Donor Recognition

Our donors are at the heart of everything we do. 

Columbia College gratefully acknowledges our donors at all levels of giving. Of course, the best reward for your contribution is the knowledge that you have made a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you for including Columbia College in your generosity. 

Giving Societies 

Societies are a way of publicly recognizing and showing our heartfelt thanks. Columbia College's giving societies recognize the alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who provide foundational support for our students and programs.

Be recognized for your:

  • Lifetime Giving 
  • Planned Giving 
  • Annual Giving 

President's Society 

Through vision, leadership and consideration for the future of Columbia College, members of the President's Society have joined the institution's hallowed and lifelong tradition of providing a quality liberal arts and sciences education to a diverse student body. These contributors enjoy a philanthropic partnership with Columbia College, setting a standard for commitment and providing a lasting legacy to the college. 

Columbia College honors philanthropists, whose contributions support our mission and help advance our vision to serve as a model institution. The President's Society recognizes our major benefactors, whose commitment aids both current students and future leaders. 

Membership Levels
Benefactors who have provided cumulative gifts of $10,000 or more in cash, securities, real property, scholarship funds, awards or programs are granted lifelong membership in the President's Society.

The following levels of giving sustain the legacy of the college, its students, the community and society.

Rogers Gate Circle - $1,000,000 and above
The most recognized symbol of the college, the Rogers Memorial Gateway was dedicated in 1913 in honor of Joseph Kirtley Rogers, third president of Christian College. Alumni, trustees and friends contributed the funds necessary for the landmark.

Ivy Chain Circle - $500,000 - $999,999
The Ivy Chain was created in 1900 by Lucy Laws, first dean of Christian College. Graduating students are bound by ivy draped across their shoulders, which is then cut into individual pieces. This symbolizes going separate ways while retaining collegial ties.

Dorsey Chapel Circle - $250,000 - $499,999
The Gothic chapel was dedicated in 1911 and is located in Dorsey Hall. President Luella St. Clair Moss contributed the stained-glass window in the chapel, believed to be Tiffany glass, in honor of her daughter, Annilee.

Charter Circle - $100,000 - $249,999
Columbia College, founded as Christian Female College in 1851, was chartered as the first women's college west of the Mississippi River. The college became coeducational in 1970.

Founder's Circle - $50,000 - $99,999
Believing in the importance of quality higher education for women, Thomas M. Allen, James Shannon and David Patterson Henderson founded Christian College in 1851.

Trustee's Circle - $25,000 - $49,999
A Board of Trustees has provided leadership and guidance for the college since its founding. These visionaries continue to provide oversight for the college for generations to come.

Ivy and Oak Circle - $10,000 - $24,999
These two enduring symbols represent the majesty and strength of the college. Ivy, strong and evergreen, once covered St. Clair Hall and represents the bond between graduates and their alma mater. From the college's founding until 2006, a majestic chinkapin oak, dating to 1785, shaded the Dorsey Chapel stained-glass window; part of that tree endures as doors to the chapel.

Membership Benefits

  • Receive invitations to prestigious college events, including the annual President’s Society dinner
  • Receive a special plaque with a hand-crafted commemorative coin representing their level of membership
  • Special recognition in newsletters and annual reports, unless anonymity is desired


St. Clair Society 

The St. Clair Society honors individuals whose vision and commitment to the future have led them to include the college in a charitable life income agreement or estate plan.

The St. Clair Society is named for Luella St. Clair Moss, a true visionary and one of the first female college presidents in the United States. She served three terms as president of Christian College, the forerunner of Columbia College.

Membership Levels
Columbia College alumni and friends live their lives by giving their time, talents and treasures because they know that each act of service makes a lasting impact. Legacy giving does not require a large income or vast estate. Legacy giving requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference by identifying Columbia College in your will, estate plan, life insurance or real property.

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Membership Benefits

  • A relationship with Columbia College during your lifetime
  • Special recognition in newsletters and annual reports, unless anonymity is desired
  • Invitations to special events, including the annual Donor Recognition luncheon
  • A role in determining how your legacy gift will be used
  • Satisfaction in knowing your legacy will make a difference in educating and supporting generations to come

Cornerstone Club

The Cornerstone Club is comprised of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Columbia College who, through a commitment to provide an annual high level of support to the Columbia College Fund, have established themselves as leaders for the college and faithful stewards of the college’s mission. Gifts of every size move the college forward and benefit the hands-on experience of every student. Your support makes a big impact!

Membership Levels
The Cornerstone Club recognizes all donors who have supported the Columbia College Fund with $1,000 or more in gifts within a single fiscal year.

Columbia College Fund

Membership Benefits

    • An invitation to the annual Cornerstone Club Appreciation event, the Donor Recognition luncheon and other VIP experiences
    • Inclusion in the annual Cornerstone Club brochure and recognition as a cornerstone Club member in Affinity Magazine
    • A bi-annual electronic newsletter with key updates about what’s happening at Columbia College

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