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    Why Give?

    Annual giving at Shaw University is the backbone of our advancement efforts. Each gift of any size provides vital support and is an investment in the people and future of Shaw University. 

    Supporting students and faculty takes epic resources. The funds provided by annual gifts are spent every year. But the important work of preparing scholars, improving lives, and creating global leaders continues every year.

    While the  amount you are able to give may vary, and the areas you choose to support may change, know that your annual gift provides us with the sustainable base of support that allows us to make a difference today, tomorrow, and for perpetuity. It is our goal to prepare every student who comes to Shaw to be leaders – in the community, the classroom and the world. 


    Gift Societies

    An unrestricted gift to Shaw University is an investment in the future – the future of each Shaw student and the future of our global community. Membership in one of the University’s gift societies allows Shaw University to demonstrate its gratitude to you for inspiring others with your commitment, philanthropic leadership, and generosityYou are invited to show your commitment to the future, and to the education provided at Shaw University, by joining one of our gift societies.

    Thomas J. Boyd Society

    Learn more about the Thomas J. Boyd Society that recognizes alumni who choose to give every year.

    Ella Baker Leadership Circle

    Named after distinguished Shaw alumna and civil rights leader Ella Baker '27, the Ella Baker Leadership Circle will support the innovative programs and research at Shaw University while engaging and empowering women as philanthropic leaders. Learn More

    Gift Society Level
    President's Leadership Circle $100,000+
    Diamond Society Lifetime Giving  $100,000 or more cumulative 
    The EPIC Society $50,000 - $99,000
    The 1865 Alliance $25,000-$49,999
    The Estey Society $10,000 - $24,999
    Henry Martin Tupper Society $5,000 - $9,999
    Elijah Shaw Society $2,000 - $4,999
    Founder's Society  $1,500 - $2,499 
    The Leonard Club  $900 - $1,499 
    Garnet and White Club $500 - $899
    Bell Tower Club  $250 - $499 
    Bears Club $100 - $249
    Quad Club Up to $99
    Thomas J. Boyd Society  Planned Gift 
    Alma Mater Society Loyalty Gift 
    Crystal Bear Society  Established Endowments of $25,000 or more