Leadership Giving Societies

When you give to Rhodes College, you become part of a community of donors who are united in their support of our vision, mission and impact. We are honored and grateful to celebrate those who support Rhodes College at every level. 


The Charles E. Diehl Society

As president of Rhodes College from 1917 to 1949, Charles E. Diehl set the standard of excellence. The Gothic buildings, the rigorous curriculum, the honors courses adapted from Oxford, and the insistence on excellence remain as monuments to Dr. Diehl's leadership.

In Dr. Diehl's honor, seven leaders of the Mid-South founded the Charles E. Diehl Society in 1973 with the intent of funding an exceptional academic experience. Members' gifts, totaling 48% of the unrestricted gifts to Rhodes each year, provide funds for quality teaching and research. They also provide financial assistance to students, funds for laboratory and individual study experiences and many of the extras that tuition dollars do not cover. Rhodes is one of the finest colleges of the liberal arts and sciences in the nation in large part because of the Charles E. Diehl Society. The Diehl Society members' involvement is critical for the institution's advancement. The 130+ members span the globe as ambassadors for the college, increasing the awareness of Rhodes and promoting membership in the Diehl Society worldwide. Members are asked to help identify or assist with potential funding sources and publicity opportunities.

There are six levels of membership in the Diehl Society:

  • $5,000 - $9,999 Patron
  • $10,000 - $14,999 Sustainer
  • $15,000 - $24,999 Benefactor
  • $25,000 - $49,999 Fellow
  • $50,000 - $99,999 Guarantor
  • $100,000 or more Philanthropist

If you have any questions or comments about the Diehl Society, please contact Jenna Goodloe Wade, Vice President for Development, at goodloe@rhodes.edu or call 1-800-264-LYNX.

The Red and Black Society

The Red and Black Society members are some of Rhodes' most devoted alumni, parents, and friends. The society recognizes its members for their generosity and provides them with opportunities to develop a closer relationship with Rhodes. The name of the society comes from the official colors of the college. It is fitting that these colors, symbols of Rhodes, should also signify this group's commitment to leading the college. The Red and Black Society members' generosity and involvement with Rhodes set an outstanding example for others to follow.

Membership levels are:

  • $2,500 - $3,499 Member
  • $3,500 - $4,999 Senior

There are special rates for Young Alumni to be included in the Red and Black Society at the Member Level. 

  • $100 - during graduation year
  • $375 - 1-4 years after graduation
  • $750 - 5-9 years after graduation
  • $1,500 - 10-14 years after graduation
  • $2,500 - 15 years after graduation

These are special rates for Young Alumni to be included in the Red and Black Society at the Senior Level. 

  • $500 - during graduation year
  • $500 - 1-4 years after graduation
  • $1,500 - 5-9 years after graduation
  • $2,500 - 10-14 years after graduation
  • $3,500 - 15 years after graduation

Involvement in this important leadership society helps set the standard and the direction of the college's future. If you have questions about The Red and Black Society, please contact Tyler Mclain, Associate Director of Annual Giving, at mclaint@rhodes.edu or 901-843-3877.

Other Giving Levels
There are five additional giving levels that provide donors the opportunity for club membership. Each of these emphasize the importance of participation and increasing annual gifts.

The levels are:

  • Dean’s Society - $1,500
  • Cloister Society - $1,000
  • Tower Club - $500
  • Loyalty Club - $250
  • Slate Club - $100