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John W. Connaway Society

John W. ConnawayThe John W. Connaway Society was established in an effort to continue the vision of Dr. Connaway. The society is a symbol of the abiding interest of its members on the welfare of the college. Founding members of the society are the backbone of the University of Missouri- Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The John W. Connaway Society has been formed to encourage private participation in the support and development of the college, and its membership is dedicated to securing the future of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Through their active involvement, founding members maintain the college’s leadership role and sustain Dr. Connaway’s vision of excellence.

Founding membership in the John W. Connaway Society is based on prior and current giving to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. There are two types of founding memberships, sustaining and annual. Membership by husband and wife shall be considered joint membership.

Donors are invited to direct the gift to whatever fund or purpose the donor desires, provided the use is for a legitimate college purpose. Donors may also designate their gifts as unrestricted to support the needs of the college that cannot be met with state funds such as scholarships, fellowships, research, faculty enhancement funds and other projects and programs.

Membership Benefits:
John W. Connaway Society members share the satisfaction of knowing their philanthropy is critical to the guidance of College of Veterinary Medicine for today’s scholars and tomorrow’s veterinarians. Members are entitled to the following:

  • Invitations to special events at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • A unique limited edition color print of College of Veterinary Medicine Campus buildings drawn by John Stoeckley.
  • Membership in the Jefferson Club.
  • Recognition at an annual recognition event.
  • Recognition in College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Missouri publications. (Anonymity may be requested.)

Sustaining Membership:

Outright gift or pledge: Contribute or pledge one of the amounts listed below over no more than a ten-year period. Irrevocable trusts are included as an outright gift.

Member - $25,000
Fellow - $50,000
Distinguished Fellow - $100,000
Very Distinguished Fellow - $250,000
Diplomat - $500,000
Ambassador - $1,000,000

Testamentary Gift: Signify the intention to provide one of the amounts listed below by means of a bequest, life insurance, or other type of deferred gift.

Member - $50,000
Fellow - $100,000
Distinguished Fellow - $200,000
Very Distinguished Fellow - $500,000
Diplomat - $1,000,000
Ambassador - $2,000,000

Annual Membership:

Annual Members contribute cash on an annual basis of at least $1,000. All memberships are renewable on January 1. All previous annual contributions to the College of Veterinary Medicine count toward Sustaining Membership fulfillment.

*Qualifying charitable trust contributions are treated in the same manner as outright gifts and pledges.

For more information about the Connaway Society, please contact the Director of Development by email or at 573-882-0548 or toll free at 888-850-2357.



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