The kindness and generosity of alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff who believe in this mission make it possible to offer quality education in a supportive environment with Christian values. Participation at any level shows your support and creates a distinct partnership between you and the Samford community.
Because the life and work of this special place is the result those who believe deeply in our mission and invest faithfully, the university is honored to recognize their commitments in the following ways:
Celebrating the spirit and enthusiasm of Mr. Ralph Waldo Beeson, the Beeson Society recognizes donors who establish a recurring gift of at least $60 per year to the school, college or fund of their choice. Today, more than 500 alumni, parents and friends have joined this society. Their ongoing generosity secures the Samford experience for current and future generations.
Annual Giving Societies
The President’s Society
$1,500 to $4,999
The President’s Society is a unified group of donors who uphold Samford’s longstanding mission and invest in its future. Their generosity puts an outstanding education within reach of students, grows the size and scope of academic programs and enhances learning opportunities in a Christian environment.
The President’s Society, Chairman Level
$5,000 to $9,999
The Chairman Level of the President’s Society bears the name of the board of trustees’ chairman and captures the spirit that characterizes his work. A partnership with Samford at this level is an important contribution that places donors in the company of all those whose leadership helps shape the university.
The President’s Society, Howard Level
$10,000 or More
Founded as Howard College, the university we know today was built from the generosity of those with great vision. Today, Samford excels as a nationally ranked university and one of the best in the United States. Donors at this level perpetuate the great vision of our founders and aim to see Samford progress for future generations.
Samford has been sustained through the years by the generous gifts of many faithful friends. The university as we know it today is far removed from the college that opened with nine students and had the president as the only teacher. Several times in our history, both in the early years in Marion, Alabama, and later in Birmingham, friends of Samford gave special assistance to keep the doors open. The Founders Circle honors the people who are committed to making the Samford experience possible with annual financial commitments for at least 35 years.
Lifetime Giving Societies
Harwell G. Davis
$100,000 or More
Major Harwell Goodwin Davis served as president of the college during one of the most critical periods in its history—through the aftermath of the Great Depression and the effects of World War II to the relocation from East Lake to Homewood. Thanks to his creativity, courage and vision, the school not only survived, but thrived. The Harwell Goodwin Davis Society honors those who make up the Davis’ challenge of continual progress at Samford.
A. P. Montague
$250,000 or More
A.P. Montague, president of the college from 1902 to 1912, emphasized the distinctiveness of a school unafraid to address the improvement of the whole person—mind, body and spirit. The A.P. Montague Society honors those who have given in support of Samford’s distinctive mission.
$500,000 or More
When the college faced the humiliation of public auction in 1884 to satisfy a legal judgment, longtime trustees J.B. Lovelace and W.W. Wilkerson saved the college by purchasing its property and returning it to the college’s board of trustees. The Lovelace-Wilkerson Society honors those who give freely to Samford so that the school remained free to educate men and women for leadership and service.
Samuel Sterling Sherman
$1 Million or More
Samuel Sterling Sherman, the first president of Howard College, dedicated himself fully to the institution that would become Samford University when it had no funds, no faculty, no students and only a single wooden building. The Samuel Sterling Sherman Society honors those who share Sherman’s intense dedication to the vision of what Samford can become.
Established in 1995 to memorialize founding trustee James H. DeVotie, the DeVotie Society recognizes our present responsibility to plant shade trees under which we know we will never sit, and celebrates the many who have planted—and are planting—for the future, with planned gifts through their estates.