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Giving Recognition

When you make a gift to Lipscomb University, you are considered an "investor" in the lives of students—because your impact and influence go far beyond the moment of making a gift.

Alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who invest in Lipscomb by giving at a qualifying level or frequency, join one of our prestigious recognition societies.

Lipscomb Associates

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Join hundreds of Lipscomb’s most faithful investors whose annual Associate gifts create the high-quality, high-touch Christian educational experience that prepares students to successfully and fully live out their calling— the hallmark of a Lipscomb education.

Gifts from Associates enable us to better serve students by improving the student academic and co-curricular experience, enhancing campus life and expanding scholarships opportunities. Associates help us move toward the future with a wider reach, greater impact in the lives of students and community and an ascending reputation.


$1,000 to $2,499

  • Quarterly email from the President with an inside update
  • Free admission to two alumni and parent events
  • Welcome/Renewal Gift

Catalyst Associate

$2,500 to $4,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to annual VIP reception at Lighting of the Green with reserved seating

Leadership Associate

$5,000 to $9,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Exclusive annual video chat with university administrators

Dean’s Associate

$10,000 to $24,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Lunch with a Dean of your choice

President’s Associate

$25,000 and up

All of the above, plus:

  • Invitation to a reception at the home of the President

Contact the Office of Donor Relations at 615.966.5333 and learn more about the Lipscomb Associates program.

A.M. Burton Society

Named for one of Nashville’s most dedicated philanthropists and one of Lipscomb's most influential benefactors, this society celebrates those who continue Mr. Burton’s legacy with their thoughtful, long-term planning to support Christian education.

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Entrance to the A.M. Burton Society is granted to those who make revocable or irrevocable planned gifts (such as bequests, trusts, or annuities) to the University or Lipscomb Academy, or who establish a named endowment of $30,000 or more. Planning for your family's financial future can be a puzzle—let us help you solve it.

For more information and to become a member of the A.M. Burton Society, contact Paul Stovall, senior director of the Center for Estate and Gift Planning, by email or 800.333.4358, x. 5251.



The McKelvey Society

Membership in The McKelvey Society, formerly named Legacy Society, is reserved for our most loyal and committed investors and is based on cumulative lifetime giving.

Dr. McKelvey headshot

This society was renamed in November 2022 to honor a true Lipscomb legacy, Dr. Carl McKelvey. McKelvey exemplifies the meaning of legacy with over 65 years of dedicated service to Lipscomb and its mission. His walk with Lipscomb began as a student and then as an esteemed faculty member before serving as an administrator who worked with six presidents throughout his tenure at the university. 

Click here to learn more about McKelvey.



Society members are recognized at seven levels:  
College Fellow $100,000
University Fellow $250,000
Founders' Fellow $500,000
Chancellor's Fellow $1.000.000
President's Fellow $2,500,000
Trustees' Fellow $5,000,000
Legacy Fellow $10,000,000

Contact the Office of Donor Relations at 615.966.5333 and learn more about membership in The McKelvey Society!

Associated Women for Lipscomb

Campus in the spring

The Associated Women for Lipscomb formed in 1982, when then-university President Willard Collins hosted a luncheon for 20 women and challenged them to form an organization to advance excellence in education at Lipscomb.

And so they did—now AWL members across the country raise scholarship funds for those who will enliven our campus and diversify our community. 



National Bison Club

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The National Bison Club is the annual fundraising arm of Lipscomb University Athletics.

The financial support of the National Bison Club works to offset the costs of student-athlete scholarships as well as provide a positive impact on our student-athletes in the classroom, in competition and beyond their time at Lipscomb. Learn more.