Giving Societies

Dewey Founder’s Society

Alumni, parents, and friends whose cumulative annual gifts to Lab total $2,500 or more carry forward the commitment and vision that distinguished the schools’ founder John Dewey, and are invited to become members of the Dewey Founder’s Society. In recognition of their essential support, members of the Dewey Society join a community of the schools’ most generous benefactors and are invited to exclusive events.

Dewey Society members also automatically become part of the Chicago Society, the University’s recognition society that brings together annual leadership donors from all areas of the University at its own receptions, lectures, and other events.

DePencier Society

Named in honor of Ida DePencier, a fifth-grade teacher who taught at Lab for more than three decades beginning in 1925, the DePencier Society was established to recognize all alumni who have generously contributed $1,000 or more to the school.

Lab alumni will always be part of something special and unequaled. A DePencier-level gift significantly furthers Lab’s most fundamental priorities and helps ensure that all Lab students have the opportunity to develop a strong bond with a caring and gifted teacher.

There are many exceptional teachers at Lab whose dedication and ingenuity have likewise inspired generations of students. This society is truly in honor of all of them. Regardless of how you designate your gift, we encourage donors—in the spirit of the DePencier Society—to make your gifts in honor of a special Lab teacher who made a difference to you.

Donors who give via donor advised fund may be required to decline such benefits to adhere with gift fund policy guidelines.