Anthony Wayne Society

Wayne State established the Anthony Wayne Society in 1971 to recognize the lifelong commitment of its leading donors and their role in making the university one of the nation's preeminent urban research institutions. A gift or pledge to support Wayne State University is recognized in the Anthony Wayne Society at the following levels:

  •     The Legends Circle — $25 million
  •     The Founders Circle — $10 million
  •     The Governors Circle — $5 million
  •     The Presidents Circle — $1 million
  •     The University Circle — $500,000
  •     The 1868 Circle — $250,000
  •     The Heritage Circle — $100,000
  •     The Cornerstone Circle — $50,000
  •     The Charter Circle — $25,000

Membership in the Anthony Wayne Society is open to donors who support designated funds at any of the schools or colleges, as well as those who contribute unrestricted gifts to support the area of greatest need for the university. All contributions are added together to determine the level of recognition.

Qualification for membership

Recognition is based on a donor's total giving history. Gifts of cash, securities, real estate, pledges, planned gifts and corporate matching gift dollars are used to determine the donor's level of recognition.

Whether supporters create an endowed fund for student scholarships in a specific college or provide the university's president with unrestricted gifts to capitalize on education and research opportunities, major contributions mark Wayne State University as a university of distinction. Every gift you make to the university is tallied to determine your recognition level.

Donor benefits and activities

The most important benefit is the satisfaction you receive by helping to support Wayne State University. Students, faculty and programs within every school and college thank you for your investment in the Wayne State community.

As leadership donors, Anthony Wayne Society members receive regular communication from the university's president and have the opportunity to participate in special university-wide events. The society provides a means to bring together those who have expressed a common interest in the mission and future of the university.

The Anthony Wayne Society also meets annually to recognize new members and members who have increased their commitment to higher society levels.

If you have questions about the Anthony Wayne Society, please call or e-mail Leslie Carmona, director of donor relations, at (313) 577-8085 or

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