Office of Annual and Special Giving

Effective Date:
Last Updated: 05/24/2010

This Office conducts ongoing solicitations for support in a fiscal year cycle on behalf of the University, its Schools, Colleges and Units. This function is fully described in POLICY: 5 (Fundraising Campaigns - Annual Solicitation Campaigns: The Georgia Fund).

Special Giving programs include, but are not limited to, the Presidents Club, University Partners, Faculty and Staff Campaign, Parents and Families Association, Senior Signature, the graduating class gift, and, Third Pillar - the consecutive annual giving program. These programs are described below.

The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club recognizes donors at a specific annual dollar amount of $1,000 or more. The Presidents Club has a tiered structure recognizing Associate members donating $1,000-$4,999 within the fiscal year=s campaign, Fellows, at $5,000-9,999, and Benefactors, at $10,000 and above. University Partners (described below) are Presidents Club members whose gift designation warrants special attention. Founding members of the Presidents Club have a special lifetime distinction having joined in the first twenty years of the program. These individuals made a $10,000 total commitment and/or purchased a$25,000 life insurance policy.

University Partners Program

An enhanced Presidents Club level, University Partners are individuals whose annual gifts to UGA total $2,500 or greater and support the President=s Venture Fund in total or in part. University Partners enjoy a unique flexibility in choosing how their gifts will benefit UGA. All Partners support the Venture Fund with a $1,000 minimum gift which helps meet unbudgeted funding challenges throughout the academic year. Donors may choose to donate the remainder of their gift to the academic area of their choice. (Athletic ticket priority programs are not included.) University of Georgia faculty and staff (current and retired) may join the Partners program at a reduced level of $1,500 in annual support with at least $500 designated to the President=s Venture Fund. Additional information on the program and Venture Fund distributions is available at

Parents and Families Association

Having traditionally involved parents of current students for unrestricted support to the University, a new structure created a programmatic approach to further engage these families in institutional advancement. Established in 2000, the purpose of the Parents and Families Association is: 

  • To enhance communication between parents and families and UGA,
  • To enrich the college experience for both parents and families and their students,
  • To involve parents and families in campus and regional activities to promote UGA, and
  • To support financially the Parents and Families Fund.

Parents are solicited for contributions to the Parents and Families Fund, unrestricted funds, and other academic areas. The Parents and Families Council, the leadership entity for the Association, solicits council membership gifts at the Partners level. Their gifts support Venture Fund and the Parents and Families Fund specifically. The Council distributes grants annually to organizations, departments, and projects. These grants are designed to enhance programs for undergraduate students.

Contributions to the Parents and Families Fund determine how much is available for grants each year. A complete list of the most recent grants is available at

Senior Signature

Senior Signature encourages graduating UGA students to initiate a tradition of supporting their alma mater. In recognition of their support, donors= names appear on the graduating class plaques, permanently displayed in the Tate Student Center Plaza.

Faculty and Staff Campaign

Members of the University community show their support for institutional needs and programs. Annually, faculty and staff are encouraged to invest in the University, and gifts may be designated to any area of interest.

Third Pillar - Consecutive Giving

Donors making gifts in multiple consecutive years are recognized as being part of The Third Pillar. Qualification for this loyalty group requires participating in the last three or more consecutive Georgia Fund campaigns.

The Third Pillar takes its name from the University=s official symbol, the Arch. The three pillars of the UGA Arch model those on the State of Georgia Seal representing the virtues of Wisdom, Justice and Moderation. It is the Third Pillar - Moderation - which is exhibited by those donors who consistently renew their belief in the University through annual gifts.