The Bellingrath Society is established to recognize donors whose concern for the future strength of Rhodes has led them to make significant deferred gifts to the college. It is named in honor of Walter D. Bellingrath, one of Rhodes’ most substantial benefactors, whose $22 million estate gift helped to propel the college to new levels of strength, service, and recognition. The Bellingrath Society is open to those who have made deferred commitments of at least $1 million for Rhodes and whose gifts do not qualify them for membership in the Benefactors’ Circle. These deferred commitments may include will provisions, charitable trusts and charitable gift annuities.
Members of the Bellingrath Society will have their names permanently inscribed on the Bellingrath Society wall. In addition, they will be listed in the annual donor report, and will be invited to special events.
Proposed changes in the minimum level of commitment shall be brought to the Board of Trustees for its approval.