Giving Societies

1904 Society Circle of Distinction

What will the world be like when today’s D&E students are leaders of tomorrow? Although that’s a difficult question to answer, one thing is for certain – a liberal arts Davis & Elkins College education can prepare them for anything the future holds.

Among careers projected by Business Insider as the fastest growing in the next 10 years are nursing, accounting, management and marketing. These, along with our pre-professional programs and the arts, will have Davis & Elkins College graduates leading the way.

Now, a new opportunity exists for you to make a difference. The Circle of Distinction, an organization within the 1904 Society, allows you to partner with D&E in transforming lives of our students.

Here’s how you can become a charter member of the 1904 Society Circle of Distinction – a privileged group that is taking the lead in providing the needed resources to maintain D&E’s proud traditions:

  • Members of class years 2008 earlier and all other friends of D&E who give $1,000 or more, or a planned gift, by June 30, 2019.

Because we want as many people as possible to share in the joy of giving back to the place they hold close to their hearts, we are also opening a special avenue for our most recent graduates.

  • Members of class years 2009 to 2018, $250 or more per year by June 30, 2019.

As a member of the 1904 Society Circle of Distinction, you have a stake in helping our students and Davis & Elkins College lead the way. You’ll be recognized as a leader with:

  • Invitations to special events
  • A distinctive lapel pin and custom designed necktie and/or ladies scarf to wear proudly
  • An elegant annual appreciation gala with fine dining and entertainment
  • A listing in the Honor Roll of Donors published annually in Forward magazine.

Plus, stay connected and apprised of news and developments at D&E with:

  • Inner Circle, a newsletter exclusively for Society members
  • The opportunity to meet trustees and College leadership
  • Invitations to special events and regional social gatherings.

To be recognized as a charter member of the 1904 Society Circle of Distinction, please make a minimum gift of $1,000 by June 30, 2019. GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) alumni who make a minimum gift of $250 will also be recognized as charter members. To learn more, contact Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Cathy Nosel via email or call 304-637-1339.


1904 Society

Since Davis & Elkins College’s founding in 1904, gifts from individuals and organizations have played a crucial role in the development of the College. Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen Benton Elkins transformed their vision into reality by donating land and money, and by securing support from the Presbyterian Church. Throughout the years, alumni and friends have made gifts that have enabled the College to carry out its mission of providing a quality, personalized education, rooted in the liberal arts, to each new generation of students, meeting the challenges of changing times, changing technologies and an increasingly diverse student body.

To recognize those whose outstanding, consistent support is sustaining and empowering the College, D&E has created the 1904 Society. The College invites you to become a member of the 1904 Society by giving $1,000 (or $250 for those who graduated between 2009-2018) or more within the fiscal year of July 1 - June 30. Gifts may be made in installments, such as monthly charges to your credit card, or other payment options based on your preferences. To keep your membership current, you will be asked to renew this commitment each year.

Click here for the list of 1904 Society Members.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many employers offer a matching gift program that may double or triple your gift amount. Please check with your human resources department to inquire if this benefit is available to you. It's a very simple process and we are happy to provide any assistance you might need.

Benefits of Membership


1904 Society members are recognized for their level of giving in the College’s Honor Roll of Donors published annually in Forward magazine. Members also receive a lapel pin, necktie and/or ladies scarf designed exclusively for the 1904 Society. You are encouraged to wear these items with pride and tell others how they can become members of the 1904 Society.

Special Events

Members of the 1904 Society receive invitations to special events throughout the year, and complimentary tickets to campus athletic events and performing arts events upoon request.

As a member of the 1904 Society, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are among Davis & Elkins College’s most generous and faithful supporters. Not only does your support provide significant benefit to students today, but you may inspire others to follow your example.

1904 Society Giving Circles

Tower Circle

The Tower Circle of the 1904 Society recognizes donors who make gifts of $25,000 or more to the College during the year.

President's Circle

The President’s Circle of the 1904 Society recognizes donors who make gifts of $10,000-$24,999 to the College during the year.

Senator Henry Gassaway Davis Circle

Named for one of Davis & Elkins College’s founding fathers, the Henry Gassaway Davis Circle recognizes donors who make gifts of $5,000 - $9,999 to the College during the year. Senator Davis worked tirelessly to inspire the Presbytery of Lexington to establish a college in Elkins. In 1902, Senator Davis committed endowment and funds to clear and improve the college grounds and continued to support the college with his gifts throughout his lifetime.

Senator Stephen Benton Elkins Circle

Named for the other founding father of Davis & Elkins College, the Stephen Benton Elkins Circle recognizes donors who make gifts of $2,000 - $4,999 to the College during the year. When Davis & Elkins College was contemplated, Senator Elkins provided capital and land south of Elkins overlooking the Tygart River for the College campus.

Hallie Davis Elkins Circle

Named for the daughter of Henry Gassaway Davis and the wife of Stephen Benton Elkins, the Hallie Davis Elkins Circle recognizes donors who make gifts of $1,000 - $1,999 to the College during the year. It was the gift of the Halliehurst Farm by Mrs. Elkins that enabled Davis & Elkins College to move from a one-building location on Sallie-Mike Hill south of town to its present location in the heart of Elkins in 1926.

1904 Society Charter Members

Those who joined the 1904 Society during its inaugural year, 2006-2007, have been recognized as charter members. Davis & Elkins College deeply appreciates their loyalty and commitment. Click here for the list of 1904 Society Charter Members.


Heritage Society

The Heritage Society recognizes all those who have provided for a future gift to Davis & Elkins College, whether by establishing a life income gift, by naming the College as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement fund, or by establishing a bequest. There is no more profound way to express loyalty and commitment to the College than by including the College in one’s charitable gift planning. The following individuals have informed the College that they have such a commitment.

Click here for the list of Heritage Society Members.