Consider how the world must appear to first-year students who first gaze upon Old Main and think about their future at the college. Every year, hundreds of young people 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 Societies, 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 is Franklin College’s leadership annual giving society. The President’s Circle is comprised of 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|
|Old Main Circle||$1,000 to $2,499|
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 2021-22, a graduate from 2018 is 4 years out and can join for $400. Married alumni not of the same class year are invited to use the younger of the two alumni for the basis of giving.
Your generosity allows us to match our ambitions with goals, and our goals with resources. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing the impact your philanthropy has made at Franklin College and in recognition of your leadership support, you will be recognized for your leadership and support with special courtesies created to strengthen your connection with the college. The President’s Circle brochure outlines the courtesies offered at each level.
Through our lifetime giving club, The Heritage Society, 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.
The Heritage Society members will be listed in the donor honor roll. In addition, they will be added to our special invitation list for many lectures, special events and receptions.
|Level of Giving||Cumulative Gifts||Deferred Gifts|
|Leaders for Life Society||$1,000,000 or more||$1,000,000 or more|
|Chairman’s Society||$500,000 to $999,999||$750,000|
|Ambassador’s Society||$250,000 to $499,999||$500,000|
|Founder’s Society||$100,000 to $249,999||$250,000|
|Scholar’s Society||$50,000 to $99,999||$100,000|
|Wellhouse Society||$25,000 to $49,999||$50,000
|Bell Tower Society||$10,000 to $24,999||$25,000|