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Founders Society

Founders Society

The Founders Society recognizes individuals, private and family foundations, public corporations and corporate foundations for cumulative lifetime gifts of $100,000 and greater. Members to this prestigious group are our most generous and committed donors. Their gifts induct them as a lifetime member of the Founders Society.


  • Cumulative lifetime giving of $100,000 and greater
  • Gifts can be made in support of any DMU college, program , fund or university event
  • If a gift enables someone to meet minimum giving threshold of $100,000 it must be completed within five years of initial pledge
  • Corporate matching gifts are counted for an individual’s membership in the Founders Society

Eligible Gift Types

  • Cash
  • Pledges
  • In-kind (with documentation)
  • Stock
  • Soft credit for current spouse (with documentation)
  • Documented planned gift

Donor Recognition and Opportunities for Engagement

  • Lifetime membership to the Founder’s Society
  • Name plate on Founders Society Donor Recognition Wall
  • Publicity and acknowledgement (at donor’s discretion) of gifts and the progress or related accomplishments of the gift’s impact
  • Opportunities to interact with other philanthropists of similar capacities
  • Stewardship reports demonstrating how each donor’s philanthropic contributions are benefiting the University
  • Regular communication with Des Moines University senior leadership
  • Recognition event
  • Special invitations to member-only events
  • Donor name(s) listed in the annual Des Moines University Honor Roll of Donors
  • Special invitations to donor and campus events
  • DMU Magazine

Current Founders Society Members

Lori & Larry BakerBradley Bakotic, D.P.M., D.O.
Bako Pathology Services
Bankers TrustNicholas W. Bartz, D.O. ’81
Barry Braver, D.O. ’79 & Celia L. Sroka, D.O. ’79Naresh Chandan, D.O. ’92 & Ritu Chandan, D.O. ’95
Dr. William & Carla Cruzen ’76Bernard M. Feldman, D.O. ’80 & Ava R. Feldman, D.O. ’83
Foundation for Educational ExcellenceDr. & Mrs. Stanley C. Gallagher, ‘76
Dr. & Mrs. Murray Goldstein ’50James A. Grekin, D.O. & Jacqueline H. Grekin, Ph.D.
Catherine A. & Watson A. Gutowski, D.O.Iowa Medical Society
Aram Janigian, D.O. ’63 & Susie JanigianDr. & Mrs. Donald Janower
Anthony C. Korvas, D.O. ’69 & Cathy A. KorvasDr. Richard Kotz
Ralph W. Levy, D.O.Roger D. Monsour, D.O. & Barbara Harken Monsour
John & Mary Pappajohn Scholarship FoundationDavid A. Plundo, D.O. ’85, M.P.H. ’11 & Terri L. Plundo, D.O. ’92
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & CasinoKendall & Marjean Reed
William R. & Lelia SchulzSEI Investments
UnityPoint HealthU.S. Bank
Waldinger CorporationSue and Art Wittmack
Patricia M. Yungclas


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