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Donor Societies

You may give to UH for many reasons - to express thanks to former mentors, to give back to the institution that gave you your start, to honor cherished memories, to increase opportunity for today's students and tomorrow's leaders, or to be part of something big.

No matter your reason for giving, at the heart of each gift is your desire to make an impact through education, research, culture, and outreach programs of the university.  Each contribution has a direct and immediate positive impact on UH and funds a level of excellence not supported through state assistance. Each gift is deeply appreciated, no matter the size, no matter what college or university program is supported.

Recognition groups include:

UH Life Members are initiated through a $1,000 individual contribution, or $1,500 joint contribution, to the Legacy Endowment.  Life Members are afforded special recognition and opportunities including special events. 

Rising Stars are recent graduates of UH who have made a gift within 5 years of graduation.  Recognition is earned with their very first gift to UH.  After 5 years of consecutive annual gifts, Rising Stars become HOUSTON Pacesetters.     

HOUSTON Pacesetters recognize UH alumni, friends, faculty and staff who are among UH's most loyal donors.  HOUSTON Pacesetters have demonstrated their support of UH by making a gift every year for 5 consecutive years or more.  These donors are recognized because they faithfully choose UH as one of their philanthropic priorities year after year.

The In Tempore Legacy Society recognizes alumni and other individuals who have included the University of Houston in their estate plans through planned giving. For more information contact the Office of Gift Planning, 713-743-8680.

Several colleges recognize generous donors through college-based recognition programs, including:

Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management: Keepers of the Lamp
C.T. Bauer College of Business: Circle of Honor
College of Pharmacy: Mading Society
College of Optometry: Dean's Circle
College of Technology: Dean's Society
UH Law Center: Dean's Society

For overall information about donor recognition, contact the Annual Giving Office at or 713-743-4708.