Donor Recognition Societies

Donor support ensures that critical funding is available to fulfill the promise of a Kettering education. We are very grateful to all of our Donor Recognition society members for their consistent giving and thoughtful investment. Membership in our Loyalty Society is based on annual giving with membership in all other recognition societies based on cumulative giving.

Loyalty Society

The Loyalty Society honors alumni, parents and friends who make an annual contribution of any amount for three consecutive years or more. Gifts to all areas of the university are counted by academic year, running from July 1 to June 30.

Kettering University's Professor Henry Kowalski, fondly known as Doc K

The President's Circle

The President’s Circle recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $10,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $25,000 or more.

The General Determination Society

The General Determination Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $25,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $50,000 or more.

The Founders Society

The Founders Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $50,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $100,000 or more.

The Innovator Society

The Innovator Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $200,000 or more.

Kettering University Alumni remain loyal to the university after graduating and give financially to help future students be successful.

The 1919 Society

The 1919 Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $250,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $500,000 or more.

The Scholars Society

The Scholars Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $500,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $1,000,000 or more.

The Bell Tower Society

The Bell Tower Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $1,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $2,000,000 or more.

The Charles F. Kettering Society

The Charles F. Kettering Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $5,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $10,000,000 or more.
Kettering University Alumni enjoy catching up during the Golden Circle Breakfast during Homecoming Weekend activities.

The Albert Sobey Society

The Albert Sobey Society is named in honor of the University’s first president and recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $10,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $20,000,000 or more.

The Pinnacle Society

The Pinnacle Society recognizes donors who have made cumulative gifts of $25,000,000 or more, pledged a gift over five years to reach this level, or have documented a planned gift of $50,000,000 or more.

Heritage Circle

The Heritage Circle recognizes individuals for their documented planned gifts regardless of size. Kettering University created the Heritage Circle in 1995 to honor alumni and friends who have arranged a gift to the University by will, trust, gift annuity, insurance policy, pooled income fund, retirement plan or IRA, or otherwise through their estate. Membership in the Heritage Circle is a way for Kettering University to thank those alumni and friends during their lifetime.