Each year, thousands of alumni, parents, and friends provide flexible resources that help sustain Washington University’s excellence. Leading these vital efforts are members of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, who contribute $1,000 or more annually.

Eliot Society by the numbers

*Fiscal year 2020–21 | **Academic year 2020–21

Annual unrestricted giving

81%

of annual unrestricted dollars*


$24.9

million in unrestricted gifts*

Scholarship Support

800

named annual scholarships and fellowships**


10,213

members worldwide*

We have an increasing need for Annual Fund support at Washington University. As we continue to recruit and educate the best students, we must alleviate any obstacles that may prevent them from fully enjoying the WashU experience. Eliot Society members contribute at least 75% of our Annual Fund dollars each year, providing vital funding for the university’s highest priorities. Learn more about the power of your philanthropy.

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Thank you for your leadership

We are grateful to Andrew and Jane Bursky for their generous leadership. The Andrew M. and Jane M. Busky Leadership Challenge, which concluded on December 31, inspired 35 alumni, parents, and friends to contribute nearly $1.1 million in support of Washington University’s mission. Thank you for leading the way!

For information about eliot Society membership

Berkeley GillentineDirector, Leadership Annual Giving and Eliot Society Programs

Benefits of Eliot Society membership

In recognition of your generosity to Washington University, Eliot Society members receive:

  • Invitations to special events
  • Access to the Eliot Society Speaker Series, a virtual series that showcases the expertise and research of our outstanding faculty
  • Parking privileges on the Danforth Campus
  • Library privileges on the Danforth Campus
  • The opportunity to join the Whittemore House and enjoy fine dining in a club atmosphere (An additional fee applies.)
  • Access to the Athletics Complex/Sumers Recreation Center
  • Subscriptions to university publications
  • Discount on Reunion registration fee
  • Discount at the Danforth Campus Bookstore
It’s so important to help people achieve their dreams. I think about how people helped me along the way when I was younger, so it’s very gratifying when I can do the same thing for others. Julie Boehning, MLA ’94,
School of Law scholarship donor

Donor recognition

Your name will be listed by membership level in the annual Eliot Society Honor Roll of Donors (unless you request anonymity).

Annual membership

Annual unrestricted gifts

Eliot Society Member

$1,000–$2,499

Eliot Society Fellow

$2,500–$4,999

Eliot Society Benefactor

$5,000–$9,999

Eliot Society Patron

$10,000–$24,999

Danforth Circle

Dean’s Level

$25,000–$49,999

Chancellor’s Level

$50,000 or more

Chancellor Andrew Martin talks with former U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Condaleeza Rice at the Eliot Society dinner in 2019
Chancellor Andrew D. Martin interviews former United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs Condoleezza Rice at the 52nd Annual Eliot Society Dinner in 2019.

Want to do more?

Eliot Society volunteers help plan university events in their region and encourage others to support the mission of WashU.