Leadership Recognition

Celebrating donor loyalty and leadership

All gifts matter, and giving societies are one way for us to say thank you to our most generous and loyal donors. Through giving societies, we honor those whose gifts help change lives and save lives.

When you become a part of one or more giving societies, we show our appreciation and recognize you for your contributions and commitment to the University of Nebraska.

The University of Nebraska doesn’t expand and grow without the generous support of private donors.

University of Nebraska Foundation Giving Society

University of Nebraska Foundation Giving Society members directly influence the University of Nebraska and its stature as an institution dedicated to teaching, research, and service, strengthening the national and international reputation of the institution. Many programs would go unfunded, or could not achieve the next level of excellence, without support from these loyal individuals and organizations. 

It is our goal to make sure members of the Giving Society know how much we value their dedication and tremendous investment in the University of Nebraska. To offer our thanks and recognition, Giving Society members may receive a number of courtesies, including specialized digital communications, foundation and university publications, invitations to campus events and activities, as well as public recognition and acknowledgment at member events. 

Nebraska Circle

The Nebraska Circle is the highest level of the University of Nebraska Foundation Giving Society, distinguishing friends and alumni from each of the university’s four campuses who have donated $1 million or more, through outright gifts, pledges or qualifying planned gifts. Due to their remarkable philanthropy, Nebraska Circle members are offered a number of exclusive courtesies, including special invitations from the University of Nebraska president. 

President’s Society

The President’s Society recognizes friends and alumni from each of the university’s four campuses who have reached the cumulative outright giving level of $100,000. President’s Society members are offered a number of courtesies for their generosity including, but not limited to, specialized digital communications, a variety of university and foundation publications, an open invitation to tour the campuses, and invitations to attend campus events and activities hosted by the university and the foundation. Specifically, the University of Nebraska president hosts football and hockey pre-game festivities each year for members on multiple campuses. President’s Society members may also receive public recognition and acknowledgment at special events.

Chancellor’s Society

The Chancellor’s Society recognizes friends and alumni who have reached the cumulative outright giving level of $50,000 or more to one campus of the University of Nebraska. Chancellor’s Society members are offered a number of courtesies specific to the campus supported, including messages from your chancellor, campus and foundation publications, an open invitation to tour campus, and invitations to attend campus events and activities hosted by the campus and the foundation. Acknowledgment of membership at special events may also be received. Individual campus societies include:

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor’s Society
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor’s Society
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor’s Society
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor’s Society

Burnett Society

Since 1967, the University of Nebraska Foundation has recognized donors who, through their consistent giving to the University of Nebraska, have raised the stature of the institution. These donors are members of the foundation’s Giving Society. The Burnett Society specifically recognizes members of this group who support the university through a planned gift. The group takes its name from Edgar A. Burnett, a chancellor at the University of Nebraska during the Great Depression, who recognized the university would not succeed on state funding alone. Burnett called on 30 business and civic leaders, and together, they created the University of Nebraska Foundation to raise private funds for the university. The foundation received its first bequest in 1937 from a former faculty member; the second came in 1938 from an alumnus and 40-year employee of the library.

Annual Leadership Society

The Annual Leadership Society acknowledges individuals whose cumulative giving equals $1,000 or more during a calendar year to any fund or campus at the University of Nebraska. Members of the Annual Leadership Society stand as an example to our students, our alumni and our community through their giving and receive exclusive communication from university leadership.

Amanda Feser

Donor Relations and Recognition

Amanda graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2008 with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Psychology. She joined the University of Nebraska Foundation team the same year. Amanda is passionate about nonprofit work and enjoys using her unique skill set to advance the mission of the University of Nebraska.

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When you make a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation you can trust that it will be used in the way in which it was intended. That’s a promise we’ve kept with our donors since our organization was founded in 1936.