The Nathan Smith Davis Recognition Program was founded in 1965 as the Nathan Smith Davis Club, "to encourage strong financial support from alumni and faculty for Northwestern University Medical School" (article 1, section 2). In 1973, bylaws were constituted and membership was granted to alumni and faculty whose contributions to medical school funds met established guidelines. Over the years, the Alumni Association has updated the guidelines in keeping with changing economic times.
Qualifications for Membership Effective September 1, 2010
To encourage strong financial support and service from alumni, faculty, staff, and non-alumni, individuals can qualify for the Nathan Smith Davis Recognition Program in any of the following:
NSD-NULC (Northwestern University Leadership Circle): in recognition of individuals who make a gift of $1,000 or more in the fiscal year of the University to the medical school.
Young Alumni Circle: in recognition of alumni in the first ten years since completing their degree/program who make a gift of $300 or more in the fiscal year of the University to the medical school.
Service Circle: in recognition of individuals who significantly engage in the life of the medical school through participation in alumni volunteer activities such as class giving efforts, alumni, advisory, and editorial boards, or other means identified in the future.
Lifetime Benefactors Society: in recognition of individuals whose lifetime cumulative giving to the medical school is $1 million or more.
Lifetime Giving Society: in recognition of alumni, faculty, or staff whose lifetime cumulative giving to the medical school is between $35,000 and $999,999.
Henry and Emma Rogers Society (HERS): in recognition of individuals who have notified Northwestern University of an estate or deferred gift commitment benefiting the medical school.