The Sir Harold Acton Society, established in 1995, commemorates an extraordinary man whose legacy is a shining example of visionary leadership and worldwide impact. Sir Harold believed that La Pietra, his beloved Tuscan estate in Florence, Italy, should serve for all time as a major center for students and scholars associated with a great university. He bequeathed La Pietra, with its priceless treasures, to New York University to benefit future generations of students and scholars.

In recognition of this most splendid gift, the University created the Sir Harold Acton Society to honor its most prestigious circle of benefactors. These donors, who have made gifts of one million dollars or more, truly uphold a tradition of the highest level of intellectual patronage. The medal granted to members acknowledges their outstanding leadership and dedication to NYU.

New members of the Sir Harold Acton Society are honored for their exemplary role in shaping the future of the University. Through their support, these exceptional benefactors ensure New York University's continued tradition of innovation and accomplishment. In recognition of their outstanding generosity, new members were inducted at the Sir Harold Acton Society’s invitation-only annual dinner in spring 2017.

In addition to the annual dinner, members of the Sir Harold Acton Society receive an engraved medal, the option to be recognized on the Sir Harold Acton Society plaque located in the NYU Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, and special invitations to NYU events on campus and around the world. There are currently more than 400 members of the Acton Society.  

Sir Harold Action Society classes of 2015-2016

Sir Harold Acton Society classes of 2015-2016 with Chairman of the Board, William R. Berkley and President Andrew Hamilton at the Acton Society Induction dinner held in April 2017 in New York City.

Sir Harold Acton Society Members


List as of December 4, 2018


Portrait of Sir Harold Acton