Donor Recognition

Gift Amount

We are grateful for the philanthropic support each year from alumni, parents, and friends. In appreciation of this investment in our mission, Luther recognizes donors of all levels with programs, donor lists, and events throughout the year.

View the Impact of Giving Annual Report.

Donor recognition programs include

  • Luther Loyalty Society—consistent giving of 3 years or more to Luther.
  • President’s Council—all gifts of $1,500 or more to any fund (including the Luther Fund) or gifts of $750 or more from alumni in their first decade after graduation. These donors are recognized as members of the President's Council First-Decade Society.
  • Heritage Club—planned gifts
  • Legacy Trust—annual and endowed scholarships

Luther Loyalty Society recognizes 3 or more years of consecutive giving (in a calendar year) to Luther. Your loyal support each and every year has an immediate and lasting impact on Luther’s campus.

President’s Council recognizes all gifts of $1,500 or more in a calendar year to any designation (and gifts of $750 or more for the First-Decade Society, alumni in their first decade after graduation). Planned gifts qualify donors for President’s Council membership for one year. Members are invited to the President's Council event each year. President's Council donors are recognized annually through the following levels:

  • President's Executive Cabinet—$50,000 or more
  • President's Associates—$25,000-$49,999
  • President's Academy—$10,000-$24,999
  • President's Affiliates—$5,000-$9,999
  • President's Society—$1,500-$4,999
  • President's First-Decade Society—$750 or more

Life Membership in President’s Council honors those donors whose cumulative giving totals $100,000 or more. Select planned gifts also qualify donors for life membership. Life members are invited to the President's Council event each year, and they are recognized as members of the President’s Circle at the following levels:

  • Farwell Circle—$5,000,000 or more
  • Larsen Circle—$1,000,000-$4,999,999
  • Preus Circle—$500,000-$999,999
  • Olson Circle—$250,000-$499,999
  • Ylvisaker Circle—$100,000-$249,999

Heritage Club recognizes planned gifts to Luther College. Planned gifts qualify donors for President’s Council membership for one year, and select planned gifts may qualify donors for President's Council life membership.

Heritage Club Members are recognized annually during Commencement Weekend at the Heritage Club Dinner.

Legacy Trust This Scholarship Program recognizes donors who have established annual or endowed scholarships. Scholarship donors are invited to the Legacy Trust Scholarship Luncheon event each year.

Endowed scholarships are listed in two directories; one is sorted by academic area, the other by donor name.