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Giving Societies

Western Carolina University is making a difference in the lives of students and therefore, their impact on our world. The generosity of our donors and friends highlights the philanthropic spirit that drives our growth and propels our vision. To exemplify this reciprocity, WCU has four Giving Societies—two for lifetime giving and two for annual giving. WCU believes in the transformative power of building relationships, and we welcome you to join us. 

Madison Legacy Society


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Recognizing documented planned gifts bequeathed to WCU or the WCU Foundation. These planned gifts support WCU and its students in perpetuity.

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Cullowhee Society


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Donors or organizations with cumulative cash giving greater than or equal to $100,000. Emphasizing the transformative power of philanthropy and its role in propelling WCU’s vision to be a national model for learning and engagement.

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1889 Club


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Recognizing donors for annual gifts made to the Fund for WCU, which supports scholarships, student programming, professional development, and our ongoing stewardship efforts. Named in honor of the year of WCU’s establishment, this society embraces gifts ranging from $18.89 to $1889 a year.

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Shetland Society


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Recognizing WCU Faculty and Staff donors at all levels. Named in honor of the two Shetland ponies and draft cart purchased by then Chancellor AC Reynolds in 1912 to haul supplies back and forth from Sylva to campus, this society celebrates the employees who work hard for WCU and the University’s role in the greater community.

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