Giving Societies

IIT has several prestigious giving societies for donors.

Frank Wakely Gunsaulus Society

The Gunsaulus Society, named in honor of the university's founding president, recognizes those who have arranged for an estate commitment to IIT. Click here to read how Frank Gunsaulus' words helped inspire the foundation of a university.

Mies van der Rohe Society

Members of the Mies Society support its mission to preserve the architectural integrity of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's buildings, to modernize the buildings' performances, to enhance architecture education programs for students, and to reinforce Chicago's international reputation for architectural distinction.

Philip Danforth Armour Society

Named in honor of the university's founding donor, the Armour Society recognizes philanthropic families who have given transformational gifts of $1 million or more in support of the university's mission. Click here to read how Philip Danforth Armour's generosity founded IIT.

Student Gift Campaign

IIT's Student Gift Campaign is a student-led effort to foster philanthropy among IIT students. Each year student leaders raise money for a project to enhance the IIT experience. Recent accomplishments include installing drinking fountains that promote sustainability in the university's academic buildings and helping complete the reserve text book collection in the Paul V. Galvin Library. The Student Gift Campaign is dedicated to teaching everyone how generosity impacts IIT.

The Sawyier Society

The Sawyier Society recognizes the generosity of faculty and staff donors who have given $25,000 or more to the university. Fay Sawyier, for whom the society is named, was a longtime faculty member and dedicated friend of IIT who contributed her knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for more than 20 years and gave $2 million, the largest faculty gift on record.


IIT Visionaries is a select group of generous alumni, parents, and friends who understand and value the university's essential mission: to provide distinctive and relevant education in an environment of scientific, technological, and professional knowledge creation and innovation. Members of IIT Visionaries promote this mission through personal annual gifts of $1,000 or more each year.

Click here to make a gift to IIT and become a member of one of the above giving societies.

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