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Giving Societies

Thomas Edison State University has been providing distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for self-directed adults for 50 years. But the University would not be where it is today without the support of many loyal donors whose generosity has impacted the lives of students. Giving back and paying it forward is a hallmark of TESU alumni and friends of the University. In our 50th Anniversary year, we have launched Giving Societies to express our deep appreciation for all of those who help us further the mission of Thomas Edison. Together, we’re changing lives.

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1972 Society

The 1972 Society recognizes the thoughtfulness of our supporters who have established and communicated their commitment of a legacy gift through their wills or estate plans to further Thomas Edison’s mission. Donors who have established permanent named endowments are also recognized as members.

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Edison Loyalty Society

The Edison Loyalty Society recognizes our most dedicated and loyal supporters who have made a gift to the University for three or more consecutive years. Membership is based on participation as every gift to the University creates opportunities for students.

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President’s Society

The President’s Society recognizes the University’s most generous donors within the fiscal year (July 1–June 30). Annual donors contributing $500 or more are welcomed into the President’s society and their leadership support is vital to the University’s growth.

  • Leadership Circle: $25,000 or more
  • Innovator Circle: $10,000 - $24,999
  • Illuminator Circle: $5,000 - $9,999
  • Friends Circle: $500 - $4,999