Elon values the support from all its benefactors and has a variety of giving clubs and societies that recognize donors who make annual, planned and lifetime cumulative gifts to the university. These recognition groups celebrate the generosity of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who make gifts each year to support university operations and whose lifelong commitments help secure Elon’s future. Elon’s exceptional programs and opportunities would not be possible without the loyal support of these benefactors.
The university’s premier cumulative giving society, the Numen Lumen Society, recognizes benefactors whose cash gifts to Elon equal $1 million or more. The Latin words “numen” and “lumen,” which mean “spiritual light” and “intellectual light,” signify the highest purposes of an Elon education.
“Palladian” is derived from Latin and means “pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study.” Members of the Palladian Society have made cumulative lifetime cash gifts to Elon totaling between $500,000 and $999,999.
“Aesculus” is an ancient Latin tem for “tallest oak.” Members of the Aesculus Society have made cumulative lifetime cash gifts to Elon totaling between $100,000 and $499,999.
The Elon Society is the university’s premier annual giving recognition society and includes all donors who give $1,500 or more each year for any purpose. Alumni who graduated within the past 10 years may join The Elon Society at special rates.
The 1889 Society is an annual giving society, launched In conjunction with Elon's 125th anniversary, recognizing alumni donors who consistently support the university. Each alumnus who makes a gift of any size or designation between June 1, 2012, and May 31, 2014, and continues to make an annual gift from that point forward, will be included in the inaugural 1889 Society. Beginning June 1, 2014, only members of each year's graduating class may join. Alumni maintain membership in The 1889 Society by making a gift every fiscal year.
The IMPACT Circle is the premier donor recognition group for the Phoenix Club and Elon athletics. Members of the IMPACT Circle include donors who make annual contributions of $5,000 or more to athletics or have made cumulative gifts of $1 million or more exclusively designated for annual, endowment and capital athletics purposes.
Grandparents of current students and Elon alumni become part of the Grandparent Leadership Society by contributing $5,000 or more annually to the Parents & Grandparents Fund or other Elon operating funds, by making a planned gift valued at $25,000 or more, or by having made cumulative gifts totaling $25,000 or more to the university.
The Order of the Oak recognizes donors who through their planned gifts such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, pooled income funds and life insurance policies, are helping to build a vital pipeline of resources to secure Elon’s future.
These clubs recognize alumni who help sustain excellence at their alma mater by making annual gifts.
Cupola Club: $1,000-$1,499
Rotunda Club: $500-$999
Colonnades Club: $250-$499
Fountain Club: $100-$249
IGNITE is Elon’s giving program for young alumni who are graduates of the past 10 years. Young alumni represent more than 40% of Elon’s alumni base, making their annual gifts critical to Elon’s future.