Private philanthropy is vital to the University’s future. All private donations to the University are accepted with complete confidentiality. Donors who would like to be recognized for major and planned gifts may select membership in:
The Columns Society recognizes any individual or couple giving $2,500 or more to MU in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Alumni and friends 35 and under, as well as MU employees, are eligible with annual gifts of $1,500 or more.
The Jefferson Club honors donors campus-wide as MU’s major giving society, named in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s commitment to education and MU’s status as the first state university in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. Membership is granted to alumni and friends who make contributions of $25,000 or more.
The Chancellor’s Society recognizes donors who support MU through unrestricted gifts to the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence. Chancellor’s Society annual members contribute at least $1,000 each year to the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence. Donors with cumulative giving of $25,000 or more through cash gifts or pledges to the fund are honored as lifetime members of the Chancellor’s Society.
The Legacy Society honors donors who contribute gifts through estate planning, including bequests in wills or trusts, charitable-remainder trusts, pooled-income funds or life insurance.