Recognition Societies

Spartan Voices

If you really want to succeed, everything you need to do so is right here at San Jose State.

- Corey Keating, '11 Music Composition

Donor recognition societies were created to recognize alumni, parents and friends who give to the university. Through annual and cumulative giving, recognition society members provide SJSU the means to continue a tradition of academic and athletic excellence. 

Matching gifts from employer corporations and foundations are included when determining recognition, raising the level of an individual’s society membership. Alumni who have graduated within the last five years are recognized for gifts at half the minimum giving level of each recognition society. Contact University Advancement Stewardship for more information.

Leadership Giving: The Tower Society

Leadership Giving includes all individuals who have given at least $1,000 to any area or program including athletics during a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Tower Society members are the university’s most loyal and committed donors. Each level affirms a tradition or connection to the university.

President’s Circle: $50,000 or more
Through their benevolence and support of the university these individuals are true partners with the president.

Washington SquareCouncil: $25,000 - $49,999
In observance of the original campus area designed for the university, donated by the city of San Jose.

The 1857 Club: $10,000 - $24,999
In honor of the university’s founding year.

The Gold & Blue Society: $5,000 - $9,999
SJSU’s colors, signifying high aspirations, steadfastness and loyalty. 

Tower Ambassadors: $1,000 - $4,999
Built in 1910, the Tower represents an important part of Spartan tradition and history.

The Dean’s Circle: Annual giving of $1,000 or more
Membership to the Dean’s Circle includes special invitations to the college’s events and key communication, giving rise to a closer relationship between the dean and the donor. Dean’s Circle members are also recognized through their annual and cumulative giving in leadership and legacy giving societies. In support of the dean’s initiatives, giving to a dean’s discretionary fund allows the dean flexibility to take advantage of special opportunities, or to direct funds to areas where they are needed most.

The Gateway Club

Brick & Tile Patrons: $500 - $999
A symbol of SJSU’s innovative future, the pattern is from the front of Tower Hall.

Friends of the University: Up to $499
Every gift is important to the university.

Legacy Giving: The President’s Club

Honoring lifetime giving, legacy giving recognizes individuals who have given at least $150,000, cumulatively, to the university. President’s Club members also enjoy leadership giving level benefits of membership for their annual giving support.  

Chancellor’s Circle: $1,000,000 or more
The university’s premiere recognition society, named in honor of the CSU title, acknowledges the most generous donors. Membership in the Chancellor’s Circle signifies the donor’s commitment to the university, supporting its vision and values.

George W. Minns Society: $150,000 - $999,999
In honor of its founder and first principal. San José State opened its doors as Minns' Evening Normal School in San Francisco in 1857, and then became a state school -- the California Normal School -- created by the California legislature in 1862.

Heritage Society: The university honors and thanks alumni, faculty and friends who care enough about the mission of the university to commit to its future through their estate plans.

Corporate & Foundation Giving: University Partners

Honoring cumulative giving, University Partners members are comprised of organizational donors, corporations and foundations, demonstrating true partnership and support of the university’s mission. University Partner gifts assist the university’s ability to conduct its vital work in education, research and community service.

The President’s Society: $1,000,000 or more

The 1857 Fellows: $150,000 - $999,999