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Cullowhee Society

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About the Society

The Cullowhee Society recognizes donors or organizations with cumulative cash giving of $100,000 or more. Comprised of four giving circles, the Cullowhee Society emphasizes the transformative power of philanthropy and its role in propelling WCU’s vision to be a national model for learning and engagement, as an important, regional university.

Each year, corresponding native plant species will be added to campus, as a symbol of this philanthropy impact.

Impact Benefits


Sustaining native plant species of Western North Carolina


Environmental stewardship of the WCU campus

Donor Benefits

  • VIP communication and VIP event invitations
  • Specialized thank you cards and welcome packet
  • Annual lifetime giving societies “planting day” event with impact stories, picnic lunch and ceremonial planting of native Bluets, Oconee Bells, Mountain Laurels and Dwarf Crested Irises, symbolic of the importance of impactful giving
  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Highlands Biological Station
  • Local, hand-made artisan lapel pin with corresponding native plant designs, crafted in precious metals
  • Donor recognition through an on-campus “Native Plants Donor Walk”

Giving Circles

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The Bluet Circle

$100,000 to $249,999

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The Oconee Bell Circle

$250,000 to $499,999

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The Mountain Laurel Circle

$500,000 to $999,999

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The Crested Iris Circle


Thank you to our photographers who provided the beautiful imagery of our native plants: Keith Kunstmann, Matthew Kemper, Chris Jacobs, and Ed Kelley.

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