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Office of University Advancement

Donor Groups and Recognition Societies


Columbus State relies on the generosity of private donors and recognizes supporters through the following recognition societies: 

Annual Fund Society: 

$1 - $499 Donor
$500 - $999 Supporter

Tower Society:

The Tower Society recognizes those supporters who faithfully make annual gifts to Columbus State University at the minimum leadership level of $1,000.   
$1,000 - $4,999 Copper
$5,000 - $9,999 Bronze
$10,000 - $24,999 Silver
$25,000 and above Gold


Starting in 2016, the Tower Society established the Distinguished Service Award honoring an extraordinary volunteer who encourages philanthropic support and advocates on behalf of the university. The inaugural award was given to James. D. Yancey, A.S. '64 at the annual Tower Society Gala. 

The Loyalty Society:

The Loyalty Society recognizes those supporters who faithfully make gifts to Columbus State University year after year.  Anyone who has given to the University for a minimum of five consecutive years becomes a member of The Loyalty Society.


Lifetime Giving: The President’s Society

The President’s Society is comprised of a special group of benefactors whose cumulative lifetime gifts to Columbus State University exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).


Endowed Funds: The Shannon Society

The Shannon Society recognizes individuals, foundations, and other entities who have established endowed funds for scholarships, faculty chairs, academic units, and programs or initiatives that enhance and support excellence at Columbus State University.  In 1958 Columbus College opened its doors to 265 students in a building that originally housed the Shannon Hosiery Mill.  The Shannon Society honors the leaders whose vision and generosity established the university and ushered in a new era for education.


Planned Gifts: The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society is comprised of a select group of alumni and friends who have notified the University of specific provisions in their estate, retirement, or life insurance plans or have named the University as a beneficiary of a charitable trust or life income gift such as an annuity.