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Frequently Asked Questions

Front Porch Society

The Front Porch Society honors donors who have made a gift, of any amount, to the University for the last three consecutive fiscal years (July 1 – June 30).

You are automatically a member once you have made a gift for three consecutive fiscal years. Your membership never expires as long as you make a gift each fiscal year.

We have four levels in the Front Porch Society to honor those who have been loyal supporters for many years.

Kiefaber: 25+ consecutive fiscal years

Stonemill: 15-24 consecutive fiscal years

Lawnview: 6-14 consecutive fiscal years

Chambers: 3-5 consecutive fiscal years

The University depends on annual support. Tuition does not cover all of the expenses associated with providing an outstanding education.

1850 Society

Named for the year of the founding of the University, the 1850 Society is composed of those who give at least $1,850 during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). This amount may be a one-time gift or an accumulation of gifts during that time period.

Once your gifts reach the $1,850 level during a fiscal year, you are automatically a member. To keep your membership, you need to maintain this level of giving each fiscal year.

Yes, at least $1,850 in giving throughout each fiscal year.

There are five levels of membership based on one’s giving throughout each fiscal year.

Mary: $50,000+

Mission: $25,000-$49,999

Community: $10,000-$24,999

Inclusivity: $5,000-$9,999

Faith: $1,850-$4,999

John Stuart Society

The John Stuart Society is UD's lifetime giving membership society, honoring those who have made gifts totaling at least $100,000. The society is named for John Stuart, the owner of the land which was purchased by the Marianists to establish the University.

Lifetime giving of $100,000 qualifies you for membership in the John Stuart Society, and your membership is lifelong.

There are seven circles of recognition to appropriately recognize donors of various giving levels.

Nazareth Circle: $25,000,000+

Adèle Circle: $10,000,000 – $24,999,999

St. Mary's Circle: $5,000,000 – $9,999,999

Dewberry Circle: $2,500,000 – $4,999,999

Chaminade Circle: $1,000,000 – $2,499,999

St. Joseph's Circle: $500,000 – $999,999

Medallion Circle:  $100,000 – $499,999

When you are first welcomed into membership, you are invited and celebrated by all who attend. In subsequent years, at the Medallion Circle and with an annual gift of at least $1,850 to the University, you receive an invitation to this signature event. Members at the other levels are invited annually.

General Questions

Yes. You can designate your gift to any area of campus you are passionate about and that designation will count towards a giving society.

Yes, of course!

Yes, donors are often a part of multiple giving societies based on giving levels and frequency.

Yes, spouses and partners are automatically members.


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