Donor Recognition and Appreciation

Lifetime Giving Societies

Membership in The Lifetime Giving Societies is Mary Baldwin University’s most prestigious donor recognition honoring the leadership and extraordinary support of alumni, friends, faculty and staff. Individuals are inducted into one of five societies named in honor of milestone years throughout Mary Baldwin’s history. Individuals become members based on their outright, cumulative giving over time to the university. Cumulative giving is calculated based on gifts received through the fiscal year ending June 30.

The 1842 Society

Named for the year of the founding of the Augusta Female Seminary at the inception of the institution’s history, The 1842 Society represents the highest lifetime giving recognition, honoring donors who contribute a cumulative total of $5 million or more to the university over the course of their lifetimes.

The 1842 Society Benefits

  • In person and/or virtual visits with university president and executive staff.
  • Invitation to exclusive virtual and/or in-person conversations with faculty and administrative leaders.
  • Name recognition on campus and university website.
  • Priority recognition of leadership support at events throughout the year.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Impact updates on how your giving helps hundreds of students fulfill their potential.

The 1895 Society

Named for the year Augusta Female Seminary was renamed Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1895 in honor of Mary Julia Baldwin, The 1895 Society recognizes donors who contribute a cumulative total of $1 million to $4.99 million to the university over the course of their lifetimes.

The 1895 Society Benefits

  • Invitation to exclusive virtual and/or in-person conversations with faculty and administrative leaders.
  • Name recognition on campus and university website.
  • Priority recognition of leadership support at events throughout the year.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Impact updates on how your giving helps hundreds of students fulfill their potential.

The 1923 Society

Named for the year Mary Baldwin Seminary became Mary Baldwin College, The 1923 recognizes donors who contribute a cumulative total of $500,000 to $999,999 to the university over the course of their lifetimes.

The 1923 Society Benefits

  • Name recognition on campus and university website.
  • Recognition of leadership support at events throughout the year.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Impact updates on how your giving helps hundreds of students fulfill their potential.

The 1992 Society

Named for the 150 year anniversary of the founding of the Augusta Female Seminary, The 1992 Society recognizes donors who contribute a cumulative total of $250,000 to $499,999 to the university over the course of their lifetimes.

The 1992 Society Benefits

  • Name recognition on campus and university website.
  • Priority recognition of leadership support at events throughout the year.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Impact updates on how your giving helps hundreds of students fulfill their potential.

The 2016 Society

Named for the year Mary Baldwin College became Mary Baldwin University reflecting the institution’s range of bachelors, masters and PhD programs, The 2016 Society recognizes donors who contribute a cumulative total of $100,000 to $249,999 to the university over the course of their lifetimes.

The 2016 Society Benefits

  • Name recognition on campus and university website.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Impact updates on how your giving helps hundreds of students fulfill their potential.

Kiracofe Society

The Kiracofe Society, named in honor of faithful alumna Charlene Kiracofe ‘25. On a teacher’s salary, Charlene made annual gifts throughout her lifetime and committed to remembering Mary Baldwin in her will. When she died in 1987, Mary Baldwin received a substantial gift, just as she planned. In that same year, The Kiracofe Society was established to recognize those who honor Mary Baldwin through a provision in their estate plan.

The Kiracofe Society Benefits

  • Name recognition on university website.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Recognition of support at events throughout the year.

Annual Giving Circles

Membership in the Annual Giving Circles honors the leadership and extraordinary support of alumni, friends, faculty and staff. Individuals are inducted into one of the five giving circles named in honor of our academic leaders and symbols in the Mary Baldwin seal. Individuals become members based on their outright, cumulative giving during a fiscal year.

The President’s Circle

The President’s Circle, our highest recognition level, is reserved for donors who contribute $20,000 or more annually to the university.

The President's Circle Benefits

  • Welcome letter from university president.
  • Customized seal decal gift delivered with recognition letter.
  • Priority registration for university events.
  • Name recognition on university website.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Recognition of support at events throughout the year.

The Provost’s Circle

The Provost’s Circle recognizes donors who contribute $10,000 to $19,999 annually to the university.

The Provost's Circle Benefits

  • Welcome letter from university provost.
  • Customized seal decal gift delivered with recognition letter.
  • Priority registration for university events.
  • Name recognition on university website.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Recognition of support at events throughout the year.

The Dean’s Circle

The Deans’ Circle recognizes donors who contribute $5,000 to $9,999 annually to the university.

The Dean's Circle Benefits

  • Welcome letter from university advancement vice president.
  • Customized seal decal gift delivered with recognition letter.
  • Priority registration for university events.
  • Name recognition on university website.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Recognition of support at events throughout the year.

The Oak Leaf Circle

The Oak Leaf Circle recognizes donors who contribute $2,500 to $4,999 annually to the university.

The Oak Leaf Circle Benefits

  • Welcome letter from university advancement vice president.
  • Customized seal decal gift delivered with recognition letter.
  • Name recognition on university website.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Recognition of support at events throughout the year.

The Acorn Circle

The Acorn Circle recognizes donors who contribute $1,000 to $2,499 annually to the university.

The Acorn Circle Benefits

  • Welcome letter from university advancement vice president.
  • Customized seal decal gift delivered with recognition letter.
  • Name recognition on university website.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Recognition of support at events throughout the year.

Annual Donors up to $999

Name recognition on university website.

Mary Gold Recognition

The Mary Gold status is awarded each year to our most loyal and generous donors who are recognized for their cumulative lifetime support in a lifetime giving society, their membership in the Kiracofe Society, and for their generous annual support in one of the named annual giving circles.

Mary Gold Recognition Benefits

  • Special recognition on university website of this prestigious designation.
  • Mary Gold Recognition customized seal decal gift delivered with recognition letter.
  • In person and/or virtual visits with university president and executive staff.
  • Invitation to exclusive virtual and/or in-person conversations with faculty and administrative leaders.
  • Priority recognition of leadership support at events throughout the year.
  • Opportunity to have your story featured in MBU communications.
  • Impact updates on how your giving helps hundreds of students fulfill their potential.

Grafton Society

The Grafton Society is a special Reunion society that recognizes Mary Baldwin graduates of 50 or more years, and is named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Grafton.