Recognizing Donors

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.

Cumulative Giving Societies

Numen Lumen Society

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 Society

“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 Society

“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.

Annual Giving Societies & Clubs

The Elon Society

The Elon Society

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

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.

Phoenix Club IMPACT Circle

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.

                                                                                                                                                                         Grandparent Leadership Society

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.

Order of the Oak

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.


Alumni Annual Giving Clubs

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