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Washington C. DePauw Society

In 1986 the DePauw University Board of Trustees authorized the formation of the Washington C. DePauw Society to honor DePauw’s most generous donors. Like the University’s first great benefactor for whom the Society is named, these alumni, parents and friends demonstrate through leadership-level gifts their love of DePauw and their commitment to its liberal arts mission. We now honor our society members in two distinct societies. The Washington C. DePauw Annual Society includes yearly members, while the Washington C. DePauw Lifetime Society is DePauw’s new recognition society for cumulative giving of more than $100,000.

The Washington C. DePauw Society Executive Committee brings together volunteer alumni leaders to help encourage and inform our leadership level donors. The Committee’s longtime and loyal service to DePauw’s Annual Giving staff provides an esteemed outlook toward the shared goal of growing and educating the University’s leadership level donor base.

Washington C. DePauw Society Executive Committee 2013-14

John L. Rabb ’66, chair

Jason A. Asbury ’95

John H. Bankhurst ’99

Emily Smith Coolidge ’93

Jane Rowles Dickson ’54

Mark E. English ’64

Suzanne L. Hickman ’75

Matthew J. Kleymeyer ’04

Kay E. Pashos ’81

Blair K. Rudert ’07

Thomas R. Schuck ’72

Washington C. DePauw Lifetime Society

The Washington C. DePauw Lifetime Society extends membership to donors and their spouses whose gifts and commitments to the University total at least $100,000. Their contributions to DePauw are recognized by individual bronze plaques on the wall of The Washington C. DePauw Plaza in front of East College. The exceptional financial support from the members of The Washington C. DePauw Lifetime Society has shaped the history and progress of the University. So many of the excellent academic opportunities, resources and facilities that DePauw provides to its students and faculty members would not be possible without the generosity and leadership of these major donors. The University gratefully acknowledges the extraordinary giving of these alumni, parents and friends.

 

The membership levels of the Washington C. DePauw Lifetime Society are:

Trustee Associates Lifetime........... $100,000,000 or more

East College Lifetime........... $50,000,000–$99,999,999

President’s Lifetime........... $25,000,000–$49,999,999

Old Gold Lifetime........... $10,000,000–$24,999,999

Charter Lifetime........... $5,000,000–$9,999,999

Partner Lifetime........... $1,000,000–$4,999,999

Fellow Lifetime........... $500,000–$999,999

Lifetime........... $100,000–$499,999

Qualifying gifts and commitments include cash, securities, real estate and other personal property. They may be in the form of outright gifts, bequests or life income agreements. Gifts to The Fund for DePauw (formerly the Annual Fund) are cumulative toward membership in the Washington C. DePauw Lifetime Society.

Washington C. DePauw Annual Society

 

The Washington C. DePauw Annual Society offered membership to alumni, parents and friends who gave $1,500 or more to DePauw during the 2014 fiscal year. Alumni who graduated within the past 14 years qualified for membership at separate giving levels. Membership and recognition are based on an individual’s or couple’s personal gifts and matching gifts received in a single fiscal year. The University depends on leadership-level annual gifts, which provide critical support to underwrite the University’s intellectual and creative life.

The membership levels of the Washington C. DePauw Annual Society for the 2014 fiscal year were:

  • $1,500 or more from alumni who are 15 or more years post graduation (Class of 1999 or prior).
  • $1,000 or more from alumni who are 10–14 years post graduation (Class of 2000 through Class of 2004).
  • $500 or more from Graduates of the Last Decade, alumni who are 1-9 years post graduation (Class of 2005 through Class of 2014).

In conjunction with the launch of The Campaign for DePauw and The Fund for DePauw on October 3, 2014, the qualifying giving level for membership in the Washington C. DePauw Annual Society for alumni 15 or more years out increased from $1,500 to $2,000 for the 2015 fiscal year and beyond.