The Yale Club of Cincinnati

Welcome to the website of the Cincinnati Yale Club, the oldest Yale alumni association in the country (founded in 1864). The CYC has over 150 active members representing all classes of undergraduate and graduate degrees. The club sponsors many social and enriching events during the year as well as jointly sponsors events with other Ivy League alumni groups.

The purpose of the club is to:

  • promote friendship and continued learning among local Yale alumni;
  • enhance ties between Yale and its local alumni;
  • help Yale attract, evaluate, matriculate, and support highly qualified applicants from local secondary schools; and
  • promote and enhance the reputation of Yale within the Greater Cincinnati community.


The Cincinnati Yale Club celebrated its 150 Anniversary with special guest Peter Salovey, President of Yale University, in September 2014.

To view photos from our 150th anniversary celebration, please click here.


Yale University and the AYA do not endorse and are not responsible for the content of this website.

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Federal 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status

Great News! The Club’s 501(c)(3) application has been approved.  One of the primary benefits of being tax-exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3) is the ability to accept contributions and donations that are tax-deductible to the donor (for amounts in excess of the value of the goods or services received, e.g., the cost of a dinner).  Additional benefits include, but are not limited to:

*   Ability to apply for
*   exemption from state corporate income taxes (in addition to federal);
*   exemption from state sales and property taxes;
*   grants and other public or private allocations available only to IRS-recognized, 501(c)(3) organizations; and
*   Eligibility for discounts on US Postal bulk-mail rates and other services.

Historically, the CYC has relied on membership fees (and a few generous, event-specific sponsorship donations) to fund ongoing operations in order to fulfill our mission statement of providing a medium through which Yale alumni can contribute to both the university and the local community.  As with many non-profit entities, the CYC’s endeavors have been dampened by budgetary constraints.  Now that our members and patrons have the ability to make tax-deductible donations to the CYC, we will be able to expand the purview of our efforts.

This is where you come in.  I urge you to find the earmark in your own budget to make a donation to the CYC this year and to include the CYC in your ongoing charitable plans.  To that end, donations can sent to:

Cincinnati Yale Club
c/o Mr. Charlie Harte, Treasurer
8363 Shadowpoint Court
Cincinnati, OH 45242

For donations in excess of $250, the Club will mail or email you an acknowledgment of receipt.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and commitment to the Cincinnati Yale Club.

Boola Boola!

Michael Hurley

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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn: The Nature Conservancy
Location: The Taft Center (425 Walnut St, Downtown)

All Ivy alumni, friends and guests are invited to join the Cincinnati Yale Club as two Yale School of Forestry alumni describe their work at The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and throughout the world, including research and communications on energy production, and the role of nature in solving challenges for people. Dr. Anne Trainor and Bill Stanley will also discuss their training at Yale School of Forestry, and how these experiences shaped their decisions and careers. Enter a discussion about recent conservation successes, ongoing challenges, new ideas, and The Nature Conservancy’s future efforts. This special event will be held at the Taft Center (425 Walnut St. – enter on Fifth St., opposite Fountain Square and take escalator to second floor, right above FedEx/Kinko’s). Price: $16.00 (includes box lunch and beverages); $9.00 for students and recent alums; special discount for CYC members who pay 2018 dues; no charge if no lunch order, but please register for that option specifically so we can account for space needs. Walk-ins and registration after March 15 are welcome, but lunch cannot be guaranteed. To register and purchase tickets visit for full details. Contact Barbara Wagner with questions.


Magavet to Perform at Cedar Village

When: Thursday, March 22,

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Cedar Village, 5467 Cedar Village Drive, Mason, OH – in the CRCC

Magavet, one of the nation’s premiere Jewish a cappella singing groups, composed of Yale undergraduate students, is known for its sweet blend of voices, unique arrangements and lighthearted sense of humor. The group’s repertoire ranges from modern Israeli pop tunes and Renaissance choral works to Yiddish folk tunes and Zionist classics.

Attendance is free.

Sponsored by The Cedar Village Harkavy and Berg Funds in partnership with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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2017 Annual Meeting & Dinner

Fellow Elis,

I hope you can attend the upcoming CYC Annual Meeting and Dinner.  You can register to attend by clicking here.  When registering, you can kill two birds with one stone by paying for your annual dues in addition to the dinner.  Further, the CYC relies on its most-giving members to sponsor the event.  Please consider doing so this year (sponsorships can be effected through the Eventbrite link and will be demarcated in the pamphlet circulated at the meeting).

This past year has seen quite a few watershed events – both on campus in New Haven and in American politics.  No matter where you come down on the positive or negative aspects of the foregoing, we hope that you have been heartened by the uptick in the activity of your Cincinnati Yale Club.

As a brief summary, in addition to some of our stalwart events like the the H-Y football game viewing party, admitted student reception and monthly Cincy Young Ivy happy hours, we added a family-friendly winter event that will continue annually in order to facilitate participation of our members with young(er) children.  This summer we plan to revive the State of the City event and have slated the Yale Day of Service Event at a wonderful organization – Dress for Success Cincinnati (please make every effort to attend – details can be found on our and the AYA websites).  In the year to come, the CYC will continue to extend the purview of its activities through our own events, and by partnering with the other Ivy alumni clubs and local organizations.  Your (unpaid) board of directors donates a lot of time and effort into executing the various programs.  So, if you have traditionally only made it to the annual dinner, please find the time to make it to an additional event or two.  Each is an opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with those with which you may have lost contact.

To enable the CYC to undertake the aforementioned endeavors, though, we need your help.  First, every dollar of membership dues goes towards funding the events.  To purloin WVXU’s fundraising admonition, a relatively de minimis amount of money from many individuals within a large base can and does have significant impact.  Second, we are applying for 501(c)(3) status, which status will permit the CYC to accept donations that can be written off for tax and estate planning purposes.  The board undertook this endeavor with the hope that our membership will look to the CYC as a conduit of its benevolence to impact greater-Cincinnati.  Federal non-profit status will bring us into line with a majority of the other Yale alumni clubs and permit more engagement between our club and the local community.  We will be sure to let you know once we hear back from the IRS.  Please keep this in mind when allocating your charitable dollars.

In sum, while the annual dinner allows us to reflect on the past year, it is also an opportunity to sow the seeds for the future.

Boola Boola

Michael B. Hurley YC ’06

CYC President

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