Giving Societies and Awards

Giving Societies

Arcadia University is grateful to every graduate, faculty and staff member, parent, or friend who has expressed their confidence, thanks, and hope in Arcadia by making a gift to The Fund for Arcadia. Special giving societies exist to honor those who help to keep Arcadia strong and growing through their annual gifts and their charitable or estate gifts. These giving societies include:

Jones Poundstone Society

The Jones Poundstone Society recognizes donors who make an unrestricted annual leadership gift to The Fund for Arcadia and create a lasting impact for Arcadia students and the University. By making an unrestricted gift within a giving circle, you join a fellowship of philanthropic leaders who believe in the extraordinary things to come at Arcadia.

Giving Level
Historical Significance
Gift Requirement
1853 Circle commemorates the University’s founding $1,000-$2,499
Beaver Circle celebrates the University’s Beaver College legacy $2,500-$4,999
Beechwood Circle acknowledges the University’s Jenkintown roots $5,000-$9,999
Arcadia Circle moves boldly in the present to ensure a brighter future for the University $10,000-$24,999
Presidents Circle honors University leaders past and present $25,000 and higher

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Castle Club

The Castle Club recognizes donors who make annual contributions at the $500 to $999 level. The support of these generous alumni, parents, and friends helps to keep Arcadia’s academic and co-curricular programs strong and keep an Arcadia education affordable to those who have chosen Arcadia as their home.

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Covenant Society

The Covenant Society recognizes the thoughtfulness and generosity of alumni and friends who fund charitable life-income agreements benefiting Arcadia University, advise us that they have remembered the University in their wills, or benefit the University with other planned gifts. Planned gifts may include bequests, charitable gift annuities, life insurance, retirement-plan benefits, and gifts of real estate among other opportunities. To learn more about the kind of planned gift that best suits your circumstances, please visit our Planned Giving website

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Knight Loyalty Society

The Knight Loyalty Society honors those donors to Arcadia who consistently give gifts of any size to the University consecutively for 25 or more years. This tradition of steadfast support helps Arcadia to plan with confidence for the future. The easiest way to ensure your membership in the Knight Loyalty Society is by making a recurring gift online or by making a pledge to Arcadia. Your faithful support enables Arcadia to rely on your philanthropic support each and every year.

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LGK Society

The LGK Society honors three of distinguished Presidents of Beaver College and Arcadia University, Dr. Bette E. Landman '04H (President, 1985-2004), Dr. Edward D. Gates (President, 1960-1982), and Reverend Dr. Raymon M. Kistler (President, 1940–1960) and recognizes Arcadia's Lifetime Giving Knights whose loyalty and leadership giving—including outright gifts, pledges, and planned gift intentions—has been at the heart of Arcadia’s growth and success. The LGK Society celebrates our donors whose cumulative lifetime support reaches milestone levels of $100,000 or more.

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Annual Giving & Reunion Giving Awards

Beyond honoring its donors through giving societies, Arcadia recognizes the participation and generosity of its donors through its Annual Giving and Reunion Giving Awards. Annual Giving awards are announced in the fall following the close of the preceding fiscal year and Reunion Giving Awards are announced at Alumni Weekend each year in May.

2017-2018 Annual Giving Awards
  • Martha-Lee Taggart Sunderman Award for Highest Class Participation: Class of 1968
  • Annual Fund Award for the Class with the Largest Gift: Class of 1968
  • Annual Fund Award for the Class with the Largest Gift Increase: Class of 1968
  • Harry G. Kuch Award for the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Class with the Highest Participation: Class of 2010
2019 Reunion Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement in a Reunion Year: Class of 1969
  • Ethlyn Selner Mack Bowl for Highest Reunion Class Participation: Class of 1959
  • Bette E. Landman Plate for Largest Reunion Class Gift: Class of 1984