Giving Societies

Celebrate your Investment

Your philanthropy makes a difference at Gustavus, and we want to celebrate your generosity by inviting you to become a member of our giving societies. These societies recognize your loyalty, your leadership, and your vision—which are helping to build a stronger Gustavus. Become a member by making your gift today through our secure online form.

Black and Gold

Black and Gold Society

The Black and Gold Society recognizes the College’s most loyal donors who consistently support our mission and vision through annual contributions. The amount of the gift does not matter; giving consistently to the Gustavus Annual Fund does. Learn more.

 

To become a member of the Black and Gold Society you must give every year for five years based on the College’s fiscal year (June1–May 31). After five years, your membership in the society renews each year when you make your gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund. Donors who give consecutively for 25 years are recognized as lifetime members.

The greatest benefit of being a member of this club is knowing you’re making a difference. Your gifts help young people achieve their dreams, fund important maintenance for all areas of campus, and provide the College with more opportunities to secure funding from corporate, foundation, and government sources.

Recognition Opportunities:

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping Gusties make their lives count.
  • Lifetime members will receive a Black and Gold lapel pin to signify their loyalty.
 
1862 Society

1862 Society

Just as Pastor Eric Norelius and his Swedish Lutheran Church made a significant investment in establishing Gustavus Adolphus College in 1862, this society recognizes those whose leadership-level giving sustains it today. Members of the 1862 Society rise to the challenge of continuing the tradition of academic excellence for generations to come. Learn more.

 

Membership in the 1862 Society is open to all alumni, parents, and friends who make a gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund of $1,500 or more. Graduates of the past 15 years qualify for membership at special reduced rates. Giving includes personal and corporate matching gifts received during the College’s fiscal year (June 1–May 31).

Annual memberships are achieved by giving to the Gustavus Annual Fund at the following levels:

  • Alumni classes of 1998 and prior along with all friends of the College: $1,500 or more
  • Alumni classes 1999–2003: $1,000 or more
  • Alumni classes 2004–2014: $500 or more

Recognition Opportunities:

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping Gusties make their lives count.
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year that will increase engagement opportunities with top philanthropic and business leaders at Gustavus.
 
Founders Society

Founders Society

Visionary leaders founded the school, sought its permanent home, and committed themselves to building a reputation for excellence and service that defines Gustavus Adolphus College today. The Founders Society expresses gratitude toward individuals and organizations whose gifts have made a significant difference in the lives of students and further advanced the hopes of its founders. Learn more.

 

Donors whose cumulative giving—through outright or irrevocable planned gifts—exceeds the cost of a Gustavus education ($150,000) are granted a lifetime membership in this society.

Recognition Opportunities:

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping Gusties make their lives count.
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year, including the President’s Christmas Dinners.
 
Gustavus Heritage Partnership

Gustavus Heritage Partnership

The Gustavus Heritage Partnership (GHP) was established in 1988 to recognize and celebrate those who have chosen to make commitments to the College that will last beyond their living years. Today, more than 1,000 dedicated alumni and friends have chosen to make the impact of a lifetime through a legacy gift. Learn more.

 

This society includes those who choose to invest in the future of the College through many types of planned commitments and gifts of $25,000 or more to an endowed fund.

Recognition Opportunities:

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are helping Gusties make their lives count.
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year, including the President’s Christmas Dinners.

Affinity Groups

Support what you love most about Gustavus by joining one of our Affinity Groups.

G Club

G Club

Behind every goal, touchdown, ace, and finish line…there is someone who believes that excellence is the key to success. At Gustavus, student athletes are supported by a strong community of alumni, parents, and friends known as the G Club.

Friends of Music

Friends of Music

The Gustavus Friends of Music is a network of alumni, parents, and friends who seek to make a difference in the lives of student-musicians at Gustavus, create opportunities, and open doors. By becoming a Friend of Music you can ensure the tradition of music excellence continues to echo through the halls of Schaefer Performing Arts Center, fills the worship space in Christ Chapel, and inspires people of all ages around the world.

Parents Club

Parents Club

You have been there every step of the way, nurturing their dreams and investing in their future. Now they’ve chosen Gustavus as the place that will further prepare them to make their lives count. You can actively support their decision through gifts to the Parents Fund.