The University of Cincinnati Foundation

The University of Cincinnati Foundation

Charles McMicken Society

In 1858, Charles McMicken bequeathed to Cincinnati his land and personal effects – with an estimated value of $900,000 – to establish an “institution of higher learning.” His foresight in education directly led to the creation of the University of Cincinnati.

The Charles McMicken Society honors UC's most important donors and connects them to the university and one another. Members share Charles McMicken’s foresight, making it possible for UC to be recognized as one of the finest public research universities of the 21st century.

The Charles McMicken Society recognizes donors (individuals and couples) based upon their UC support within two programs: the McMicken Tower Society and the McMicken Club.

Make your gift of $1000 or more, and automatically renew your membership, or be entered into the society for the first time.

Thank you for making a difference!

McMicken Tower Society

Rieveschl Level $5,000,000 or more 

This premier level is named for Dr. George Rieveschl, Jr., an internationally-known scientist, UC alumnus, professor, inventor of the antihistamine Benadryl and philanthropist. His extraordinary leadership and vision led to a culture of unparalleled giving to the university. Members of the Rieveschl level have made cumulative gifts and commitments of $5,000,000 or more.The generosity of this elite group of benefactors has transformed the University of Cincinnati into an internationally-recognized educational powerhouse of academic, athletic, medical and research excellence. We are proud to honor the unprecedented support of these philanthropic leaders with the distinction of the highest giving level recognized by the university.

Visionary Level $1,000,000 – $4,999,999  

The Visionary level of the McMicken Tower Society is aptly named to honor our benefactors who envision extraordinary excellence for the amazing learning community that is the University of Cincinnati. These forward-thinking philanthropists, with their cumulative gifts and commitments of $1,000,000 to $4,999,999, embrace the spirit and dreams of Charles McMicken through their extraordinary generosity, setting a remarkable example of selflessness for others to follow.

Champion Level $500,000 – $999,999 

Champion members are dedicated alumni and friends whose cumulative gifts and commitments range from $500,000 to $999,999. These bold, generous donors embody the spirit of helping others through their philanthropy, and their collective impact on UC is immeasurable. Champions instill the winning spirit throughout the university, motivating our students, faculty, staff, medical professionals and researchers to pursue excellence on every level.

Benefactor Level $250,000 – $499,999 

Our loyal members of the Benefactor level of the McMicken Tower Society provide opportunities for innovation in our learning community with their gifts and commitments of $250,000 to $499,999. These members of UC’s family elevate the university to new levels of prominence through their generosity and commitment to vital mission support, creating exciting learning and research opportunities which benefit all aspects of the university and its mission.

Founder Level $100,000 – $249,999 

The Founder level provides a solid base for the McMicken Tower Society and for the university’s mission and programs. This level honors our enthusiastic alumni and friends who have made cumulative gifts of $100,000 to $249,999, impacting countless lives through their generous support of our institution. Our Founder members demonstrate a strong connection with UC’s mission and are dedicated to excellence.


McMicken Club

Annual gifts to UC are essential to the continued growth of academic programs, scholarship funds and research opportunities. The McMicken Club honors our alumni and friends who generously support UC’s mission through gifts that have an immediate impact and leave a lasting impression. The club recognizes donors who have given $1,000 or more annually. These gifts continue a rich tradition of philanthropy in supporting the university’s mission of excellence.The recognition levels within the McMicken Club are based on annual gifts and commitments.


$50,000 - $99,999


$25,000 - $49,999


$10,000 - $24,999


$  5,000 - $  9,999


$  2,500 - $  4,999


$  1,000 - $  2,499

Matching gift dollars may be used to achieve Charles McMicken Society status.

Recognition and Privileges

UC is honored to recognize and thank donors for their generous support with one or more of the following Charles McMicken Society membership incentives.

  • Membership Card
  • Limited Complimentary Access to UC Garages
  • Occasional Special Offers and Discounts
  • Inclusion in UC Honor Rolls
  • Exclusive Invitations to Special Events
  • Special Recognition at Society Events
  • On-Campus Selective Library Privileges
  • Select Complimentary Classes at UC’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Membership incentives vary based on giving level. For more information, contact the Office of Donor Engagement at (513) 556-9658 or