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The Cistern Society

Estate gifts are among the highest complements that donors can pay to organizations that they care about. The College of Charleston is honored to be included in the personal legacies of its supporters. The Cistern Society honors those alumni, faculty and friends who preserve the College of Charleston tradition for generations to come through an estate gift.

Planned gifts leave a legacy that allows future students to experience the joy of an unparalleled education in the liberal arts and sciences. The name was chosen because the Cistern, at the center of the campus, has served as the heart of the College for generations.

Save the Date: 2014 luncheon

The 2014 Cistern Society Luncheon will be held February 8, 2014 at 12 p.m. at the Avery Research Center on 125 Bull Street in Charleston. Cocktails will be served at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Paula Ruth at

2013 Cistern Society luncheon recap

Every year the Cistern Society honors its donors with a luncheon. This year, the luncheon was  hosted by Provost George Hynd at the Avery Research Center. Scholarship recipients Neah Baechler '15 and Paige Wallace '13 shared inspiring stories of their experiences at the College and what the College has prepared them for in life.  Avery Research Center Director Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane provided an exciting overview of the history of the Avery Research Center and its value to the College of Charleston and the greater community today.

Guests also had the opportunity to tour the center and visit the first classroom in the Avery Normal School. Each attendee received a Palmetto Rose as a remembrance of the event.

Let Us Help You

If you would like additional information on making a planned gift or on being recognized and thanked by the Cistern Society, please contact David Masich, Director of Gift Planning at, or Paula Ruth at

Want to get in touch?

David Masich

Director of Gift Planning

Phone:  (843) 953-1835

66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29455

Leaving a legacy

Eric and Lee Cox

Eric and Lee love the College. They want future students to have the same great, life-shaping experiences they did, so they decided their legacy at the College would support the School of Business. More about their story »