The Phoenix Society honors individuals who make provisions in their estate plans or who establish life-income gifts to benefit the University of Chicago. Planned gifts strengthen and sustain the future of education and research at the University.

The Board of Trustees established the Phoenix Society in 2000 and selected the phoenix as the society’s symbol as a way of recognizing the dynamic link between the University’s history and its future.

Phoenix Society Membership

Lifetime membership is extended to individuals who make one or more of the following commitments to the University:

There is no minimum gift amount required for membership in the Phoenix Society. To join, please fill out our membership form

Phoenix Society Benefits

As a member of the Phoenix Society, you will receive:

  • a special memento;
  • invitations to exclusive University events;
  • complimentary admission to Harper Lectures;
  • subscriptions to Building for the Future newsletter and The University of Chicago Magazine
  • an opportunity to share your personal experiences and inspire others;
  • recognition in an annual honor roll (unless anonymity is requested); and
  • personalized assistance from gift planning professionals.

Your membership complements other University-wide recognition societies to which you may belong, including the Maroon Loyalty Society, the Chicago Society, and the Harper Society.

Phoenix Society Honor Roll

Phoenix Society members lead the way in supporting the University’s students, faculty, resources, and facilities through estate commitments and life-income arrangements. Such gifts provide important ways to strengthen and sustain the University’s future. 

The names on the Phoenix Society Honor Roll represent members welcomed into the society from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. All names are listed per member request.