Pierre Laclede Society

At the Confluence of Education and Opportunity 
Pierre Laclede was an entrepreneurial pioneer known for his investments in both knowledge and opportunity. In 1963, nearly 200 years after the French fur trader founded St. Louis, UMSL opened its doors onto a new frontier in education. Today, the Pierre Laclede Society honors alumni donors and other generous friends who wish to share in Laclede’s enterprising spirit by investing in others’ pursuit of knowledge and opportunity. As our partners in the future of education, Society members are forging tomorrow’s leaders from today’s aspiring students – the more than 17,000 diverse, dedicated, and determined men and women who are choosing UMSL to change the world.

The Pierre Laclede Society recognizes contributors 
whose yearly giving to UMSL reaches $1,000 or more

Over 95,000 graduates have chosen the University of Missouri-St. Louis to lead them to a more successful future. They are entrepreneurs building successful businesses. Researchers at the top of their field. Public servants devoted to the well-being of our communities. Scholars, teachers, nurses, engineers, and industry leaders who continue to bring ever-greater distinction to this nationally-acclaimed institution. 
To continue its transformative role in education, UMSL relies upon the generous investment of alumni, parents, community partners, and other friends dedicated to ensuring a superior experience for our students.

FUN FACT: It was 1763 when Pierre Laclede landed at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers exactly 200 years before UMSL’s founding just a few miles downstream 

Join or renew your membership in the Pierre Laclede Society

The University of Missouri-St. Louis relies upon the philanthropic support of alumni and friends to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students. The Pierre Laclede Society donors are among our most generous partners, contributing $1,000 or more each year to fulfill the mission of the University.

Thank you for investing in the founders of our shared future – today’s outstanding UMSL students.


Cash Gift

Make a quick and easy tax-deductible gift via our secure online giving form, a check or electronic transfer Convenient Monthly Support Divide your Pierre Laclede Society membership gift into monthly credit card payments of $84 or more Charitable IRA Rollover Donors over 70.5 years old may now transfer funds directly from an IRA to a charity with substantial tax benefits Contributors can plan consecutive-year transfers to extend their Society membershipGift of Stock/Securities Contribute long-term appreciated stock or other securities and eliminate tax on capital gains Receive an immediate charitable deduction of full fair market value Matching GiftMany employers will double, or even triple, the value of your donation



The University of Missouri-St. Louis provides excellent learning experience and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body. Outstanding faculty and staff, innovative research, and creative partnerships foster synergies that advance the welfare of our stakeholders and benefit the global society. 
For more information, contact:

Katy Robertson
Associate Director of Development