Giving Societies

One of many ways we recognize the invaluable support donors provide to Jacksonville University is by honoring them as members of one or more prestigious giving societies. These recognition groups celebrate the generosity of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who make gifts each year to support University operations and whose lifelong commitments help secure Jacksonville University’s future and mission. Every gift makes a wave of impact in advancing our institution and we would like to convey the warmest appreciation for our donors remarkable generosity as JU supporters.

Annual Giving Societies

OOD LogoOrder of the Dolphin

Jacksonville University created the Order of the Dolphin in 1976 to honor our individuals and organizations who contribute $1,000 or more during the calendar year. Through their generous contributions, this prestigious group helps the University continue to enhance the quality of private education for our students that upholds our missions and values empowering our graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. In appreciation for their loyal support, members of the Order of the Dolphin will receive an invitation to a yearly special event to commemorate their giving.​ Become a member of the Order of the Dolphin today through a one-time gift or monthly giving to reach your goals.

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Presidents SocietyPresident's Society

The President’s Society celebrates individuals, corporations, and foundations that invest $10,000 or more in a given calendar year. This premier recognition level for our major donors is celebrated biennially with a black-tie event hosted by the University’s President and First Lady. Members will also receive invitations to other special events throughout the year. 

Founder's Pledge LogoFounders Pledge

The Founders Pledge honors the next generation of entrepreneurial philanthropists. Integral to this giving society is a mutual commitment between select entrepreneurs at Jacksonville University. This commitment takes the form of pledged time and funding for Jacksonville University, as well as support, networks, and engagement for entrepreneurs. The society actively brings together a community of entrepreneurs and innovators who collectively pool their talent, networks, and capital to support one another, the University, and the innovation ecosystem that begins at Jacksonville University. For more information on “taking the pledge,” please contact Leslie Redd, Associate Vice President of Development at (904)-256-7882 or

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Lifetime Giving Societies

1934 Club1934 Club

The 1934 Club, named for the year of Jacksonville University’s founding, honors our most generous supporters who contribute $100,000 or more within a lifetime. These individuals, corporations, and foundations demonstrate unparalleled commitment to the University’s students and our mission. Members of the 1934 Club will be honored and celebrated biennial with an exclusive special event and will receive invitations to other special events throughout the year. 


Lovett logoThe LOVETT Heritage Society

The Lovett Heritage Society exists to steward those who have expressed their commitment to Jacksonville University through a very special and important form of financial support. These donors have defined their legacy by naming JU as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, a provision in a trust, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder unitrust, charitable remainder annuity trust, or gifts of life insurance or real estate. This society exists to thank members for their generosity by recognizing the plans they have made as well as to inspire generosity in others. Members receive annual invitations to events and benefits throughout the year. View our gift legacy website for more information.

FBK SocietyFrances Bartlett Kinne Society

The Frances Bartlett Kinne Society was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, former President and Chancellor Emerita of Jacksonville University. This society recognizes the individuals, corporations, estates, and foundations that have reached $1 million in cumulative lifetime generosity to Jacksonville University. Members of this society have made significant contributions to the University enabling it to thrive and laying a strong foundation for the future. Their philanthropy is a testament to their loyalty and support, and we are grateful for their contributions. Members of the Frances Bartlett Kinne Society will be invited to an exclusive induction biennial to celebrate their mission-driven achievements with Jacksonville University.


For more information about any of these societies, please connect with us.