Giving Societies and Awards

Giving Societies

Arcadia University is grateful to every alumna, alumnus, 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:

President’s Circle

The President’s Circle consists of those donors who make leadership gifts to Arcadia University during each fiscal year (June 1 through May 31).  Members receive special recognition and enjoy exclusive benefits that keep them in regular contact with the Arcadia community: its President, leaders, knowledgeable faculty, and talented students. The giving levels for membership in the President’s Circle are:

  • President’s Society: $25,000 and above
  • Provost’s Society: $10,000–$24,999
  • Dean’s Society: $5,000–$9,999
  • Professor’s Society: $2,500–$4,999
  • Lecturer’s Society: $1,000–$2,499

Members of Arcadia’s President’s Circle lead the way in making Arcadia the vibrant, thriving, and growing educational institution it is today.

Castle Club, Benefactors, and Contributors

The Castle Club recognizes those giving from $500 to $999, while the Benefactor level recognizes those whose gifts are from $250 to $499. The Contributor level recognizes those whose gifts are up to $249. The support of these generous alumni, parents, and friends helps to keep Arcadia’s academic and co-curricular programs strong and to keep an Arcadia education affordable to those who have chosen Arcadia as their undergraduate home.

Knight Society

The Knight Society recognizes those donors whose consistent support helps Arcadia to plan with confidence for the future. Alumni, parents, and friends who have given consistently for five years or more are members of the Knight Society. The easiest way to insure your membership in the Knight Society is by making a recurring gift online or by making a pledge to Arcadia. Your consistent support enables Arcadia to rely on your philanthropic support each and every year.

Covenant Society

The Covenant Society recognizes those alumni and friends who make a commitment to Arcadia with a planned gift. Planned gifts can include bequests, charitable gift annuities, gifts from life insurance, retirement accounts, and real estate and other opportunities. To learn more about the kind of planned gift that best suits your circumstances, please visit our Planned Giving website

Lifetime Giving Societies

Arcadia has established three lifetime giving societies in order to recognize those alumni and friends whose loyalty and leadership giving—including outright gifts, pledges, and planned gift intentions—have been at the heart of Arcadia’s growth and success. These lifetime giving societies are named after three distinguished Presidents of Beaver College and Arcadia University:

  • Reverend Dr. Raymon M. Kistler, President, 1940–1960: The Kistler Society recognizes those donors who have given $1 Million or more during their lifetimes.
  • Dr. Edward D. Gates, President, 1960–1982: The Gates Society recognizes those donors who have given $500,000–$999,999 during their lifetimes.
  • Dr. Bette E. Landman '04H, President, 1985–2004: The Landman Society recognizes those donors who have given $100,000–$499,999 during their lifetimes.
Society of Business & Community Partners

The Society of Business & Community Partners recognizes those who have supported Arcadia University by making a corporate donation or by sponsoring a university event.  It includes the following giving levels:

  • Business & Community Benefactors: $5,000+
  • Business & Community Patrons: $1,000-$4,999
  • Business & Community Contributors: $500-$999

For more information on the benefits of joining this society, as well as a list of current members, please visit the Society of Business & Community Partners.

Reunion and Annual Fund Awards

Beyond honoring its donors through giving societies, Arcadia recognizes the participation and generosity of its donors through its Reunion and Annual Fund awards. 

2018 Reunion Awards
  • Ethlyn Selner Mack Bowl for Highest Reunion Class Participation: Class of 1958
  • Bette E. Landman Plate for Largest Reunion Class Gift: Class of 1968
2017 Annual Fund Awards
  • Martha-Lee Taggart Sunderman Award for Highest Class Participation: Class of 1957
  • Annual Fund Award for the Class with the Largest Gift: Class of 1957
  • 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 2016