Recognition societies

DePencier Society, $1,000–$2,499

Named in honor of Emeritus teacher Ida DePencier, the DePencier Society recognizes donors who make aggregate gifts of $1,000–$2,499 during the fiscal year (July 1–June 30). Membership brings with it invitations to special events and special recognition in the Schools’ annual honor roll. Additionally, donors can make their gift in recognition of a Lab teacher, and that educator will remain a DePencier-honored teacher in perpetuity.

Dewey Founder’s Society, $2,500 or more

The Dewey Founder’s Society recognizes donors who make aggregate gifts of $2,500 or more during the fiscal year. Membership brings with it invitations to special events and special recognition in the Schools’ annual honor roll. Additionally, Dewey members are enrolled in the Chicago Society, with all its benefits.

Chicago Society

Those who contribute $2,500 or more to Lab are automatically considered members of the Chicago Society, the University of Chicago’s recognition society for annual leadership donors. Chicago Society members include alumni, parents, and friends from across the University and they are invited to a variety of University-sponsored events and lectures.

Phoenix Society

The University’s Phoenix Society honors individuals who make provisions in their estate plans or who establish life-income gifts to benefit the Schools. Planned gifts strengthen and sustain the future of education at Lab and are a powerful connection between past and future.