The Chicago Society recognizes leadership annual donors who support the University of Chicago at significant levels year after year.

Build Your Legacy Year by Year

By making an annual gift at the leadership level, you provide the University with the greatest flexibility in responding to the needs of our students, faculty, and community.

Chicago Society Membership

Chicago Society members include donors from across the University who give a total of $2,500 or more to the University of Chicago each fiscal year (July 1–June 30).

Midway Circle—$50,000+

Drexel Circle—$25,000

Kimbark Circle—$10,000

Dorchester Circle—$5,000

Ellis Circle—$2,500

For recent College alumni, Chicago Society membership is extended at the following annual giving levels:

  • Less than one year out, including current fourth-years—$100
  • Two through nine years out—$500
  • Ten through 14 years out—$1,000

Chicago Society Benefits

As member of the Chicago Society, you will receive recognition in our Leaders in Philanthropy Honor Rolls and special access to University events, programs, staff, publications, and leaders.

Chicago Society Giving Options

Options for giving include, but are not limited to:

  • College, divisional, and professional school annual funds;
  • Odyssey and other undergraduate scholarships;
  • graduate fellowships;
  • institutes and centers across campus;
  • UChicago centers in cities worldwide, including Beijing, Delhi, and Paris;
  • on-campus museums and theaters; and
  • initiatives that elevate education and diversity, such as the Urban Education Institute and the Women’s Leadership Council.

Download a PDF list of other popular giving designations.

Celebrating a Reunion?

Honor your class with a stretch gift at the Chicago Society level. When you pledge your leadership gift over the next five years, the total amount of your pledge will count toward your class gift. Making a leadership gift is a clear and thoughtful way to celebrate your milestone year.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts count toward membership when actual funds are received. Funds must be received in the same fiscal year as the originating gift to count toward membership. For multiyear pledges, current-year pledge payments will determine annual Chicago Society membership.