Donor Recognition

We know that your gift, at whatever level you are giving, is a significant contribution to you and your family. Thank you. Pacific deeply values our supporters, and recognition for your gift is a top priority to the University.


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Donor Honor Roll

Nearly 3,500 individuals and organizations make gifts to Pacific University each year. These gifts provide critical funding to allow the university to expand its innovative programs, offer state-of-the-art living and learning facilities for students, conduct world-changing research and global service, and give scholarships and financial aid that make education more accessible for all.

Pacific University is deeply grateful to each of our donors for their contributions, and we recognize each of our generous supporters in the following online donor honor roll. A printed version of this honor roll is available by request by emailing

Donor Honor Rolls


Recognition Societies

Philanthropy has played an important role at Pacific University since it was founded in 1849. Over the years, contributions from loyal supporters have paved the way to make Pacific University one of the top rated schools in the Northwest.

1849 Society

Pacific University’s 1849 Society honors an exceptional group of donors who have earned a place of distinction through their commitment to Pacific’s vital need for private support.

Membership in the 1849 Society is based on lifetime household commitments to Pacific University. Recognition as a member in The 1849 Society automatically begins when your total gifts to Pacific reach $1 million. Once donors have met this level of dedication membership in the 1849 Society remains with you for life.

The President's Circle

The President’s Circle was created to recognize those who have donated to the University at the highest level throughout their lifetime. Members of the President’s Circle share in the goals of providing excellence in education and in preparing students to meet the challenges of a complex world. Members of the President’s Circle have made minimum lifetime cumulative contributions totaling $100,000 or more.

Annual Giving

Charles Trombley Society

After graduating from Pacific in 1954, Charles Trombley began his 30-year career at the university. Trombley demonstrated an unwavering commitment to students and the distinctive mission of Pacific. The Charles Trombley Society recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 or more each fiscal year.

Charles Trombley Society Benefits

  • A personal Pacific representative to assist you with your interactions with the university
  • Invitations to special events and receptions
  • Invitation to the President’s Celebration of Giving
  • INSIDE, an insider’s newsletter from the Charles Trombley Society chair(s)
  • Personalized tours of the university for alumni and friends, or for family members interested in attending Pacific
  • Complimentary lunch for two in dining service
  • New member welcome packet

Sidney Harper Marsh Society

Sidney Harper Marsh, a guiding force behind the early direction of Pacific University, was often referred to as a pioneer; showing unflinching support to ensure Pacific became a successful liberal arts institution. The Sidney Harper Marsh Society recognizes annual gifts up to $999 during each fiscal year.

Planned Giving

The Heart of Oak Society

Current gifts to the university are essential to its vitality and academic strength; however, by making a planned gift to Pacific, you will continue to support programs, academics and scholarship for many years to come. Pacific University strongly values the investment individuals in the Heart of Oak Society have made and has created a special giving society to recognize their investment in the future of Pacific. 

The Heart of Oak Society acknowledges the generosity of any individual who has listed Pacific University in any estate planning tool such as a will, bequest or life insurance. It is important to make Pacific aware of your decision so that you can be recognized for your gift. However, if you choose to remain anonymous, we will honor your wishes.

For more information about gift acknowledgement and stewardship, please contact University Advancement 503-352-2211