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-$24,999 to the university each fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Eliot Society by the numbers

Fiscal year 2022–23

Annual unrestricted giving


of annual unrestricted dollars


million in unrestricted gifts

Eliot Membership


retention rate


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 80% of our Annual Fund dollars each year, providing vital funding for the university’s highest priorities. Learn more about the power of your philanthropy.

The opportunities you get from joining the donor community far exceed what you give. It is impossible to overstate the value of being part of the WashU family. Gregg Walker, AB ’94,
William Greenleaf Eliot Society member

For information about eliot Society membership or benefits

Jennifer BasarichAssistant Director, 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 lecture series showcasing 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

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


Eliot Society Fellow


Eliot Society Benefactor


Eliot Society Patron


Danforth Circle

Dean’s Level


Chancellor’s Level

$50,000 or more

Want to do more?

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