"Giving ... is one of life's greatest pleasures." ~ Rebecca Russell

"Giving ... is one of life's greatest pleasures." ~ Rebecca Russell

Be Recognized

In gratitude for the difference you make through your generous gifts of time, talent and treasure, we at McKendree University are always seeking ways to honor the alumni, friends and family who make giving to our beloved University a priority in their lives. We have five established giving societies at McKendree:  The William McKendree Society, The Cornerstone Society, The Old Main Society, The Bearcat Athletic Boosters and The Friends of the Hett.


The William McKendree Society


The William McKendree Society, our premier recognition group, is open to alumni, parents and friends who meet or exceed the minimum annual giving level of $1,000. Named after Bishop William McKendree, the members of the William McKendree Society are the heart of our University.

Cornerstone Society


The Cornerstone Society is a group of young alumni who are dedicated to the mission of the university by virtue of their giving and involvement. This progressive giving society of recent grads will step up their gifts by $100 every year until they meet or exceed the $1,000+ giving level. At that time, they will join the William McKendree Society at the Director’s Circle level.


Bearcat Athletic Boosters


The Bearcat Athletic Boosters honor McKendree University alumni, family and friends who support the University's intercollegiate athletic programs and student-athletes.  Our Bearcat Athletic Boosters are vitally important for the success of our varied athletic programs and those who are members of this group have a commitment to McKendree that is evident to our entire campus community making it FUN to be a Bearcat!


Friends of the Hett


Friends of the Hett
members make each season possible, and make each season better than the last! Friends of the Hett are entitled to a number of benefits and perks including ticket exchange privileges and advance ticket purchase opportunities.


Membership begins at $50. To make a gift please call Peter Palermo, Director of the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts.


The Old Main Society


The Old Main Society recognizes individuals who choose to support McKendree University through a planned gift. Members recognize the importance of supporting today’s University, and ensuring its mission is carried well into the future.  McKendree University honors with dignity and gratitude the legacy that is established through planned giving.


To learn more about our recognition alternatives or to find out about our various Alumni Honors and Awards, please contact our office