become a sustainerSustainers make recurring credit card gifts to the Annual Fund, providing a dependable funding source to the college and reducing fundraising costs so more of their gifts go directly to supporting Macalester students. You can set this up easily by using our secure online giving form. Macalester’s goal is to have 2,000 Sustainers supporting the college. You can also stop your gift at any time.
Become a Sustainer

Why should I become a Sustainer?

Sustainers maximize the value of their gifts to Macalester while minimizing the impact on their personal lives. Your gift is on-going, which means that your “to do” list never includes a reminder to support current Macalester students with a gift, so you will receive fewer phone calls and mailings from the Annual Fund. You also won’t feel the pinch in your pocketbook from a lump sum donation.

How do Sustainers help Macalester?

  • Fewer college resources are devoted to gift processing.
  • You will help Mac achieve its sustainability goals by eliminating more than five pieces of paper, 10 envelopes, and the subsequent fossil fuels required to reach each individual donor.
  • You help save more than $20,000 in fundraising costs (mailing, postage, and staff), which can be re-directed to support our student’s greatest needs.
  • Your dollars go directly into programs that support the entire college and every faculty member.

How it works

become a sustainerSet up a recurring credit card gift, at an interval and amount of your choice ($5 minimum please), and your gift will arrive on time every time without the stress of remembering to give. The gift is on-going, which means the college will process your gift transaction automatically at the time interval you’ve indicated. You can stop or change the amount at any time.

What’s in it for Sustainers?

  • Invitations to special Sustainers-only events.
  • Special recognition and campus engagement opportunities.
  • An annual call from a current student to chat about what’s happening at Mac.
  • Complete control over your giving.
  • Sustainers make Macalester more efficient and free more money for students.

Considering becoming a Grand Society donor?

Becoming a Sustainer can make it feasible for more people to become Annual Fund Grand Society donors.  You can join one of Macalester’s leadership giving societies by giving monthly at the following levels:

Giving Level

Monthly Contribution

Yearly Amount

Glen Level



Scot Level



Tartan Level



Highland Level



Piper Level