Giving Societies

Giving Societies

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WAU Giving societies recognize, honor, and thank alumni and friends who support the mission of the university and help see its vision fulfilled through generous financial support. Society members enjoy a number of benefits, including invitations to members-only events and special university communications.

Annual Giving Societies recognize gifts given to the university during the current fiscal year, which is from July 1 to June 30. Lifetime Societies recognize the cumulative giving of an individual or organization. At each level, these committed donors have helped to ensure that WAU can continue to engage minds and transform lives. Without their support, we could not achieve our vision of producing graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to communities around the world.

Annual Giving Societies

Pioneer Society

Donors who contribute at least $100 annually to any area of the university are members of the Pioneer Society. This society represents committed donors who realize that even a small gift can have a huge impact on our students. Their support provides our students with the resources necessary to achieve academic success.

Gateway Society

Donors who contribute at least $250 annually to any area of the university are members of the Gateway Society. This society represents committed donors who have generously given to help students realize their academic goals. Like the iconic symbol on our campus, their support provides students with a gateway to success.

H.M.S. Richards Society

Donors who contribute at least $500 annually to any area of the university are members of the H.M.S Richards Society. Named for the WAU alumnus and well-known evangelist, this society represents committed donors who have generously given to help students realize their individual dreams. Society members demonstrate a commitment to seeing WAU become a premier Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education.

James Lawhead Society

Donors who contribute at least $1,000 annually to any area of the university are members of the James Lawhead Society. Named for the university’s first president, this society represents committed donors who have generously given to help students realize their academic goals. Society members demonstrate a commitment to seeing WAU become a premier Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education.

Founder’s Society

Donors who contribute at least $5,000 annually to any area of the university are members of the Founder’s Society. Like our institution’s founders, these gifts are laying the foundation for WAU’s future success. These members are making a significant and lasting impact on our campus and helping Washington Adventist University become a premier Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education.

Visionary’s Society

Donors who contribute at least $10,000 annually to any area of the university are members of the Visionary’s Society. This society of visionaries wants to see Washington Adventist University become the premier Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education. Without these visionaries, we could not achieve the university’s vision of producing graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to communities around the world. Their impact reaches far beyond campus: all the lives touched by our graduates are made possible by this generous support.

Lifetime Giving Societies

WAU Fellow

Donors who contribute at least $50,000 over a course of a lifetime to any area of the university are considered WAU Fellows.

WAU Patron

Donors who contribute at least $100,000 over a course of a lifetime to any area of the university are considered WAU Patrons.

WAU Ambassador

Donors who contribute at least $250,000 over a course of a lifetime to any area of the university are considered WAU Ambassadors.

WAU Benefactor

Donors who contribute at least $500,000 over a course of a lifetime to any area of the university are considered WAU Benefactors.

WAU Humanitarian

Donors who contribute at least $1,000,000 over a course of a lifetime to any area of the university are considered WAU Humanitarians.

WAU Philanthropist

Donors who contribute at least $5,000,000 over a course of a lifetime to any area of the university are considered WAU Philanthropists.