Our society of benefactors to the College allows us to recognise and honour major donors during their lifetime.

The 1596 Foundation provides an opportunity for the College to expand its community, and brings Fellows together with those who are helping maintain the College's proud traditions as well as ensuring our future. We believe relationships of this kind bring lasting benefits to Sidney.

The name of the 1596 Foundation was chosen in celebration of our first benefactor, Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex, who provided in her will for the foundation in Cambridge of 'some good and godlie moniment for the mainteynance of good learninge' to bear her name. The foundation deed of Sidney Sussex College was signed on 14 February 1596, seven years after Lady Frances' death.

We are honoured to invite our 1596 Foundation Members to a dedicated annual event to express our gratitude and we recognise their support in the College Annual each year. 

For more information about the 1596 Foundation, please contact the Development Director.