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Phoenix Society

Established by the Board of Trustees in 2000, the Phoenix Society honors individuals who make provisions in their estate plans or establish life-income gifts to benefit the University of Chicago. These gifts provide important ways to strengthen and sustain the University's future. The Trustees' selection of the phoenix as the society's symbol recognizes the vibrant link between the University's history and its future.

We are pleased to invite you to join this unique society. Membership is extended to individuals who make one of the following commitments to the University:

The Phoenix Society offers members:

  • a special memento;
  • invitations to exclusive University events (see below);
  • recognition in an annual Honor Roll of contributors in University publications and at special events (unless anonymity is requested).

Additionally, members of the Phoenix Society (and one guest) are welcome to attend Harper Lectures free of charge when registering in advance. To take advantage of this benefit, or to request more information, members should e-mail with their name, the name of their guest, and contact information.

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Brenda Lee Johnson
Office of Gift Planning
5235 South Harper Court
Chicago, Illinois, 60615


2014 Phoenix Society Luncheon

November 7, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Phoenix Society members were invited to the University Club for a luncheon featuring John Cacioppo, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience. See a slideshow and recap of the event here.


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A Celebration of Leaders in Philanthropy

This year's Celebration of Leaders in Philanthropy honored our most loyal supporters and showcased students and faculty from 18 different areas across the University. View pictures and learn more about the programs featured at the event.

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Interested in joining the Phoenix Society? Please fill out our membership form.

Our supporters

Mary Lou Gorno

University Trustee and Phoenix Society chair