Recognizing 'Investors'

When you make a gift to Lipscomb University, we think of you as an "investor" in the lives of students because your impact and influence go far beyond the moment of making a gift. When you invest by giving at a certain level or with a certain frequency, we are pleased to honor you in one of our prestigious recognition societies. 

Lipscomb Associates

Lipscomb Associates commit to annual contributions of $1,000 or more, providing the long-term, immediate-impact giving that creates the high-quality, high-touch Christian education experience that is Lipscomb. Associates allow us to expand our academic programs, the diversity of our student body, scholarships and the services and resources we offer, on campus and off. By funding presidential plans and new initiatives, Associates help us move toward the future with a wider reach, greater impact in the lives of students and community and an ascending reputation. Also, Associates automatically gain access to Lipscomb's prestigious IMAGINE event each year. Register to find out more and become an Associate here.

Emerging Associates

The Emerging Associates program is offered exclusively to those who recently earned their undergraduate degrees and want to support the university as donors who make things happen in a special way. As described above, donors in the traditional Lipscomb Associates program are the university’s core partners for increasing scholarships, launching special initiatives and enhancing the academic experience at Lipscomb. The Emerging Associates program allows alumni who are building their careers to engage with the university toward similar outcomes but with contributions of $100 for each year since graduation. For example, if you graduated last year, you would qualify with a $100 contribution. If you graduated five years ago, you would qualify with a $500 contribution. Emerging Associates also qualify automatically to attend Lipscomb's prestigious IMAGINE event each year. 

A.M. Burton Society

Named for one of Nashville’s most dedicated philanthropists and one of Lipscomb's most committed benefactors, this society celebrates those who continue Mr. Burton’s legacy with their vigorous, long-term planning to support Christian education. Entrance to the A.M. Burton Society is granted to those who make revocable or irrevocable planned gifts (such as bequests, trusts, or annuities) to the University or Lipscomb Academy, or who establish a named endowment of $25,000 or more. Planning for your family's financial future can be a puzzle -- let us help you solve it. For more information and to join the A.M. Burton Society, contact Paul Stovall, Director of the Center for Estate and Gift Planning, at or 800.333.4358, x. 5251.

Legacy Society

Membership in the Legacy Society is reserved for our most loyal and committed investors and is based on cumulative lifetime giving. Society members are recognized at seven levels:

College Fellow $100,000
University Fellow $250,000
Founders' Fellow $500,000
Chancellor's Fellow $1,000,000
President's Fellow $2,500,000
Trustees' Fellow $5,000,000
Legacy Fellow $10,000,000

Associated Women for Lipscomb

The Associated Women for Lipscomb formed in 1982, when then-university President Willard Collins hosted a luncheon for 20 women and challenged them to form an organization to advance excellence in education at Lipscomb. And so they did—now AWL members across the country raise scholarship funds for those who will enliven our campus and diversify our community. Find out how to become an AWL member here.

Faculty and Staff

If you want to know how focused Lipscomb employees are to the future of your student, here is one great measure: Not only do our faculty and staff make Lipscomb the great university it is, they also provide substantial financial support through the annual Family Campaign. A record 98 percent of teachers, administrators, and other staff donated more than $255,000 to the 2016–2017 Family Campaign. Employees, showing your commitment to the value of a Lipscomb education is as simple as filling out a payroll deduction form. If you have any questions about the Family Campaign, please contact Bethany Perala at, 800.333.4358, x. 5260 (toll-free), or 615.966.5260.

For questions about giving and recognition opportunities not included here, contact the Office of Stewardship and Donor Relations at 615.966.5736 or