The George Eastman Circle


Why is my annual fund gift important?
The University of Rochester has always understood that its work was interconnected with the world and that its contributions could have an impact for generations to come. Your annual support of any part of the University of Rochester advances the whole and, ultimately, the University’s ability to transform lives and make a profound impact on society.

Unrestricted Annual Fund gifts are especially valuable because they allow the University of Rochester to address immediate priorities and enhance programs not covered by the endowment or other sources of income. The funds have a profound impact on student scholarships, attracting and retaining outstanding faculty, medical research, cutting-edge health care, maintaining our finest facilities, and art and culture.

Why become a George Eastman Circle member?
George Eastman Circle Members stand at the forefront of a movement that will help this University provide even greater service to the world. Like those University leaders who came before them, Members are an extremely influential group of supporters. They will earn a significant place in University history for their dedication and belief in Rochester’s future.

The University of Rochester invites you to become a member of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s new leadership annual giving society. The George Eastman Circle recognizes combined unrestricted, current-use gifts to any of the University’s schools and units (listed below). The George Eastman Circle has two types of membership: Sustaining Member status is granted to individuals who make a five-year pledge and make annual payments each year. Annual Member status is granted to individuals who make a one-year gift within a fiscal year.

Levels of giving
An unrestricted Annual Fund gift of $1,500 or more qualifies donors for recognition at one of the following levels:

Members: $1,500 -$4,999
Fellows: $5,000 - $9,999
Benefactors: $10,000 - $24,999
Patrons: $25,000 - $49,999
Founders: $50,000 +

How do I give to multiple areas?
Support one or more of the areas listed below. On the gift processing form, please indicate the total amount of your gift in the appropriate field and use the Additional Comments field at the bottom of the form if you want your gift to be divided among more than one area. Indicate the annual dollar amount to be designated for each area. If the amount is unspecified, your gift will be distributed equally among the designations you listed in the comments box.

Academics & Research 

College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Rochester Parents Fund
Young Alumni
Eastman Dental Center
Eastman School of Music
Friends of Rochester Athletics
River Campus Libraries
Strategic Opportunities Fund (formerly President’s Venture Fund)
School of Medicine and Dentistry
School of Nursing
Simon Graduate School of Business
Warner School of Education

Community Programs 

Eastman Community Music School
Golisano Children's Hospital
Highland Hospital
James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
Memorial Art Gallery
Mt. Hope Family Center
Strong Memorial Hospital
Visiting Nurse Service
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