Penn State Abington has recognized our most generous supporters by inviting them to become members of giving societies. These organizations were created to honor the important role that donors play in our success and to inspire new levels of philanthropy.
Membership is offered to all individuals who have cumulative giving to Abington of at least $50,000.
Mount Nittany Society
Effective January 1, 2008, cumulative gifts of $250,000 or more will qualify donors for membership. There will be no increase in the requirement for membership to the Laurel Circle, which will continue to honor donors whose cumulative gifts exceed $1 million. Current members and donors who qualify at the current $100,000 minimum level by December 31, 2007, will retain their membership after the increase goes into effect.
Previously, gifts designated for any purpose counted toward the total $2,500 annual requirement for membership. As of July 1, 2007, the President’s Club will honor those individuals who make annual unrestricted gifts of $2,500 or more to the University, to an academic college, or to a campus. Membership in the President's Club Circle of Pride will be offered to those whose annual unrestricted gifts reach the $5,000 level. Donors age 35 or under may qualify for President’s Club membership by making annual unrestricted gifts of at least $1,500.
The seventh president of Penn State, George W. Atherton's leadership came at a critical time in the University's history—when the foundation for land-grant education was established. His efforts laid the groundwork for today's achievements. The same can be said about our dedicated donors who plan for the University through their estates. Membership is offered to all individuals who have made an estate provision for the University, or a planned or deferred gift commitment, regardless of the amount.
Golden Lion Society
Penn State donors are a distinguished group of people, but perhaps the most extraordinary are those in The Golden Lion Society. This represents a group of the University’s most loyal supporters—alumni who have given to Penn State for at least four years in a row or every year since graduation. It sounds pretty exclusive, but here's the great part: it doesn't matter how much you give —what matters is that you've shown your dedication.