Giving Levels and Recognition


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Donor Recognition Societies

The President's Circle is AU's premier donor recognition society, which honors our generous supporters who make contributions of $2,500 or more during the fiscal year, from May 1 through April 30.

President's Circle

American University is deeply grateful for the support given generously by members of the President’s Circle. As of May 1, 2012, the President’s Circle recognition levels have been restructured. The changes allow us to direct more philanthropic dollars to the students, faculty, and academic programs that enable American to continue its upward trajectory and preserve the distinction of the President’s Circle.

Lifetime Membership ($100,000 cumulative giving and higher)

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)

All donors to the President’s Circle receive special recognition in the Report of Gifts and invitations to special events throughout the year.

1893 Society

The 1893 Society recognizes the commitment of loyal AU donors with five or more consecutive years of giving. Members of the 1893 Society will be highlighted in the annual Report of Gifts and on AU’s website. Members will also receive invitations to special events throughout the year. 

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.

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