Recognition Societies

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

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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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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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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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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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President’s Society

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

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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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1882 Society

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

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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.


*An administrative fee of up to 5% will apply to your donation.
This fee provides essential operational support for the EWU Foundation. Please visit Foundation Fees Policy for more information.