Giving Societies

Every donor makes a difference in the lives of students at Denison University. Generous donors who invest in a Denison education at a giving- society level understand that private support unlocks the potential of our students, allowing them to become the architects of their own lives.

Members of our giving societies serve as partners and investors of the institution, helping to build a foundation of success.

Please review the information below for more information on our giving societies. Thank you for your support!

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1831 Society
$1 Million+
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Richard Temple Society
$50,000+

Richard Temple was the first black man to graduate from Denison. He graduated in 1884, less than 20 years after the Civil War ended. Your support of Denison strengthens our ability to sustain students who are “firsts” from all kinds of backgrounds.

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Grace Lyon Society
$25,000–$49,999

In 1899, Grace Lyon was the first woman to graduate from Denison. Her education was possible thanks to funding by John D. Rockefeller, a member of Denison’s Board of Trustees. Your support of Denison connects you to a long line of philanthropists, like Rockefeller, who believe in the power of a liberal arts education

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Blair Knapp Society
$15,000–$24,999

Blair Knapp was Denison’s 14th President. He believed in his students’ talents, and expected them to persevere to fulfill their potential. Your support of Denison strengthens our ability to sustain educators who, like President Knapp, are committed to excellence across the liberal arts and sciences.

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Barney Family Society
$10,000–$14,999

Denison benefactor Eliam Barney was an educator and an entrepreneur. He established an academy in Dayton, and he built and operated a successful sawmill. Your support of Denison strengthens our ability to sustain students who, like Eliam Barney, are lifelong learners and entrepreneurs.

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Ambrose Swasey Society
$5,000–$9,999

Denison benefactor Ambrose Swasey was a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He invented astronomical instruments and designed some of the most powerful and accurate telescopes of his day. Your support of Denison strengthens our ability to sustain people who, like Ambrose Swasey, are committed to excellence across the arts and sciences.

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William Doane Society
$2,500–$4,999

Denison benefactor William Doane held more than 70 patents and composed several hundred hymns. He is a fine example of how the scope of life is elevated by the liberal arts. Your support of Denison strengthens our ability to sustain students whose lives will rise above the ordinary.

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Bessie Jones Society
$1,000–$2,499

In 1906, Bessie Jones was the first black woman to graduate from Denison. Your support of Denison strengthens our ability to sustain students who are “firsts” from all kinds of backgrounds.

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Big Red Society
For Students and Young Alumni

Recognizes young alumni one to four years out who give $250 or more, and graduates five to nine years out who give $500 or more. The Big Red Society recognizes student donors of any amount.

Questions?

Ed Cable

Ed Cable

Director of Gift Planning

cablee@denison.edu

740-587-5540

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Billie Handa

Director of the Annual Fund

handab@denison.edu

740-587-6730