EKU Recognition Levels

To honor Eastern Kentucky University 's most generous supporters, a number of giving societies have been formed that recognize annual donations, cumulative support, and those special individuals who have made some type of future provision for the University. Through the following structure we want to recognize you, thank you, and keep you and other generous contributors connected to EKU's learning community. Your dedication to Eastern serves as an example for others to follow.

In recognition of gifts made annually:

Ambassadors Level - $100 - $249
Heritage Level - $250 - $499
Founders Level - $500 - $999

In recognition of annual leadership support: The Circle of Opportunity

Eastern Kentucky University’s Circle of Opportunity leadership recognition society is open to alumni and friends whose annual gifts total $1,000 or more within a fiscal year, which runs from July 1-June 30. 

You may designate your gift to any campus areas, such as a specific scholarship, department, college, favorite sports team, or EKU Libraries, just to name a few.  We encourage you to direct your gift in a way that matters to you.

The levels within the Circle of Opportunity, based on annual contributions, are:

Milestone Circle - $10,000 or more
Associates Circle - $5,000-$9,999
1906 Circle - $2,500-$4,999
President’s Circle - $1,000-$2,499
Young Circle (students and graduates of the last five years) - $500 or more

Gifts toward membership in the Circle of Opportunity also count toward your membership in our cumulative societies.  For more information about the Circle of Opportunity, please contact us via email at giving@eku.edu

In recognition of cumulative support:

Fellows - $10,000 - $49,999
Patrons - $50,000 - $99,999
Second Century Patrons - $100,000 and up

In recognition of those providing future support: The Legacy Society

The Eastern Kentucky University Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who have provided for EKU in their estate plans. These charitable contributions greatly benefit Eastern while often offering substantial tax advantages to the donors. The most common form of an estate or “planned” gift is a will bequest in which a donor names EKU as beneficiary of a specific dollar amount or residual percentage of an estate. Other planned gift options include charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and gifts of life insurance. A number of unique variations are possible with these plans, many of which provide donors with lifetime payments. If you have already made estate provisions for EKU or if you have questions about the Legacy Society, please contact Melinda Murphy at (859) 622-8090