Donor Recognition Societies

Kettering University appreciates the trust and confidence of those who have provided significant philanthropic investment. This financial support sustains Kettering’s commitment to excellence and the students who attend. With this support, the institution continues to be a special place that transforms lives and builds strong and enduring character.

The following donor recognition societies distinguish individuals who make cumulative donations of $10,000 or more, such as outright gifts, pledges or long-term commitments to Kettering University through their estate plans. Each society was thoughtfully created to recognize the tremendous impact donors have had in shaping the past, present and future--ensuring Kettering’s tradition of excellence endures for many years to come.

The President's Circle

The President’s Circle recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $10,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $25,000 or more.  President’s Circle donors will:

  • Be listed in the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive invitations to select University events; and
  • Receive a Kettering University lapel pin.

The General Determination Society

The General Determination Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $25,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $50,000 or more.  General Determination Society donors will:

  • Be listed in the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to University events; and
  • Receive a token of appreciation.

The Founders Society

The Founders Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $50,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $100,000 or more. Founders Society donors will:

  • Be listed in the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to select University events; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the Founders Society.

The Innovator Society

The Innovator Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $200,000 or more. Innovator Society donors will:

  • Be listed in the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to select University events; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the Innovator Society.

The 1919 Society

The 1919 Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $250,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $500,000 or more. 1919 Society donors will:

  • Be listed in the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to select University events with preferred seating; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the 1919 Society.

The Scholars Society

The Scholars Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $500,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $1,000,000 or more. Scholars Society donors will:

  • Be listed in the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to select University events with preferred seating; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the Scholars Society.

The Bell Tower Society

The Bell Tower Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $1,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $2,000,000 or more. Bell Tower Society donors will:

  • Be listed in the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to exclusive University events with preferred seating; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the Bell Tower Society.

The Charles F. Kettering Society

The Charles F. Kettering Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $5,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $10,000,000 or more. Charles F. Kettering Society donors will:

  • Be listed on the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to exclusive University events with preferred seating; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the Charles F. Kettering Society.

The Albert Sobey Society

The Albert Sobey Society is named in honor of the University’s first president and recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $10,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $20,000,000 or more. Albert Sobey Society donors will:

  • Be listed on the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to exclusive University events with preferred seating; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the Albert Sobey Society.

The Pinnacle Society

The Pinnacle Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $25,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $50,000,000 or more. Pinnacle Society donors will:

  • Be listed on the Honor Roll, appearing annually in Kettering Magazine;
  • Receive recognition on the University’s Donor Recognition Wall;
  • Receive invitations to exclusive University events with preferred seating; and
  • Receive a special gift available only to members of the Pinnacle Society.

Heritage Circle

Heritage Circle LogoThe Heritage Circle recognizes individuals for their documented planned gifts regardless of size. Kettering University created the Heritage Circle in 1995 to honor alumni and friends who have arranged a gift to the University by will, trust, gift annuity, insurance policy, pooled income fund, retirement plan or IRA, or otherwise through their estate. Membership in the Heritage Circle is a way for Kettering University to thank those alumni and friends during their lifetime. Members’ names are engraved on the donor recognition wall in the Campus Center and listed in the annual report to stakeholders.

Members of the Heritage Circle may also be enrolled in other named societies.