Giving Societies

Consider how the world must appear to a first-year student who first gazes upon Old Main and thinks about his or her future at the college. Every year, hundreds of young men and women experience these feelings as they begin their first semester of college. We are honored to introduce them to what a liberal arts education is all about. Through our Giving Clubs, alumni and friends can share their personal success and help lead a new generation of students toward a life of excellence, leadership and service.

The President’s Circle

The President’s Circle is Franklin College’s leadership annual giving society. Members of the President’s Circle are like-minded benefactors with similar philanthropic interests, giving a minimum of $1,000 annually and demonstrating exceptional generosity for the benefit of all Franklin College.

Gold Key Circle $10,000 and above
1834 Circle $5,000 to $9,999
Ben Franklin Circle$2,500 to $4,999
President’s Circle$1,000 to $2,499

*For purposes of recognition, the value of matching gifts is added to the donor’s personal contribution.
*Recognition is based on total cash received in a fiscal year. Unpaid pledges are not included.
*Married couples are recognized for the combined total of their contributions.

Logo - Franklin College President's Circle

The youngest alumni of Franklin College have a unique opportunity to join the President’s Circle at a reduced rate of giving but receive all the usual recognition of membership in the President’s Circle.

Franklin College graduates 1-9 years out are invited to join the President’s Circle for $100 per year out of school. For example, in the fiscal year 2014-15, a graduate from 2013 is 2 years out and can join for $200. Married alumni not of the same class year are invited to use the younger of the two alumni for the basis of giving.

Lifetime Giving Clubs

Through our lifetime giving clubs, we recognize the individuals who have made extraordinary commitments to Franklin College. These designations are based on one’s cumulative giving to both the Franklin Fund and to specific projects and may include deferred gifts (appropriately documented) and gifts in kind. Lifetime giving may also include contributions made in the member’s name through corporate gifts and matches and through private foundations, as well as by the member’s spouse.

Lifetime giving club members will be listed in the annual report. In addition, you will be invited to the President’s Dinner and your name will be included in the recognition booklet. You will also be added to our special invitation list for many lectures, special events and receptions.

Members of the Founder’s Circle, Ambassador’s Circle, Chairman’s Circle and Leaders for Life will also be invited to premier events, such as exclusive new building previews.

Level of GivingCumulative GiftsDeferred Gifts
Leaders for Life$1,000,000 or more$1,000,000 or more
Chairman’s Circle$500,000 to $999,999$750,000
Ambassador’s Circle$250,000 to $499,999$500,000
Founder’s Circle$100,000 to $249,999$250,000
Scholar’s Circle$50,000 to $99,999$100,000
Old Main Society$25,000 to $49,999$50,000
President’s Club$10,000 to $24,999$25,000