The President's Circle is the premier giving society of the Naval Academy Foundation and recognizes all donors who contribute $2,500 or more within a calendar year. Founded in 1995 by a group of committed individuals, President’s Circle donors lead by example, inspire through action and give back to their alma mater. Accomplished in their fields, the members of this premier giving society are the keepers of the spirit of philanthropy which is fundamental to the Naval Academy’s excellence in education, facilities and opportunities.
In today’s highly competitive world, funding through private gifts (in particular unrestricted gifts) is absolutely essential to the strategic advancement of a dynamic learning environment. It is crucial that federally provided funds be supplemented by private contributions to create and enhance programs that enrich the lives of the Brigade of Midshipmen. Through their generous gifts, President’s Circle donors provide essential resources for the Superintendent to meet emergent institutional needs and jump-start innovative new programs. Additionally, President’s Circle gifts support mission-critical activities of the Alumni Association and Foundation. Many member benefits and services are made possible by leadership gifts extended by generous President’s Circle donors.
The President’s Circle recognizes all donors who annually contribute a tax-deductible, charitable gift of $2,500 or more to the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation within a calendar year (1 January – 31 December). Young Alumni (alumni of the last 15 years) receive full PC courtesies with a minimum gift of $1,000. Gifts may be made via check, credit card or stock transfer. Matching gifts count as a part of an individual’s donation if allowed by the employer.
Nimitz Associate — $250,000 and above
Halsey Associate — $100,000–$249,999
Dewey Associate — $50,000–$99,999
Lejeune Associate — $25,000–$49,999
Luce Associate — $10,000–$24,999
Worden Associate — $5,000–$9,999
Associate — $2,500–$4,999
Young Alumni — $1,000–$2,499
More than a recognition society, President’s Circle donors provide a lasting legacy for the Naval Academy and Brigade of Midshipmen. As a President’s Circle donor, you will receive:
- An invitation to the annual President’s Circle Weekend
- Invitations to exclusive local and regional President’s Circle events
- Updates from Foundation representatives
- A semi-annual newsletter published to keep you informed of fundraising projects and priorities at the Naval Academy
- A specially designed President’s Circle pin
- Access to the President’s Circle Online Community, including a Donor Roster of all President's Circle donors