Generous benefactors who invest in IUP students at a level bearing giving society distinction understand that philanthropy opens the doors of opportunity for students—doors that otherwise may never be opened. Members of our giving societies partner with
the university to build the foundation for student success. Their investments enable IUP to grow and to flourish.
IUP has three giving societies/clubs:
IUP Leadership SocietyCrimson and Gray Club
IUP Loyalty Society
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At IUP, important work is being done each day. The students who walk through the Oak Grove today will be the nurses, safety professionals, teachers, linguists, social workers, scientists, musicians, and business leaders who enable our society to progress
tomorrow. Your leadership-level gift will provide the university with resources to equip these students with the knowledge and experiences they need to confidently go forth to achieve their dreams and ultimately make our world a better place.
IUP Leadership Society members are those alumni, family, friends, and employees who have made gifts of $1,000 or more to benefit the Foundation for IUP. Graduates of 10 or fewer years and students are invited to join the IUP Leadership Society at specially
IUP Leadership Society membership is calculated based upon the sum total of cumulative and matching gifts received between July 1 and June 30 each year.
The following councils comprise the society.
The Bell Tower represents longevity and stability. When John
Sutton Hall opened in 1875, its bell tower was the highest point on the tallest
building within a 50-mile radius. Today, it is IUP’s most cherished landmark,
symbolizing for many generations a commitment to academic excellence and
lifelong learning; therefore, IUP’s highest giving society, the Bell Tower
Society, is so named. It reflects transformative philanthropic support from
IUP’s most prolific donors.
Jane Leonard arrived at Indiana Normal School in 1875 to
begin a remarkable career. As teacher and dean of women, Leonard was
devoted to the school's students, and under her tutelage, most went on to
emulate her and become beloved teachers. The Jane Leonard Council represents
Leonard’s own commitment to future generations by ensuring a profound
educational experience. After instilling in her students best practices in
science, mathematics, language, and the arts, she would bid them farewell at
graduation with this charge: “Go forth, be true, be brave, be successful.”
Silas Clark, John Sutton, Andrew Wilson, Alex Stewart, and
Harry White were among those who sought to establish a higher education
institution for the common good by raising $50,000 in subscriptions for the
local normal school association. Their actions compelled Pennsylvania’s
legislature to allocate funds to build the school’s first building and
facilitate the opening of Indiana State Normal School in 1875. This giving
level reflects their inspiration and aspirations for providing the best
possible opportunities for young people.
IUP’s central campus is situated on land once owned by John
Sutton, a founding member of the local normal school association and first
board president of Indiana Normal School. He was revered for his contributions
to the school and the community. Normal School trustees adopted a resolution
stating, “So long as the Indiana Normal School of Pennsylvania exists, John
Sutton will be remembered as one of its founders—as one of its first and best
friends.” Like John Sutton, those who provide philanthropic support at this
level are dedicated to the university’s mission and recognize its value to
Willis E. Pratt, IUP’s longest-sitting president, was known
as an innovative and progressive thinker who led the university’s transformation
from a college to a university. Pratt himself had an illustrious career in
education on the world stage. During World War II, he gave up his college
president’s post to serve in the U.S. Army in the Mediterranean region.
Afterward, he oversaw the restoration of schools and universities in Italy. Dr.
Pratt returned from his military duties to become president of Indiana State
Teachers College. Members of the Willis Pratt Council believe that innovative
education can transform society.
Appointed by the governor, Council of Trustees members uphold
the highest standards and ensure the university continues to uphold the
public’s trust. Philanthropic investment at this level ensures academic and
extracurricular programs are robust and that students have access to
scholarship support they need not only to cover tuition but also for
life-changing experiences such as study abroad and internships.
The university’s top ambassador, the university’s president
sets strategic goals and has the ultimate responsibility in ensuring IUP not
only remains vibrant but is prepared to continue thriving through the best and
the most uncertain of times. Support at the Presidents Council level creates a
foundation to sustain the university and always respond to society’s needs.
Full of ideals, graduates of the last decade are tomorrow’s
leaders as well as recent Leadership benefactors. Because of their first-person
understanding of the impact philanthropic generosity has on students, they,
too, regard investing in their university a priority. Gifts at this level
symbolize their trust in the university and their reciprocal commitment to a
lifelong relationship with IUP.
As tomorrow’s leaders, current students declare their
confidence in the IUP experience by making their first philanthropic
commitment—one that pays forward the impact alumni and friends have made on
their education. Future Leaders Council members represent the cycle of
philanthropic giving and serve as an inspiration for both those who came before
them and those who will follow.
IUP values every gift and the outcomes enabled by your support and commitment. The Crimson and Gray Club acknowledges IUP donors who invest in the university to provide philanthropic support for continued growth, new initiatives and academic programs,
and to build tomorrow’s successful leader in the community at specific levels.
Alumni, parents, friends, and faculty and staff members at the following levels:$500–$999$250–$499$100–$249
Students – featuring (non-alumni) students with giving less than $100
Those who invest in IUP students and programs for three consecutive years or more are recognized as members of the IUP Loyalty Society. The consistent generosity of Loyalty Society members lays the foundation for long-term growth as the university prepares
to implement its strategic plan. Members of the IUP community are grateful for your steadfast support.
IUP Loyalty Society association is sustained when gifts are made to IUP for three or more fiscal years (July 1 to June 30) without interruption.
Many corporations sponsor matching gift programs, meaning they are willing to match the charitable donations their current, and sometimes even retired, employees make. If your employer has a matching gift program, your gift’s impact could easily be doubled.
When you make your gift or pledge online, you will find access to IUP’s matching gift database, www.matchinggifts.com/iup, which can help you determine if your gift will be match eligible.