Cumberland University

Donor Recognition

Gift Acknowledgment

All donations to the university are recognized quickly and accurately. An acknowledgment letter and tax receipt is sent out within three to five days of receiving your gift.

Endowment Fund Reporting

Many donors have created named endowed funds such as scholarships. Cumberland University generates reports on many of these funds on an annual basis, illustrating how the donor's gift has been used to support students, faculty, and college programs.

Giving Societies

Gifts to Cumberland University help to support our mission of providing a high-quality, yet accessible education for our students. Every gift is important to sustaining our vision of academic excellence. To recognize this tremendous generosity of our donors, Cumberland University has established giving societies and clubs. Through events and publications, we hope to keep society and gift club members informed about the activities and initiatives of the university.

Lifetime Giving Societies

The Cordell Hull Society

Named for the father of the United Nations and winner of the 1945 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Members at this level must give a cumulative total of $500,000 or more in cash or gifts-in-kind.

The Caruthers Society

Named in honor of Robert and Abraham Caruthers who founded the Cumberland School of Law.

  • Members of this circle must give a cumulative total of $250,000 or more in cash or gifts-in-kind.

The Stockton Society

Named in honor of Ernest L. Stockton, Jr., President of Cumberland University from 1958 - 1983.

  • Members of this circle must give a cumulative total of $100,000 or more in cash.

The Clocktower Society

Named in honor of the University's most recognizable landmark.

  • Members of this society must give a cumulative total of $50,000 or more in cash.

Planned Giving Societies

The Cornerstone Society

  • Members of The Cornerstone Society have made documented commitments utilizing, but not limited to, bequests, life insurance, or charitable trust arrangements.

Circle Of Friends

The Circle or Friends recognizes annual giving to the University from all donors. Any donor who makes a gift of $1,000 or more within the calendar year will be listed within the appropriate circle.

Chairman's Circle $25,000+
Trustee's Circle $10,000 - $24,000
President's Circle $5,000 - $9,999
Dean's Circle $2,500 - $4,999
Benefactor's Circle     $1,000 - $2,499

Annual Giving Clubs

The following clubs recognize annual giving to the University from all donors. Any donor who makes a gift of $1 to $999 within the calendar year will be listed within the appropriate club.

Phoenix Club $500 - $999
Letterman Club $250 - $499
Maroon & White Club     $100 - $249
Bulldog Club $1 - $99