Giving Societies

Lifetime Giving Society


The Lifetime Giving Society (LGS) honors a distinguished group of leaders: those with $25,000 or more in cumulative giving to any area University-wide.

The University’s premier giving society, LGS consists of six recognition levels honoring increasing degrees of philanthropic leadership at Georgia Southern. Each contribution level offers additional benefits providing exclusive opportunities for greater involvement with the University.

Participation in the overarching society is concurrent with any other donor society or club across the University at the school, college, program or athletic level.

Donors who make contributions at the following gift levels are also recognized as members of the following gift clubs and receive the following benefits.

Georgia Southern Believer ($25,000 – $74,999)

  • Signature Event­ – All members will receive an invitation to attend The Gratitude Gala, an exclusive event, each year.
  • Priority Communications ­– All members are privy to special communication from the president and the University at large. As our closest donors, members will be the first to receive breaking University news.
  • Invitation to other special events- Invitations to select donor, alumni or sporting events throughout the year.

Georgia Southern Collaborator ($75,000 – $149,999)

  • All benefits at the previous level plus:
  • Estate Planning Session – Discover more ways to realize your philanthropic goals with the professional team at Georgia Southern University. The Office of Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning will lead a discussion every other spring to help you explore and weigh the benefits of estate planning.

Georgia Southern Advocate ($150,000 – $299,999)

  • All benefits at the previous level plus:
  • Custom GS Experience – Take the opportunity to explore more of what Georgia Southern has to offer students and the community. Members will be invited to participate in experiences offered once a year to gain a deeper understanding about what makes our University unique.

President’s Ambassador ($300,000 – $499,999)

  • All benefits at the previous level plus:
  • Lottery for 2 VIP passes — at a home sporting event of your choice.
  • President’s Ambassador Honoree — Selected and highlighted at the signature event, The Gratitude Gala.

President’s Innovator ($500,000 – $999,999)

  • All benefits at the previous level plus:
  • President’s Event Invitations – Members will receive invitations from the president throughout the year to attend exclusive campus and regional events with special access to University leadership.
  • Hospitality Service – Members will receive access to a personal assistant provided by the Office of Donor Relations to include special accommodations and VIP treatment such as event parking reservations, scheduling private campus tours for special places of interest, access to University meeting rooms. The service is also offered for general questions and requests. (All requests are subject to availability.)
  • President’s Innovator Honoree — Selected and highlighted at the signature event, The Gratitude Gala.

President’s Visionary ($1 million and above)

  • All benefits at the previous level plus:
  • President’s Choice Publication – Members will receive a signed, limited-edition copy of a recent publication by faculty or alumni chosen by the president each year.
  • President’s Visionary Honoree — Selected and highlighted at the signature event, The Gratitude Gala.

 

The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society recognizes the thoughtful generosity of those who have made planned gifts — regardless of their size — to Georgia Southern Universtiy. Planned gifts include will provisions, life income gifts such as trusts, annuities or pooled income funds, retirement plan balances and life insurance policies.

Membership benefits include:

  • Signature Event — All members will receive an invitation to attned an exclusive event each year.
  • Legacy Member Honoree — Selected and highlighted at the signature event.
  • Invitation to other special events — Invitations to other donor, alumni, or sporting events throughout the year.

1906 Society

Named for the year of Georgia Southern University’s founding, the 1906 Society is the oldest donor recognition society at the University. This elite group is comprised of donors who have made an annual, cumulative gift of $1,200 or more each year to any area University-wide. 1906 members enjoy a special relationship with University leadership and are invited to the signature event each year.

1906 Society gifts make a tremendous impact no matter what area of campus they support. Gifts to the Georgia Southern Annual Fund, in particular, support a wide array of University faculty and student programs. These programs help the University attract and retain the best and brightest faculty and students. 1906 Society gifts also enable the president to direct funds where the campus needs and opportunities are greatest.

1906 Society membership qualifications:

  • Annual Gifts of $1,200 or more during one fiscal year. Membership is renewable annually.
  • Active $1,200 or more pledges.
  • Cumulative lifetime giving of $12,000-$24,999 with the most recent gift being within the last five years. After reaching $25,000, donors become members of the Lifetime Giving Society.
  • GOLD members (Graduates Of Last Decade) with gifts ranging from $300-$12,00 based on years since graduation.

Membership benefits include:

  • Signature Event — All members will receive an invitation to attend an exclusive event each year.
  • Invitation to other special events — Invitations to other donor, alumni, or sporting events throughout the year.

Georgia Southern Loyal

The Georgia Southern Loyal Society honors the University’s most dedicated donors. Membership is earned by donors who continue to make gifts, at any level, consecutively for two or more years. Annual gifts provide Georgia Southern with the flexibility needed to fund emerging opportunities in scholarships, student programming, faculty research, and academic initiatives. No matter the gift amount, support from alumni and friends makes a difference. Gifts of every size enhance the Georgia Southern experience.

Membership Benefits include:

  • Special communications to celebrate years of loyal giving.
  • Members reaching milestone years of consecutive giving (5, 10, 15 years, etc.) receive an invitation to the exclusive 1906 Society Event.

Last updated: 5/23/2019