Giving Clubs and Societies

 Townsend Circle

The Townsend Circle giving club recognizes our most loyal supporters whose financial support is the foundation for achieving our mission. This club is named for Milton Townsend, who served the College in many capacities from his graduation until the time of his passing in 1992. Like Milt Townsend, who was instrumental in the advancement of the College, this club seeks to honor those who believe in Union College and have made great sacrifice towards our growth and achievement.


In addition to the satisfaction of demonstrating your value of Union College education, your annual gift of $1,000 or more between July 1 and June 30 also includes the following member benefits:

•You become a critical partner with Union College to achieve our mission, including opportunities to interact with President Hawkins

•Special invitations to events

•Name recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors


How do I join the Townsend Circle?  


Membership can be earned by one of the following:

• A yearly total of giving of $1,000 or more, during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). This can include matching gifts, multiple gifts per year, or monthly gifts ($83.34 per month for a gift of $1,000 per year). Gift can be designated to any area of the college.

• Lifetime support to the College at $100,000 and above


We invite you to be a leader and join the Townsend Circle today.

Leadership Annual Giving Clubs

Union College celebrates donors who give annually at the leadership level.  This special commitment to the college has tremendous impact on present day student life as well as long term success.

Milestone Club:
$50,000 and above
Pillar Club:
Century II Club:
President’s Club:
Patron’s Club:
Tower Club


Annual Giving Clubs

These clubs recognize those who help sustain Union College by making annual gifts.

Founder’s Club:
Century Club:
Loyalty Club:
Up to $99




Bulldog Club

Gifts supporting Union College Athletics

Vision Maker Societies

In 1879, Union College arose out of a need – a need for education. For the citizens of Barbourville, then a town of 450 citizens and three brick buildings, establishing an institution of higher learning for children was imperative. They believed education was the path to leadership and a brighter future. With that same visionary spirit, Union continues to be a springboard for great minds, for young leaders, and for all those with a commitment to education—thanks to many who continue to invest in the mission.

Daniel Stevenson Society: $1,000,000 or more

Credited with rescuing Union from almost certain closing, Daniel Stevenson of Versailles, Kentucky served as Union’s president from 1888 to 1897. He fulfilled his dream of establishing a Methodist college in the area he considered in the greatest need of service. He was the first president after the College became affiliated with The Methodist Episcopal Church.

Fanny Speed Society: $500,000 - $999,999

Mrs. Fanny Speed of Louisville was Union’s first great benefactress. Her interest in Dr. Stevenson’s purchase of Union’s property is evident through her gifts totaling over $60,000 during his administration. Following her death in 1902, Union received half of her estate, approximately $266,000. These funds helped to complete Speed Hall, and rebuild both Stevenson Hall and the Administration building (renamed Classroom building and later Centennial Hall).

Abigail E. Weeks Society: $100,000 - $499,999

Miss Abigail Weeks a beloved head of the English department and librarian served the College for thirty two years. In the June 2, 1937 issue of the Orange and Black, the school paper commented regarding her service to Union by writing, “She gave to Union College her sacrificial loyalty, and fulfilled the sentiment of her own lines, written as a fitting close to the college Alma Mater, “We will live for thee”.

Legacy Society

The Union College Legacy Society honors and recognizes the individuals who have chosen to benefit the College through charitable gift plans.  Anyone who names Union College as a beneficiary of their will, living trust, life insurance, retirement plan or other estate plan, is invited to become a member of the Legacy Society. Contact us at or 606.546.1277 to learn more. 

 Give Now

"It was not a difficult decision for my wife and me to honor Union in our will with a legacy gift.  We can set a dollar amount on what we choose to give, but what Union has given us is priceless."
    Hock-Soon Goh, '70