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The 1890 Society

Whitworth relies on consistent, loyal annual support from alumni, parents and friends. The 1890 Society recognizes those who make annual contributions for two or more consecutive years. Regardless of the amount of the gift, members of The 1890 Society fulfill the desire to further the university's mind-and-heart mission for its students.

There is power in numbers. Whitworth doesn't expect everyone to make a large gift (though any gift is appreciated), but in fact values participation and increasing the number of people who give, period. A higher giving participation rate means great things for Whitworth students: financial aid to help keep school affordable, support for faculty research, and campus maintenance and improvements to enhance students' educational experience.

Participation, particularly from alumni, also helps Whitworth apply successfully for much-needed grants. Funding institutions gauge alumni satisfaction by the number of alumni who support their alma mater. The higher the participation rate, the better Whitworth's chances are to earn funding that will strengthen our service to students.

Support what you love about Whitworth. As a member of The 1890 Society, your gifts will support The Whitworth Fund, or you may designate your gift to support a special program or department that meant a lot to you as a student. Areas in which to designate your support include everything from academic programs, building new and improved facilities, athletics, the performing arts…you choose!

How it works

  • Make an annual gift. You become a member of The 1890 Society by donating two or more consecutive years. The size of gift doesn't matter – whether you give $50,000, $5,000, or even $50, you're in!
  • Join monthly. A recurring monthly gift of $5 or more makes a huge difference and qualifies you for membership.

More than anything else, by becoming a member of The 1890 Society, you will belong to a community of alumni, parents and friends who are making a difference for new generations of students. It's encouraging for students to know that they have the support of thousands of alumni, parents and friends behind them as they pursue their own educations of mind-and-heart.

Join The 1890 Society and make a gift today!

To see the ways in which members of The 1890 Society have a direct impact on students and faculty, click here.

Questions? Call us at 509.777.4769 or email giving@whitworth.edu