Campaign to Secure Our Future

Bring Engaging Young Leaders to the Aspen Institute

The SOF Leadership Fund is an endowed scholarship that allows diverse young leaders to engage in the Institute's seminars, programs, and events. The earnings from this endowed fund will support general scholarships, enabling the Institute to apply funds across a range of programs where they are needed most.

The Institute is grateful to the following Society of Fellows members who have generously contributed to the SOF Leadership Fund:

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Kay Allaire
Kathleen and John Buck
Nancy and Clint Carlson
Kelly Close
Dale Coudert
Penny and Jim Coulter
Jane and Marshall Crouch
Sean Dalesandro
Alex Dell
Nanette and Jerry Finger
Susan and Richard Finkelstein
Jan and Ron Greenberg
Juliane Heyman
Nike Irvin
Dorothy Jacobs
Mary and Thomas Allen James
Warren Jones

Ann P. and Stephen M. Kaufman
Joan Lebach
Marlene and Frederic V. Malek
Mary and Garrett Moran
Morgridge Family Foundation
Stephanie and Michael Naidoff
David L. Nevins
Patricia M. Papper
Hensley and James Peterson
Anne and Arnold Porath
Rodan Family Philanthropic Fund
Linda and Jay Sandrich
Mary and David Solomon
Curt Strand
Barry and Evelyn Strauch
Phyllis Taylor
Jennifer Causing and Peter Waanders


Benefits and Recognition

The Aspen Institute welcomes gifts of any amount to the Society of Fellows Leadership Fund. Opportunities associated with particular giving levels are outlined below:

All gifts

  • Inclusion in a Scholars & Scholarships Campaign Donor Honor Roll published in the Aspen Institute’s Annual Report and displayed on digital screens on the Institute’s Aspen campus, as well as in a special framed list in the Institute’s Washington, DC office
  • Additional recognition in Society of Fellows donor listings with a gold Aspen leaf or other distinguishing feature printed next to each donor’s name until the Campaign's conclusion in 2016
  • Invitation to a special finale reception to celebrate a successful Campaign

Beginning at $25,000

All of the above, plus:

  • Commemorative, elegant Aspen leaf lapel pin
  • Thank-you letters and testimonials from scholarship recipients
  • Personal copy of annual scholarship activity

Beginning at $50,000

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to receptions with scholarship recipients and SOF Leadership Fund donors
  • Invitation to trustee and special receptions at benefit dinners and other occasions until the Campaign’s conclusion in 2016
  • Special updates from Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson

Beginning at $100,000

All of the above, plus:

  • Verbal recognition at Society of Fellows events until the Campaign’s conclusion in 2016
  • Named seat in the Paepcke Auditorium, located on the Aspen campus in the Walter Paepcke Memorial Building
  • Invitation to small dinners with Walter Isaacson, Robert K. Steel, Chairman of the Board, or other members of the Aspen Institute Executive Committee