Gift Clubs at Berea College
Berea’s gift clubs recognize those alumni and friends who demonstrate their strong commitment to Berea College by giving at certain levels or remembering the College in their wills.
Berea Patrons is a gift club that recognizes students who support the work of Berea College through one time gifts or their labor earnings. Membership is renewed on an annual basis, and all gifts from July 1 to June 30 count toward membership. Their gifts go to the Berea Fund, which supports everything that Berea is and does.
The Mountaineer Club recognizes students and young alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years and donate $50 or more from July 1 to June 30. All donations through the Mountaineer Club will go directly to student tuition and other campus programs:
- Quad Level $50-$99.99
- Ridge Level $100-$199.99
- Pinnacle Level $200-$249.99
- Pinnacle Plus Level $250 or more
Second Century Club
Since 1980, this special group of individuals has helped to significantly increase Berea College’s financial base. Membership is tiered and based on annual giving:
- Platinum—$2,500 or more
Since the College’s inception, Berea’s presidents have worked to offer the educational opportunities to promising students with limited economic means. President Lyle Roelofs welcomes all who wish to join him in this undertaking.
Lifetime memberships are conferred upon those who have already contributed $20,000 or more to Berea or who indicate their intention of contributing $2,000 annually until $20,000 (including past donations) has been reached.
Berea’s founders, including Rev. John G. Fee, risked their lives and made extraordinary sacrifices to establish a school where students with no other educational opportunities could reach their potential. Today, Founders’ Club members help continue this legacy.
Lifetime memberships are conferred upon those who have already contributed $50,000 or more to Berea or who indicate their intention of contributing $5,000 annually until $50,000 (including past donations) has been reached. Membership may also include the donor’s spouse.
Great Commitments Society
The Great Commitments Society recognizes an important group of individuals who play a key role in the future of the College. Members have included Berea College in their wills or have established life-income agreements with the College.
Great Commitments Society members have the option of receiving recognition through publication of their names in special College reports. The members are also invited to attend the Great Commitments Society Reception and Induction Ceremony every year in June. A small, picturesque garden behind Draper Hall is also dedicated to this group of individuals.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the Great Commitments Society, please contact Amy Shehee, Director of Gift Planning.
For more information about the Second Century Club, President’s Club, or Founders’ Club, please contact Mary Labus if you are an alum or Melissa Kelley if you are not an alum.