A portrait of Berea alumna Jesse Reasor Zander

Giving Clubs

Berea’s gift clubs recognize our generous alumni and friends who demonstrate their strong commitment to Berea College by giving at various levels or by remembering the College in their wills and legacy planning. Club membership is based annually on the college’s fiscal year, which runs July 1 to June 30.

Explore Berea’s gift club options to see how we recognize and thank our valued supporters. 

Man smiling at the MAC building celebration

Lifetime Giving Societies

Berea College’s lifetime giving societies recognize our most generous donors for their remarkable commitment to Berea’s mission.

John G. Fee Society

Carter G. Woodson Society

Matilda Fee Society

Loyal Jones Society

Julia Britton Hooks Society

Professor Yahng in front of the Yahng discovery center

1855 Club

The 1855 Club is named for the founding of our great College, these generous friends and alumni are foundational to our current operations. Each year, these gifts represent 55% of the Berea Fund. These gifts provide critical gap funding, helping us to meet the need not met by the endowment.


$15,000 – $24,999

$10,000 – $14,999

$5,000 – $9,999

Second Century Club

Since 1980, this special group of individuals has helped to significantly increase Berea College’s financial base and ensure that each student has access to the Berea opportunity. Members of the Second Century Club are directly supporting Berea’s mission.

$2,500 +

$1,000 – $2,499

$500 – $999

$250 – $499

Elizabeth Culbreth

Culbreth Society

Berea Trustee Elizabeth Culbreth ’64 began giving back to her alma mater in 1965. Her faithfulness and love of Berea inspire us—that’s why we want to recognize all those who make consecutive gifts to Berea by welcoming them into the Elizabeth Culbreth Society. Have you given to Berea consecutively for at least five years? Thank you for this incredible loyalty. The members of the Elizabeth Culbreth Society, who give year after year, sustain Berea College’s great work.

Diane and David Wallace

Great Commitments Society

The Great Commitments Society recognizes an important group of individuals who play a key role in the future of the College. A picturesque garden behind Draper Hall is also dedicated to this group of individuals.

A portrait of alumnus Anthony Myrks-Brewer

Berea Partners

Berea Partners is a new gift club made exclusively for monthly donors. Your monthly gifts allow you to invest in lives of great promise all year long. By giving monthly, you truly partner with us to keep the Berea College mission alive and well.

Mindy Townsend, Director of Donor Relations and Communications
Phone: 800-457-9846, ext. 3856
Email: townsendm@berea.edu