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Nightingale Society

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You give to the things you believe in, the things that are close to your heart. You support the causes that have touched your life or the lives of those you love. You understand the importance of a quality education and how that prepares one for not only a career, but for life.

We know nursing education at Mizzou is worthy of your support, and we want to honor donors who make the choice to support us. Our Nightingale Society does just that. It allows us to honor and recognize our major donors for their gifts made to the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and the Nursing Alumni Organization. The following outlines how you may be recognized for your gifts to the School of Nursing.

Annual Members

Membership in the Nightingale Society is offered at either the annual or sustaining level. Annual members are those who give at least $1,000 in any one calendar year,* from January 1st to December 31st of the same year. Members may elect to be recognized as an individual or as a married couple. (All collective gifts to any area in the nursing school count toward the annual gift.)

You can elect to be a member for a single year or renew your annual commitment as a Renewing Annual Member. Reminders are sent to members to offer the opportunity to renew membership in the gift society.

While membership starts immediately upon receipt of the gift, donors are recognized the following spring at the annual Nightingale Society Induction . At the reception, first time Annual Members receive their Nightingale Society lapel pins and a certificate of membership. Renewing Annual Members receive recognition and a certificate each year they renew.

All annual gifts made in a person's lifetime count toward future sustaining membership should one elect to elevate within the society. Once Annual Members reach the level of giving that qualifies them to elevate to sustaining membership, they are no longer recognized as Annual Members, but rather as Sustaining (lifetime) Members.

*More than $500 in any one calendar year for members who are MU Benefits Eligible

Sustaining Members

Sustaining membership is for those who have given $25,000 or more in their lifetime* to the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, and/or the Nursing Alumni Organization. Members may elect to be recognized as individuals or married couples.

Lifetime membership as a Sustaining Member is recognized yearly at the Nightingale Society Induction with a Nightingale crystal keepsake and lapel pin set with a stone representing their membership level (see below). Any future gifts given can elevate your level of membership within the society, warranting the receipt of additional pins set with the stone for that level.

Sustaining Members are automatically recognized by the University of Missouri as Jefferson Club members. For more information, contact the Jefferson Club membership coordinator at 573-884-9110. As of 2008, the Jefferson Club is not recognizing annual memberships, however the Nightingale Society and other individual schools may continue to do so.

Gifts count as outright gifts and pledges, or as testamentary gifts. Pledges may be made for up to a 10-year period. Irrevocable trusts also qualify as an outright gift or pledge. Testamentary gifts signify the donor's intention to make a gift to the school by means of a bequest, a life insurance policy or another type of deferred gift, which will come to the MU Sinclair School of Nursing in the future.

Membership level* Lapel pin gemstone Outright gift or pledge Testamentary gift
Member Amethyst $25,000 $50,000
Fellow Citron $50,000 $100,000
Distinguished Fellow Sapphire $100,000 $200,000
Very Distinguished Fellow Ruby $200,000 $500,000
Diplomat Emerald $500,000 $1,000,000
Ambassador Diamond $1,000,000 $2,000,000

* All amounts are halved for MU Benefit Eligible donors

Benefits of Membership

Nightingale Society Members have the satisfaction of knowing that they, like the founding members, are taking the lead role in helping to fund the mission and direction of the School. This enables us to elevate the school's growing national reputation for excellence in education, creative vision, and research accomplishments.

  • Nightingale Membership is also recognized in our school's honor rolls and in Nursing and University Publications.
  • Annual Members receive a lapel pin and a certificate.
  • Sustaining Members receive a certificate, a crystal keepsake, and a lapel pin set with a stone designating their level of membership.