbach '77, P'15
Chairs, Society of Families