The 1905 Society

Fountain and Carillon at dusk

Recognizing and honoring donors who have supported the Missouri State University Foundation through planned and estate gifts.

The 1905 Society members are dedicated to the future of Missouri State University and the excellent education it provides. They share in a unique unity and vision of private support that helps the university and its students reach new heights.

The Society’s goal is to foster active interest in and support for the university. It provides the framework for which significant, lasting gifts and bequests may be made to enhance the resources of Missouri State University. The 1905 Society works toward establishing a rapport and free exchange of ideas between members and university officials through events and other means of communication.

Your support, through private gifts, is critical as we remain dedicated to the educational pursuits of our students; the support of our faculty, staff and facilities; the preservation of our public affairs mission; and the integrity of our university.

Become a member

Membership in The 1905 Society is available to all alumni and friends of the institution. To activate your membership, please email the Missouri State Foundation or call 417-836-4143.

Planned gifts made through any of the following gift arrangements will reserve membership in the Society:


Defer your gift until after your lifetime through a will or trust, naming the Missouri State University Foundation as a beneficiary.

Living trust

Create a trust naming the Missouri State University Foundation as a beneficiary.

Life income gift

Establish a charitable remainder unitrust, annuity trust, lead trust or charitable gift annuity to enjoy tax savings and supplemental income.

Life insurance

Name the Missouri State University Foundation as the owner and beneficiary of a new insurance policy or give an existing paid-up policy.


Since its founding in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School, an institution solely dedicated to the preparation of teachers, Missouri State has held service to the citizens of Missouri as one of its highest values. Moreover, excellent teaching with a focus on student success contributed to the unique character of what is now Missouri State University. We are proud that our faculty and staff work with students, individually and collectively, to help them achieve their academic and life goals.

For a number of years, the university was able to depend on state funding to provide for most of the resources needed. Thirty years ago, nearly three-fourths of the university’s financial support came from the state, with student tuition and private support constituting the remainder. Today, those numbers are nearly reversed – the state provides about one-third of the university’s support. This has substantially increased the financial burden for students and their families as universities are forced to rely on private support.

In 1981, the Missouri State University Foundation was established to promote private financial support integral to the continued success of university programs.

Make the process of organizing your estate and plans even easier by requesting our Guide to Wills and Estates.