Giving societies

Anthony Wayne Society

Wayne State established the Anthony Wayne Society in 1971 to recognize the lifelong commitment of its leading donors and their role in making the university one of the nation's preeminent urban research institutions. A gift or pledge to support Wayne State University is recognized in the Anthony Wayne Society at the following levels:

  •     The Legends Circle — $25 million
  •     The Founders Circle — $10 million
  •     The Governors Circle — $5 million
  •     The Presidents Circle — $1 million
  •     The University Circle — $500,000
  •     The 1868 Circle — $250,000
  •     The Heritage Circle — $100,000
  •     The Cornerstone Circle — $50,000
  •     The Charter Circle — $25,000

Membership in the Anthony Wayne Society is open to donors who support designated funds at any of the schools or colleges, as well as those who contribute unrestricted gifts to support the area of greatest need for the university. All contributions are added together to determine the level of recognition.

Qualification for membership

Recognition is based on a donor's total giving history. Gifts of cash, securities, real estate, pledges, planned gifts and corporate matching gift dollars are used to determine the donor's level of recognition.

Whether supporters create an endowed fund for student scholarships in a specific college or provide the university's president with unrestricted gifts to capitalize on education and research opportunities, major contributions mark Wayne State University as a university of distinction. Every gift you make to the university is tallied to determine your recognition level.

Donor benefits and activities

The most important benefit is the satisfaction you receive by helping to support Wayne State University. Students, faculty and programs within every school and college thank you for your investment in the Wayne State community.

As leadership donors, Anthony Wayne Society members receive regular communication from the university's president and have the opportunity to participate in special university-wide events. The society provides a means to bring together those who have expressed a common interest in the mission and future of the university.

The Anthony Wayne Society also meets annually to recognize new members and members who have increased their commitment to higher society levels.

If you have questions about the Anthony Wayne Society, please call or email Leslie Carmona, director of donor relations, at 313-577-8085 or

Old Main Society

The Old Main Society recognizes donors who have made provisions for Wayne State University as a part of their estate plans. Members of the Old Main Society stand among the university's most generous supporters. With their commitment, they provide for the future of Wayne State University, helping to support its highest aspirations for opportunity and excellence.

As part of the Old Main Society, members are invited to financial and estate-planning presentations and receive donor publications.

If you have included the university, its colleges, schools, programs or scholarships in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can recognize your intention appropriately. The university will ensure that the gift you have planned can be used as you request and will ask you to consider listing your name with the Old Main Society members who have planned for the university's future. Only your name is listed, without any reference to your plans. You may be listed as anonymous if you prefer.

To join the Old Main Society, you must do one of the following:

  • Create a bequest through your will or trust naming the university as beneficiary.
  • Establish a life income gift plan that pays you (and/or another whom you name) an income during your lifetime(s) and then benefits Wayne State.
  • Name Wayne State University as remainder beneficiary of your retirement assets or other account.
  • Fund a Charitable Lead Trust to provide income to Wayne State for a specific period of time and a transfer of the property to your heirs afterward with less estate tax.
  • Contribute real estate while retaining a life estate.

Wayne State University invites you to explore these options and discuss the benefits for you and your loved ones.

Learn more about planned gift strategies.