The Lifetime Giving Society


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Created in 2007, Muhlenberg’s Lifetime Giving Society boasts more than 350 members, including alumni, parents, friends, foundations, corporations, organizations and churches, and was created “in recognition of these friends and benefactors who are committed to the same philosophies and ideals as the founders and who, through their foresight and generosity, seek to ensure that the highest quality of education will be available for future generations,” as is listed on the head piece of each plaque display in the Haas College Center Rotunda.

Member Benefits

Members of Muhlenberg's Lifetime Giving Society are invited to the annual Lifetime Giving Society Dinner where new members and members who have moved up in levels are publicly recognized. In addition, your name will be added to the Lifetime Giving Society plaques on display in the Haas College Center Rotunda and you will be listed in various publications.  View the 2015 Lifetime Giving Society thank-you video.

About the Society

The Society is comprised of four giving circles, each named for an important member of the Muhlenberg family:

The Anna Maria Weiser Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $100,000 to $249,999. Named after the wife of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the founding circle recognizes the important role Anna Maria played in his life and the lives of their children as well as her contributions to the Muhlenberg family.

The Henry Ernst Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $250,000 to $499,999. Henry Ernst Muhlenberg was the youngest of the three Muhlenberg sons, and in addition to being a Lutheran minister like his brothers, he was also a self-taught botanist who was personally responsible for the names of 150 species of plants as well as the bog turtle. Henry was the first president of Franklin College (now Franklin & Marshall).

The Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $500,000 to $999,999. Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg was elected to the Continental Congress in 1779 and subsequently served as the speaker of the first and third U.S. House of Representatives.

The John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg Circle honors cumulative lifetime giving of $1,000,000 and above. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg was commissioned a brigadier general in the Continental Army and wintered at Valley Forge with George Washington. The statue of him on Muhlenberg’s campus, affectionately known as General Pete, makes him easily the most recognizable of the three Muhlenberg sons.

Lifetime Giving Society members, as well as students, parents, faculty, staff, community members and visitors are encouraged to visit the Haas College Center to view the plaques in person.