University of Virginia Giving Societies
The Lawn Society recognizes the University’s leading benefactors and encourages other alumni and friends to follow their example. This premier group of donors has benefited the University in many significant ways, such as supporting Alzheimer’s disease research, expanding leadership programs and helping to fund new facilities across the Grounds. Lifetime membership in the Lawn Society is afforded to those who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more to the University. President Frank L. Hereford Jr., the fifth president of the University, established the Lawn Society in 1975.
The Cornerstone Society is a community of forward-thinking alumni, faculty, parents and friends who have chosen to make a gift to the University of Virginia through their wills, living trusts, retirement plans, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and life insurance policies. Often, planned gifts like these complement a donor’s lifetime of loyal giving.
Through their leadership annual fund gifts of $2,500 and above, Rotunda Society members provide the University with the resources it needs to inspire student discovery and achievement, recruit and retain superb faculty, uphold excellence in patient care and conduct research that addresses the most challenging issues of our time.
Jefferson’s Circle members support the preservation and interpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece, including the Rotunda, pavilions and hotels, student rooms, Lawn and gardens that comprise the Academical Village. Gifts of $1,000 or more to the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative qualify donors for membership each fiscal year. Jefferson’s Circle donors are recognized for their support annually in the Rotunda.