Honoring Donors

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For decades, Penn State has recognized our most generous supporters by inviting them to become members of University-wide giving societies: the President’s Club, the Mount Nittany Society, and the Nittany Lion Club. These organizations were created to honor the important role that donors play in our success and to inspire new levels of philanthropy.

For the first time in more than ten years, the requirements for membership are being changed. These changes reflect careful study by a task force of donors, volunteers, and staff, benchmarking with peer 
institutions, and increases in the cost of providing world-class educational and athletic opportunities, as well as inflation.

Mount Nittany Society

Cumulative gifts of $250,000 or more qualify donors for membership. Giving circles within the Mount Nittany Society honor donors who reach milestones in their cumulative giving. Membership in the Laurel Circle honors donors whose cumulative gifts exceed $1 million. Membership in the Elm Circle honors donors with cumulative giving of $5 million or more.

If you have any questions about the Mount Nittany Society, please contact Kris Meyer, director of Donor Relations, at 814-863-4300.

The Penn State President’s Club

Annual gifts to any fund at Penn State totaling $10,000 or more qualify alumni and friends for the President’s Circle, the highest level of recognition, new as of 2011-2012.

Membership in the Sparks Circle is offered to donors whose annual cumulative giving reaches the $5,000 level.

The Hetzel Circle of the President’s Club honors those individuals who make annual gifts totaling $2,500 or more to the University, regardless of allocation.

If you have any questions about the President’s Club, please contact the Office of Annual Giving, by calling 888-800-9163 toll-free, sending an email to PresidentsClub@psu.edu, or visiting www.PresidentsClub.psu.edu.

The Nittany Lion Club

The Nittany Lion Club honors Penn State alumni and friends who support the University's intercollegiate athletic programs and provide grant-in-aid to student-athletes. Donors receive points that give them priority status for football and basketball tickets as well as many other benefits, such as reserved parking and invitations to receptions.

You can learn more about the Nittany Lion Club and how to join by visiting its website, www.nittanylionclub.com. If you have questions, please contact our staff at nittanylionclub@psu.edu.

The Golden Lion Society

This society represents a group of the University’s most loyal supporters—alumni who have given to Penn State for at least four years in a row or every year since graduation.

If you have any questions about the Golden Lion Society, please contact Mark Rudloff, associate director of Annual Giving, at 814-863-2052.