The Colonels Club is Centre's original annual giving recognition society. Established in 1962, the Colonels Club recognizes individual donors of $100 or more. The exemplary commitment of Colonels Club members provides the foundation for Centre's annual giving program. As membership in the Colonels Club has grown, so too has the College's ability to provide scholarship assistance, faculty development, library resources, and the other essentials for a liberal arts education of the very highest caliber.
Blue Seal Colonels
Individuals contribute $100 to $249 annually.
Silver Seal Colonels
Individuals contribute $250 to $499 annually.
Gold Seal Colonels
Individuals contribute $500 to $999 annually.
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Members of the Centre Associates demonstrate vital leadership to the College's annual giving program through gifts of $1,000 or more. The substantial cumulative commitments of the Centre Associates make it possible for Centre to remain a College of international reputation that is also accessible to bright, deserving students, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Isaac Shelby Circle
This circle, named for the College's first Board of Trustees' chairman and Kentucky's first governor, recognizes donors whose annual gifts total $1,000 to $2,499.
Members have made annual gifts of $2,500 to $4,999.
Individuals in this circle contribute $5,000 to $9,999.
Members have made annual gifts of $10,000 to $24,999.
Individuals in this circle contribute $25,000 or more annually.
Endowed Circle (1962-2007)
Members have made a contribution of $25,000 or more in one year. Membership in the Endowed Circle is granted for the donor's lifetime.
Young Centre Associates
Membership is given to current Centre students and to alumni beginning at $100 for students and increasing to $1,000 through their tenth reunion.
Corporate and Foundation Circle
This circle recognizes corporations and foundations contributing $5,000 or more annually.
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Lifetime Giving Societies
Centre's Lifetime Giving Societies celebrate those individuals and organizations whose philanthropy has made a lasting difference in the lives of Centre students. In 2008 the Board of Trustees established the Lifetime Giving Societies to honor donors who have demonstrated extraordinary support of the College's mission. Perpetual membership is conveyed upon donors whose gifts made during their lifetimes or through their estate plans equal or exceed $100,000. Members are recognized with granite markers in Benefactors Plaza, the quandrangle behind Old Centre. The plaza serves as a reminder to those who walk its paths every day that Centre thrives today thanks to the support of generations of men and women who have included the College in their philanthropy. Click here for an interactive map of Benefactors Plaza.
Lewis W. Green Society
The Lewis W. Green Society celebrates Centre's fifth president and those donors whose cumulative gifts total $100,000 or more.
Ormond Beatty Society
The Ormond Beatty Society celebrates Centre's seventh president and those donors whose cumulative gifts total $500,000 or more.
Old Centre Society
The Old Centre Society celebrates the College's original building and those donors whose cumulative gifts total $1,000,000 or more.
John C. Young Society
The John C. Young Society celebrates Centre's fourth president and those donors whose cumulative gifts total $5,000,000 or more.
The 1819 Society celebrates the year Centre College was founded and those donors whose cumulative gifts total $10,000,000 or more.
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While the other Centre College donor recognition societies recognize what individuals have done to advance the College's mission, the Heritage Society recognizes those donors who have secured the College's future by including Centre in their estate plans. Planned gifts may take a variety of forms, including bequests, trusts, annuities, the Centre College Pooled Income Fund, real estate, and gifts from private or family foundations. Throughout its history, Centre has benefited tremendously from such gifts, which have played a central role in building the College's endowment. Because of their lasting impact, these gifts are especially important in ensuring that Centre's future is bright. Membership in the Heritage Society is given to all individuals who notify the College of their intent to include Centre in their estate plans.
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Bill Breeze Society
Centre's newest donor recognition society is the Bill Breeze Society. Unlike Centre's other donor recognition societies, the Bill Breeze Society recognizes consistency in giving rather than the amount of the gift. Membership in the Bill Breeze Society is granted to alumni, parents, and friends who have made at least two consecutive gifts to the College, including the current fiscal year. All members will receive special recognition in the annual Donor Report, signifying each individual's number of consecutive years of giving.
Bill Breeze '45 currently serves Centre as Special Assistant to the President for Endowment, but over the years, he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, President of the Alumni Association, and Acting President of the College. He is a member of the Class of 1945 and holds the distinction of being one of our most loyal donors, with 50 years of consecutive giving. For so many of us, Bill embodies what it means to be a Centre alumnus. He believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the College and the strength of the education if provides. That's why he continues to give to Centre each year, and why we thought it appropriate to name this society in his honor. Mr. Breeze, we salute you!
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