Invest in Excellence

Thanks to the support of students, alumni and friends, we are recognized as a top-tier research university and one of the top 10 best Catholic universities in the nation. Generous gifts demonstrate commitment to the University, and the 1850 Society recognizes and celebrates donors who give annually at the leadership level.

Membership in the 1850 Society is more than a reflection of one's belief in the mission of the University of Dayton. It's an investment in a transformative education. Any individual or couple who makes annual gifts to the University of Dayton totaling $1,000 or more, including matching gifts, automatically qualifies as a member of the 1850 Society.

Leadership Levels

  • President:  $1,000–$1,849
  • Founding:  $1,850–$2,499
  • Serve:  $2,500–$4,999
  • Inspire:  $5,000–$9,999
  • Transform:  $10,000+

*Graduates of the past 10 years are eligible for membership with a minimum gift equal to $100 per year since graduation (i.e., six years after graduation, the minimum gift to gain membership would be $600).


Members of the 1850 Society have access to these exclusive benefits:

  • Invitations to attend the annual President’s Gala and other campus and regional leadership annual giving events
  • Invitations to exclusive Reunion Weekend events
  • Email assistance for inquiries regarding leadership annual giving membership or other campus matters
  • A dedicated telephone number and staff who can assist with membership, campus matters and specialized arrangements such as personal campus tours and purchasing tickets for campus events. Members of the 1850 Society can call 888-963-1850 to speak to one of our staff.

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Name & Title

Kathy Bachey

Assistant Director, Relationship Management


Email: Kathy Bachey

Phone: 937-229-2646

Advancement: Annual Giving

Valerie Mershimer-Mohr

Director, Donor Relations


Email: Valerie Mershimer-Mohr

Phone: 937-229-2955

Advancement: Advancement Relations


1850 Society

1700 South Patterson Building 5th Floor 
300 College Park  
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7054