Giving

Donor Recognition Levels

The Presidential Societies, named for former University of Michigan presidents, recognize donors who have made significant gifts to the University. Individual donors are eligible when their cumulative giving total reaches $15,000, including pledges and matching gifts. Corporations, foundations and associations are eligible when their gifts total $50,000.

There are eight levels within the Presidential Societies.

The Presidential Societies
The Presidential Societies, named for former University of Michigan presidents, recognize donors who have made significant gifts to the University. Individual donors are eligible when their cumulative giving total reaches $25,000, including pledges and matching gifts. Corporations, foundations, and associations are eligible when their gifts total $50,000.

Presidents Club
$25,000
Founded in 1961, the Presidents Club is the first tier of giving in the Presidential Societies, recognizing donors who have made cumulative gifts of $25,000 or more to the University.

Henry P. Tappan Society
$50,000

Henry Philip Tappan, the first president of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, brought distinguished scholars to the University and urged them to conduct research as well as teach. The Tappan Society, created in 1978, is the second tier of giving in the Presidential Societies, recognizing donors who have made cumulative gifts of $50,000 or more to the University.

Harry B. Hutchins Society
$100,000

Harry Burns Hutchins, University president from 1909 through 1920, was the first president to understand how Michigan alumni could be a significant political and financial resource for the University. The Hutchins Society, created in 1987, is the third tier of giving in the Presidential Societies, recognizing donors who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more to the University.

Alexander G. Ruthven Society
$500,000

Alexander Grant Ruthven, University president from 1929 through 1951, initiated a corporate organizational structure of deans, vice presidents, and registrars to carry out most administrative matters. The University's organizational structure today builds on Ruthven's achievement. The Ruthven Society, created in 1987, is the fourth tier of giving in the Presidential Societies, recognizing donors who have made cumulative gifts of $500,000 or more to the University.

James B. Angell Society
$1,000,000

James Burrill Angell, University president from 1871 through 1909, was known for his engaging personality and his ability to negotiate effective compromises. He was the first president who actively promoted the enrollment of women students. The Angell Society, created in 1978, is the fifth tier of giving in the Presidential Societies, recognizing donors who have made cumulative gifts of $1,000,000 or more to the University.

Erastus O. Haven Society
$5,000,000

Erastus Otis Haven, president of the University from 1863 through 1869, broadened the curriculum significantly. During his presidency, the country's first university hospital was established, providing medical students with the opportunity to work directly with patients. The Haven Society, created in 1997, is the sixth tier of giving in the Presidential Societies, recognizing donors who have made cumulative gifts of $5,000,000 or more to the University.

Marion L. Burton Society
$10,000,000

Marion LeRoy Burton, president of the University from 1920 through 1925, developed a comprehensive building program for the Ann Arbor campus, with some of Michigan's most notable structures planned or constructed during his administration. The Burton Society, created in 1997, is the seventh tier of giving in the Presidential Societies, recognizing donors who have made cumulative gifts of $10,000,000 or more to the University.

John Monteith Legacy Society
Bequests

John Monteith, one of the University's founding fathers, was president of the Detroit university known as Michigania, forerunner of U-M. Along with Detroit civic leaders Gabriel Richard and Judge Augustus B. Woodward, John Monteith drafted the first education law for the Michigan territory, which led to the founding of the University of Michigan in 1817. The John Monteith Legacy Society, created in 1990, recognizes donors who have included a gift to the University of Michigan through their estate.