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U of M Giving Societies

The Columns Society
The Columns Society recognizes the generosity of alumni and friends who have made provisions for the University of Memphis through any one of a variety of estate planning options, including bequests, charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities or gifts of life insurance. Please click the title above to view a list of members for fiscal year 2013.

Centennial Circle
The Centennial Circle recognizes individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations whose cumulative giving to the University of Memphis totals $25,000 or more, including annual gifts, gifts to endowments, capital projects, and irrevocable planned gifts. The Centennial Circle is composed of three societies:


Mynders Society - $1,000,000 or more lifetime giving
The Mynders Society, formerly known as the University Fellows, recognizes lifetime giving to the University of $1,000,000 or more. It is named for Seymour Mynders, the first president of the West Tennessee Normal School, which later became the University of Memphis. Mynders Hall was one of the two original buildings on campus, along with the Administration Building.

Brister Society - $100,000 to $999.999 lifetime giving
The Brister Society, formerly the Benefactor's Circle, is named for J. Willard Brister, the second president of the Normal School.  The Brister Society recognizes lifetime giving of $100,000-$999,999. Brister Hall, originally Brister Library, was constructed in 1927 and named for President Brister's son.

Manning Society - $25,000 to $99,999 lifetime giving
The Manning Society is named for Professor Priestley Hartwell Manning, who joined the faculty with the school's opening in 1912. Sixteen years later, he bequeathed the bulk of his estate to establish a scholarship fund. The Manning Society recognizes lifetime giving of $25,000 - $99,999. Manning Hall, built in 1928, is named for him.

President’s Society
The President’s Society recognizes donors who have demonstrated their leadership and support by making an annual gift of $1,000 or more to support academic initiatives. Recent graduates (within 10 years) who make a gift of at least $500 are also recognized as members of the President’s Society. Please click the title above to view a list of President's Society members for fiscal year 2013.

Blue and Grey Society
The Blue and Grey Society recognizes regular giving to the University. Building and stewarding a committed group of Annual Fund supporters is also key to maintaining a solid financial foundation for the U of M. For this reason, we recognize and celebrate the donors loyal in their support of the University of Memphis’s academic initiatives. Donors who make an annual gift for five or more consecutive years or who have made a gift every year since graduation, are recognized through membership in the Blue and Grey Society.

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Ways to Give

Alternate Ways to Give:
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    Tribute Gifts
    Planned Giving
    Matching Gifts

Donor Recognition
    U of M Gift News
    Alumni Assoc. Lifetime Membership
    Major Giving Societies
    Honor Roll of Annual Donors
    Honoraria and Memorials
    Corporate and Foundation
    Faculty and Staff
    Tiger Scholarship

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