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Donor Recognition Societies

Your investment in the University of Hawaiʻi creates the margin of excellence that propels our students towards success.

Private donors help build our future and enhance our today in so many ways. By supporting UH, you nurture the rich partnership between our university and our world. From training our workforce, life-long learning opportunities, athletics events, campus-based art galleries and theatres to the cutting-edge research seeking answers to today's challenges, UH enriches all our lives.

Private gifts are critical to the health of any public university. They build on state support, and provide the university with the means to do more — offer more scholarships, conduct more research, and take advantage of academic opportunities that might otherwise be missed.

Our donor recognition clubs exist to honor and thank the visionary philanthropists who have invested in our collective future.

  • President's Club

    President's Club

    Since 1976, the President's Club has been the university's premier donor society. It honors those who make an annual gift of at least $1,500 to any campus or program in the University of Hawaiʻi System or who provide general support by making a gift to the UHF Fund for Excellence. 

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  • Founder's Club

    Founder's Club

    The Founder's Club recognizes the most generous individuals whose cumulative lifetime giving to the University of Hawai‘i has surpassed $100,000. Founders Club donors give to a variety of areas including endowed academic chairs, student scholarships, start-up capital for research and discretionary funds.

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  • Hōkū

    Hōkū

    Hōkū means star in the Hawaiian language. The Hōkū Society is the UH Foundation’s top donor recognition society acknowledging the university’s true philanthropic stars. Individual and corporate donors of $1 million or more comprise this most exclusive group of University of Hawai‘i philanthropists.

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  • Heritage Society

    Heritage Society

    Members of the Heritage Society are among the University of Hawaiʻi's most important constituents. Founded in 1998 the Heritage Society honors alumni, faculty and friends who have used charitable estate and gift planning to give to the University of Hawaiʻi.

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