Every Card counts! Be part of the University of Louisville's future by joining a University of Louisville giving society. Your membership in any UofL giving society may include your spouse and is renewable annually (membership follows the fiscal year, July 1-June 30). To join, contact a member of our staff, return the pledge card you received in the mail.

Red and Black Society

An annual gift of less than $1,000 qualifies you for membership in the Red and Black Society. Gifts made every year at this level compose the foundation of annual giving. This society honors these donors whose support is vital to the university's efforts to distinguish itself as a premier metropolitan research and educational institution. Benefits include inclusion in the Honor Roll of Donors. The Red and Black Society giving levels are:

Friends Club: Less than $100
Century Club: $100-$299
Carillon Club: $300-$499
Scholars Club: $500-$999 

1798 Society

With an annual gift of $1,000 or more, you are a member of the 1798 Society, UofL's premier annual giving club. The 1798 Society's name refers to the year the Kentucky state legislature passed an act establishing the Jefferson Seminary, the predecessor of the University of Louisville. Members receive invitations to special UofL events and are recognized in the Honor Roll of Donors. The 1798 Society giving levels are:

President's Level: $50,000
Dean's Level: $10,000-$49,999
Founder's Level: $5,000-$9,999
Tower Level: $2,500-$4,999
1798 Level: $1,000-$2,499
Cardinal Level (for recent alumni)*

*Cardinal Level of the 1798 Society

The Cardinal Level of the 1798 Society is restricted to recent alumni. Benefits of membership include invitations to select 1798 events, campus and athletic events, recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors, and invitations to special recent alumni events.

 Undergraduate alumni:
1-4 years after graduating: $100-$499
5-9 years after graduating: $500-$999

Graduate alumni:

1-4 years after graduating: $100-$499


UofL Society

The UofL Society was created in 1989 to formally recognize and honor the university's most generous benefactors: those with lifetime gifts of $50,000 and above. These members distinguish themselves as leaders in the community through their shared appreciation and genuine concern for higher education. UofL Society members provide the university with the opportunity to pursue excellence in its academic and athletic programs.

Membership in the UofL Society is available to individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations. The UofL Society recognizes distinguished donors at the following levels:

Guthrie Circle: $50,000 or more
Parrish Circle: $100,000 or more
Wyatt Circle: $250,000 or more
Brandeis Circle: $500,000 or more
Hite Circle: $1 million or more
Bingham Circle: $2.5 million or more
Grawemeyer Circle: $5 million or more
Speed Circle: $10 million or more
Belknap Circle: $15 million or more
Jefferson Circle: $20 million or more
Minerva Circle: $25 million or more


The Drs. Samuel and Lolita Weakley Society

WeakleysThe Drs. Samuel and Lolita Weakley Society was created to recognize donors who sustain the University of Louisville's strategic initiatives by making consistent annual gifts to the University of Louisville Foundation on a consecutive-year basis. Consistent annual giving is at the heart of the University's philanthropic giving programs. This society is appropriately named for two special donors who recognized the importance of making gifts annually and who dedicated themselves to practicing and championing that cause.

The society is named after the late Drs. Samuel D. Weakley Jr. and Lolita S. "Lita" Weakley who boasted a long history of philanthropy and leadership efforts on behalf of the University of Louisville. As graduates of the UofL School of Medicine, both believed it was their obligation to give back. Collectively, they established two endowed chairs in the School of Medicine and served on the university's Challenge for Excellence campaign committee and the Board of Overseers. In addition, Lita chaired the annual giving program from 1995 to 2000, and Sam was on the board of the UofL Foundation Inc. and a member of the UofL Board of Trustees. Sam also served on the James Graham Brown Cancer Center's Finding Answers to Cancer campaign committee.

Henry P. and Rebecca L. Conn Legacy Society

Named in Honor of Hank and Becky Conn, who made a generous planned gift for the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering, establishing the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. This Society recognizes alumni and friends who have included the University of Louisville in their philanthropic plans through various types of planned, giving. Among these are outright bequests, gifts of appreciated assets, gifts of retirement plan assets, gifts of life insurance, and gifts created by life-income agreements and trusts for all purposes consistent with the University’s mission. The Society hosts an annual recognition dinner each year. For more information, please visit UofLplannedgifts.org.