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President's Circle

Established in 1981, the President's Circle and its giving levels honor five U.S. presidents who were friends of American University. Benjamin Harrison signed the Act of Congress chartering the university in 1893. William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Herbert C. Hoover served on AU's Board of Trustees. John F. Kennedy delivered his famous speech, The Strategy of Peace, at the 1963 AU Commencement.


Benjamin Harrison Associates ($50,000 and higher)

William McKinley Associates ($25,000 to $49,999)

Theodore Roosevelt Associates ($10,000 to $24,999)

Herbert C. Hoover Associates ($5,000 to $9,999)

John F. Kennedy Associates ($2,500 to $4,999)


The President’s Circle recognizes leadership in philanthropy demonstrated by American University alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. President’s Circle donors receive special recognition of their impact throughout the year.

Giving levels are determined by contributions during a given fiscal year (May 1 - April 30).

Donors whose cumulative giving totals $100,000 or more are recognized as Lifetime Members of the President's Circle.

1893 Society

Since its founding in 1893, AU has relied on the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends to grow into the outstanding institution it is today. To recognize the commitment of our most loyal donors and the significant role they play in AU's past, present, and future, the AU Board of Trustees voted in May 2007 to establish the 1893 Society.

In appreciation of their generosity, members of the 1893 Society, who have been donors to AU for two or more consecutive years will receive special recognition throughout the year. American University is truly grateful for the loyal support of our donors who have contributed to such a rich history and ensured a bright future.

The Helen Palmer Kettler Society

The Helen Palmer Kettler Society was established in 1990 to acknowledge individuals who have included AU in their estate plans and have named AU as a beneficiary (revocably or irrevocably) in their will, life insurance, charitable gift annuity, charitable trust, or similar vehicle. Individuals who include AU in their estate plans and make their intentions known to the university are invited to membership in the Helen Palmer Kettler Society.

Report of Gifts

Report of GIfts

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The President's Circle Dinner

2013 President's Circle Dinner

The annual President's Circle Dinner gathers many of AU's most dedicated supporters to celebrate their generosity.

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Class of 2016 Convocation

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RJ Narang

Find out what compelled this young alum to join the President’s Circle Society!

Find out what compelled this young alum to join the President’s Circle Society!

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