Donor Recognition Societies

Private support helps Oakton realize its full potential as the community’s college. Every donor who makes a gift to the college helps it achieve its mission of educational access and success. Your passion for helping Oakton fuels us, your generosity never fails to humble us, and the least we can do is say thank you. The Oakton Educational Foundation is proud to honor your commitment and generosity in the different ways outlined here.

Annual Giving

Based on total gifts given in a single fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

President’s Circle
Honored on the foundation website, annual report, and donor recognition wall*; will receive an invitation to an exclusive annual giving reception. Members of the President’s Circle also automatically become part of the Legacy Society.

  • Golden Oak ($100,000+)
  • Scarlet Oak ($50,000 - $99,999)
  • White Oak ($25,000 - $49,999)

Dean’s Circle
Honored on the foundation website, annual report, and donor recognition wall*; will receive an invitation to an exclusive annual giving reception.

  • Willow Oak ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • Chestnut Oak ($5,000 - $9,999)
  • Canyon Oak  ($1,000 - $4,999)

Friends of Oakton
Honored on the foundation website and annual report.

  • Prairie Oak ($500 - $999)
  • Oak Leaf ($100 - $499)
  • Acorn (up to $99)

Lifetime Giving

Based on cumulative giving of $25,000 or more.

Legacy Society
Honored on the foundation website, annual report, and donor recognition wall*; will receive a lapel pin and an invitation to an exclusive annual lifetime giving reception.

  • Founder ($1 million and up)
  • Visionary ($750,000 - $999,999)
  • Benefactor ($500,000 - $749,999)
  • Advocate ($250,000 - $499,999)
  • Fellow ($100,000 - $249,999)
  • Associate ($25,000 - $99,999)   

Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships
(Endowed at $10,000 or higher.)
Scholarships and their sponsors are listed in the annual report and in the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony program. Scholarships are honored on the donor recognition wall*. Sponsors are also recognized according to their annual and lifetime giving levels.

Vanguard Scholarships
(Funded annually and provide $10,000 or more in funding in a given year.)
Scholarships and their sponsors are listed in the annual report and in the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony program. Scholarships are honored on the donor recognition wall*. Sponsors are also recognized according to their annual and lifetime giving levels.

Annual Scholarships
(Funded annually and provide up to $9,999 in funding in a given year.)
Scholarships and their sponsors are honored in the annual report and in the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony program. Sponsors are also recognized according to their annual and lifetime giving levels.


Planned Giving

Planned giving includes estate plans that make provisions for the Oakton Educational Foundation.

Heritage Society
Honored on the foundation website, annual report, and donor recognition wall*.

Other Giving

Program Endowments
(Endowed at $35,000 or higher.)
Program endowment sponsors are recognized in the annual report and on the donor recognition wall*. Endowment sponsors are also recognized according to their annual and lifetime giving levels.

Naming Opportunities
All naming gifts are recognized with personalized naming signage by the named space, and the foundation holds a dedication ceremony to publicly honor the donors. Naming donors are also recognized according to their annual and lifetime giving levels.

Event Sponsors
Event sponsors receive recognition according to the levels of sponsorship for each particular event. Sponsorship recognition typically includes complimentary tickets to the event, announcements at the event, a logo presence on the website, and recognition in the event-related marketing materials. Event sponsors are also recognized in the foundation’s annual report and according to their annual and lifetime giving levels.

*The donor recognition wall will be located in the Performing Arts lobby on the Des Plaines campus and in the Pavilion on the Skokie campus.

For questions or more information about any of the above Giving Societies, please contact the Oakton Foundation at 847.635.1893.