"There is no date in the history of the California Institute of Technology more significant than March 9, 1926, the first meeting of the California Institute Associates."
—Robert Andrews Millikan, co-founder of the modern Caltech
Welcome to the Caltech Associates. This vibrant community helps to address the world's most complex scientific and societal problems through its commitment to supporting education and research at Caltech.
Since the founding of the Caltech Associates in 1926, the group's collective efforts have seeded groundbreaking innovations and helped elevate the impact of Caltech science and engineering. Members have contributed funds toward 37 campus buildings, 52 endowed professorships, and countless fellowships and scholarships—so far. Today, more than 2,000 members help to provide Caltech's faculty and students with the resources and the freedom to advance transformative discoveries.
A Special Community
Intellectually curious and globally focused, Caltech Associates members are passionate about being part of solutions that will shape the future. They know that investing in Caltech yields powerful results.
The Caltech Associates plays a valuable role fostering close connections among the worlds of academia, science, engineering, business, and philanthropy, and draws a broad and diverse range of people into the Caltech community.
Members of the Caltech Associates include business and community leaders; Caltech alumni and faculty; local, regional, and international philanthropists; and friends of the Institute. They can choose to participate in the group at a variety of membership levels.
The Caltech Associates Experience
In Southern California, Northern California, and New York, Associates members attend stimulating programs that feature Caltech faculty, students, and alumni discussing leading-edge research. The Caltech Associates also provides members with invaluable opportunities to meet, network, and socialize with lifelong learners like themselves.
In addition to an exciting slate of year-round events, the Associates offers members the opportunity to travel with Caltech's world-renowned researchers. Whether faculty are leading an international excursion or a daylong field trip, they share their expertise with Caltech Associates for an enriching learning experience.
Caltech is changing the world. Be part of it. Join the Associates.