Recognition Societies

Tower Society

Recognizing those who have provided for Lehigh through a confirmed bequest intention, life income gift, and/or a gift to the endowment at a minimum level of $10,000.

Tower Society

Located at the highest point on Lehigh's campus, the Dorothy L. Stabler Tower is surrounded on all sides by tall windows that overlook the Lehigh Valley, offering a panoramic view of our scenic campus and beyond.

Likewise, Lehigh’s planned giving and endowment donors look out over the landscape of Lehigh’s future, providing a source of stability and strength, now and in the future. By including Lehigh in their estate plans through a confirmed bequest or making a planned or deferred gift, they play a crucial role in ensuring we are able to advance our mission of teaching, research, and service to others.

Frequently Asked Questions

To participate in the Tower Society, you may choose from multiple giving vehicles based on your personal plans to care for your family and also meet any commitment you might wish to make to Lehigh University from any of the following:

  • Outright bequest payable on you/your death(s) directly to Lehigh University.
  • Provision in will for surviving partner/spouse payable to Lehigh upon death.
  • Through the creation of a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust.
  • Beneficiary of an IRA account.
  • Gift to the endowment at a minimum level of $10,000.

There are any number of ways to make planned gifts based on the amount you give, your age at the point of giving, and your assets. Need more information? Visit our Planned Giving website for suggestions.

As in all things related to the very personal act of planning an estate gift, we encourage you to contact the gift officer with whom you are working or one of our gift planning experts. For more detailed information about Tower Society, please visit the Planned Giving webpage.

Planned gifts ensure that Lehigh can count on private support in the years to come, enabling donors to leave their own legacy while securing a bright future for Lehigh. Every single gift to Lehigh makes a difference, great or small. 

Lehigh University's Tower Society recognizes alumni and friends who have made a gift in support of Lehigh’s mission with a confirmed bequest, by participating in the life income program, or by gifting to/creating an endowed fund.

Lehigh automatically grants recognition to spouses. If you have questions, please call (610) 758-4749 or email

We are committed to honoring your recognition preference. You may designate your giving as public or anonymous, or you may indicate that some gifts are anonymous and others are public.

Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Absolutely. Our staff are happy to answer your questions. Simply call (610) 758-4749 or email We look forward to speaking with you.

Check out our loyalty, leadership, lifetime, and legacy recognition programs to discover a variety of options to further your philanthropic journey with Lehigh University.

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