Donor Clubs

Hindman Settlement School donor clubs provide a way to recognize donors who have made significant contributions in support of our mission. In addition to other forms of recognition, donor club members are recognized annually in our Donor Report.

Our Annual Fund Partners

Gifts to Hindman Settlement School’s Annual Fund are critical to maintaining ongoing programs. Annual Fund Partners are corporate, foundation, and nonprofit donors who provide gifts of $5,000 or more (cumulative) within the fiscal year (Sept 1-Aug 31). Donors are recognized annually and are invited to our annual Keeneland Event.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Honor Roll

Hindman Settlement School co-founders, May Stone and Katherine Pettit, were among the first generation of women to become active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). According to a ledger kept by Ms. Stone, Hindman Settlement School was receiving gifts from DAR chapters as early as 1904. In 1921 the National Society DAR officially approved the school to receive ongoing support. Daughters have been partners in supporting Hindman Settlement School ever since. The DAR Honor Roll recognizes DAR State Societies and Chapters that contribute $1,000 or more during the fiscal year (Sept 1-Aug 31). Individual DAR member gifts are recognized through the Hindman Settlement School’s individual donor clubs.

Uncle Sol’s Legacy Club

We love telling the story of Uncle Solomon Everidge walking barefoot from Hindman to Hazard in 1899 to ask the school’s founders to establish a school in Hindman for his “grands and greats.” Membership in Uncle Sol’s Legacy Club is granted to living individuals who have included Hindman Settlement School in their will or who have established life-income agreements with Hindman Settlement School. Application to the club requires a signed statement indicating general provisions for planned giving, however, gifts do not have to be irrevocable. Legacy Club members are asked to inform Hindman Settlement School of their eligibility. Donors who met the criteria by 2008 are considered Founding Members.

May Stone Society

May Stone was a co-founder of Hindman Settlement School and served as the school’s director from 1902 until her death in 1946. The final check May Stone wrote before her death eliminated the indebtedness of Hindman Settlement School, which was only fitting for a woman who was responsible for much of the growth and financial stability of the school. The May Stone Society recognizes individuals who have contributed $100,000 or more in cumulative gifts during their lifetime or through planned giving. Membership may include a donor’s spouse. Gifts from family foundations created by the wealth of one individual/spouse may be counted toward individual membership. Donors who met the criteria by 2008 are considered Founding Members.

Elizabeth Watts Society

Elizabeth Watts arrived at Hindman Settlement School in 1909 with the intent of teaching for a year or two. She ended up serving the school for 84 years, as a teacher, principal, assistant to May Stone, director of Hindman Settlement School and board member. Miss Watts is buried on the Hindman Settlement School campus. The Elizabeth Watts Society recognizes individuals who have contributed $50,000 or more in cumulative gifts since 1992. Where records are sufficient to document contributions, gifts made prior to 1992 will be considered. Membership may include a donor’s spouse. Donors who met the criteria by 2008 are considered Founding Members.

James Still Society

Noted Appalachian author and poet, James Still, came to Hindman Settlement School in 1933 to become the librarian. He served a variety of roles at Hindman Settlement School and was a regular participant in the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop. He remained involved with the school until his death in 2003. Mr. Still lived the last 25 years of his life on the Hindman Settlement School campus and is buried there. The James Still Society recognizes individuals who have contributed $10,000 or more in cumulative gifts since 1992. Membership may include a donor’s spouse. Donors who met the criteria by 2008 are considered Founding Members.

Fidelity Club

The Fidelity Club recognizes individual donors who choose to give on a recurring monthly basis. Hindman Settlement School makes this process easy by automating credit card charges, based on the donor’s wishes. Each Fidelity Club member commits to our mission by pledging to give a set amount each month, thereby creating a steady, reliable source of funds for our work in education, cultural heritage, and community service. And because their regular support is so closely linked to our success, our Fidelity Club members receive our Annual Report and we do not send them routine giving requests. All Fidelity Club members receive a statement of their prior calendar-year gifts in January.