Recognition Societies

Recognition societies honor and thank those alumni, parents, and friends who provide us with a high level of annual support. Members enjoy a number of benefits, including invitations to members-only events and special University communications.

Benjamin P. Cheney Society

The transportation industrialist, Mr. Cheney contributed $10,000 to fulfill the vision of area citizens who had long desired an institute for higher learning.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

With an unrestricted gift of $1 million or more, members of the Benjamin P. Cheney Society stand with Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo in addressing critical needs of the university: financial aid, service initiatives and a host of other essential priorities.

Contact: Laura Thayer
Phone: 509.359.4860
Email: lthayer3@ewu.edu 

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Clarence Daniel Martin Society

Dr. Martin fulfilled his dream of a four-year college in Cheney after he was elected governor of Washington in 1933.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

The Clarence Daniel Martin Society is a group of alumni, parents and friends who provide Eastern with a high level of unrestricted support between $500,000 and $999,999. Through their gifts, members of the Clarence Daniel Martin Society provide us with:

  • Provide financial aid for deserving students
  • Further our global service efforts
  • Support our areas of greatest need

Contact: Laura Thayer
Phone: 509.359.4860
Email: lthayer3@ewu.edu 

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Mary Monroe Society

Mrs. Monroe was the first female chair of the board of trustees in the 1920s and an advocate for women in
professional careers.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

The Mary Monroe Society is a group of alumni, parents and friends who provide Eastern with a high level of support between $250,000 and $499,999 for expendable academic scholarships. Through their gifts, members of the Mary Monroe Society:

  • Enable students to come to Eastern without having to worry about how they will pay for it
  • Further our global service efforts
  • Start something big

Contact: Laura Thayer
Phone: 509.359.4860
Email: lthayer3@ewu.edu 

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William J. Sutton Society

Dr. Sutton organized the first public school in Cheney, serving as the Cheney Normal School principal and professor of math and history.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

With a gift of $100,000 to $249,999, The William J. Sutton Society recognizes and thanks those members of the Eastern family who provide the MBA Program with a high level of annual support.

Contact: Laura Thaye
Phone: 509.359.4860
Email: lthayer3@ewu.edu 

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President’s Society

Named in honor of the presidents who guided the University to its present eminence.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

With an annual unrestricted gift of $25,000 to $99,999, members of the President’s Society stand with Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo in addressing critical needs of the University.

Contact: Laura Thayer
Phone: 509.359.4860
Email: lthayer3@ewu.edu 

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Legacy Society

Recognizes and honors individuals and families who, through their estate plans, have established a planned gift of any size to the Eastern Washington University Foundation. Gifts take many forms, such as a bequest through a will or personal trust or one of several charitable life income plans.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

Joining the Legacy Society is easy! Simply inform us in writing that you have included Eastern in your estate plans and provide us with one of the following pieces of documentation:

  • A copy of the pertinent provisions in your will or trust
  • A copy of the life insurance policy naming the University as beneficiary
  • A letter from your attorney stating that you have included Eastern in your estate plans

Contact: Dennis Reed, College Advancement Director – Planned Giving
Phone: 509.359.6901
Email: dreed8@ewu.edu

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1882 Society

In honor of Eastern’s year of founding, this society recognizes supporters who contribute $1,000 or more annually.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

Being recognized with in the 1882 Society is easy! Either make an annual gift of $1,000 or more, or have a lifetime giving amount of $25,000 or more.

Contact: Laura Thayer
Phone: 509.359.4860
Email: lthayer3@ewu.edu 

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Kinnikinick Society

Named for the Northwest native perennial evergreen and the traditional name of the Eastern yearbook, this honors donors for their loyalty, recognizing support of three or more consecutive years, no matter the amount.

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How do I receive recognition within this Society?

Joining the Kinnikinick Society is easy! Simply start giving today!

Contact: Laura Thayer
Phone: 509.359.4860
Email: lthayer3@ewu.edu 

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* An annual administrative fee of up to 2% may apply to your donation. This fee provides essential operational support for the EWU Foundation.