Wayne State College

Making a Gift

Donor Societies

Electronic donor wall
The Wayne State Foundation recognizes Cornerstone Society and Heritage Society members with donor wall displays in the Kanter Student Center.

Presidents Society

The Presidents Society was formed to encourage the active participation of alumni, friends, and business in the affairs of the college and to establish an exemplary pattern of annual support. Members are recognized for their financial leadership and counsel, which help fulfill Wayne State College’s mission.

Contributors are recognized as through Presidents Society membership at the following levels:

Lifetime Members
Foundation gifts totaling $100,000 or more or an irrevocable estate gift of $100,000 or more.

Circle of Excellence Members
Annual giving of $100,000 and greater

Benefactor Members
Annual giving from $50,000 to $99,999

Exemplary Members
Annual giving from $25,000 to $49,999

Leadership Members
Annual giving from $10,000 to $24,999

Distinguished Members
Annual giving from $5,000 to $9,999

Meritorious Members
Annual giving from $2,500 to $4,999

Patron Members
Annual giving from $1,000 to $2,499

Continuing Members
Sustaining members of the Presidents Society who were granted continued membership in fiscal year 1990-91 at the $500 to $999 level if their giving was uninterrupted and continuous.

Pacesetters Club
Annual giving from $500 to $999

Builders Club
Annual giving from $250 to $499

Black & Gold Club
Annual giving from $100 to $249

Loyalty Club
Annual giving up to $100

Cornerstone Societies

The Cornerstone Society was established in 1998 to recognize cumulative contributions to the Wayne State Foundation of $10,000 and above. It honors donors for their loyal and continuous support with a major recognition wall and electronic kiosk in the Kanter Student Center atrium. It states: “With each gift, comes an ever-growing bond with the college, faculty and students and the knowledge that your generosity is significantly impacting Wayne State College.”

The Cornerstone Society was developed to allow the college to properly acknowledge donors as they move to higher categories of giving through the years.

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society was established to recognize and honor, during their lifetimes, those persons whose vision and generosity move them to support Wayne State College through an estate plan gift to Wayne State Foundation.

Membership in the Heritage Society is open to alumni and friends who have made arrangements for a future gift to the Foundation by one of more of the following:

  • Specific provision by will
  • Creation of a charitable trust
  • Life insurance policy
  • Gift of a farm or residence with life estate reserved
  • Charitable gift annuity

Membership is ongoing, with charter member designation during the Building Bright Futures campaign through Dec. 31, 1994. Members receive acknowledgment including an engraved nameplate on the Heritage Society wall plaque in the Kanter Student Center and listing in the Annual Honor Roll of Donors. Members who request confidentiality will remain anonymous.