The Charles Martin Hall Society
A year after his 1885 graduation from Oberlin, Charles Martin Hall (1863-1914) developed a process for producing aluminum efficiently. This scientific advance led to the creation of the Aluminum Company of America (later ALCOA) and made Hall a very successful man. He left his alma mater a $10 million bequest — to date still the largest gift in the College's history. This supremely generous gift preserved Tappan Square, built Hall Auditorium, and substantially increased the College's endowment.
We honor Mr. Hall's philanthropy through the Charles Martin Hall Society, which all planned gift donors are invited to join. There are more than 1,000 such benefactors today. You can view a list of Society members here.
There are many ways to establish a planned gift. You can:
- include the College in your will or trust;
- name Oberlin as a beneficiary of your IRA or life insurance policy, or designate it as the successor in interest of your DAF or financial account;
- establish a life income gift such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable reminder trust
Our staff can help you consider these and other options.
Members of the Charles Martin Hall Society are deeply appreciated by the College, and are recognized through a welcome gift; an invitation to a donor reception during our annual Commencement/Reunion Weekend; and inclusion in a published list of members.
Most importantly, Society members are key partners in maintaining Oberlin's educational excellence for upcoming generations of students.
Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.