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Woodburn Circle Society

The Woodburn Circle Society is the West Virginia University Foundation’s most prestigious recognition society comprised of four levels: Monticola, Woodburn, Martin and Chitwood. The Society recognizes living donors who have made cumulative gifts or pledges from July 1-June 30 of $250,000 or more to benefit the University and its affiliated organizations.
The gift commitment may be satisfied through any combination of the following:

  • Outright gifts from an individual of cash, securities, real property or gifts-in-kind, also gifts from an individual’s wholly owned company, family foundation, donor advised fund or other giving entity
  • Corporate matching gifts
  • Irrevocable income-producing gifts (unitrust, annuity trust, gift annuity or deferred gift annuity)
  • Life insurance policy gifts (where WVUF is the owner), and real estate remainder gifts (with a retained life estates for the donors)
  • Bequests, testamentary retirement asset gifts, “payable on death” accounts and beneficiary designations of life insurance.

Four recognition levels exist within the Society based on the member’s giving:

  • Gifts of $5 million or more - Monticola
  • Gifts of $1 million to $4,999,999 – Woodburn
  • Gifts of $500,000 to $999,999 – Martin
  • Gifts of $250,000 to $499,999 – Chitwood

For inquiries about the Woodburn Circle Society, contact the WVU Foundation Office of Communications and Donor Engagement, 866-693-7153 or  

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