Carnegie Mellon University

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the new minimum giving threshold for the Andrew Carnegie Society, W.L. Mellon Society for The Tepper School of Business and Dean’s Circle for The Heinz College?
The new minimum is $2,500 each year to Tepper or Heinz for those societies, or to any allocation for ACS.

If I give $1,000 but less than $2,500 by June 30, 2017, how long will I be included as a member of ACS, the W.L. Mellon Society for The Tepper School of Business or the Dean’s Circle for The Heinz College (if giving to those colleges)?
You will continue to receive recognition, event invitations and communications through June 30, 2018.

When does this change take effect?
July 1, 2017

When do I have to give $2,500 to maintain participation in ACS and related groups at Tepper and Heinz?
Donors who give $2,500 between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, will continue to be recognized in those societies starting July 1, 2018. Annual gifts of $2,500 will ensure recognition in those societies for subsequent years.

If I make monthly recurring gift payments and want to update to the new level, when and how do I update that?
You will need to change the amount of your monthly gift to a minimum of $208.34 by July 31, 2017, in order to reach the total of $2,500 by June 30, 2018. To change your monthly gift, contact us at your convenience. 

What are benefits of membership in these leadership annual giving societies?
ACS members receive invitations to special events on campus and around the country that include university leadership, faculty and students. You also receive exclusive communications throughout the year. Dedicated staff members are available any time by phone or email to connect you to CMU. Members of the W.L. Mellon Society and Heinz Dean’s Circle are recognized through published lists that highlight your continued participation as an annual leadership donor.

What happens if I do not increase my giving by June 30, 2018?
We will continue to greatly appreciate your giving at the amount you find most appropriate to make an impact on our students, faculty and staff. If you continue to make annual contributions at any level every fiscal year, you will be included in our Order of the May consecutive giving group. Donors recognized as members of Order of the May are honored at an annual event on campus.