The Washington University Loyalty Society recognizes alumni, current and former School of Medicine residents and fellows, and current students who make a gift of any amount, anywhere within the university, for two or more consecutive years. 

“My education exceeded my expectations, and I have many fond memories from my days on campus. My wife, Norma, and I contribute to the university every year to help continue its longstanding legacy of excellence.”

Wallace Klein, AB ’47, MA ’48, 72 years loyal

For many alumni, Loyalty Society membership begins simply by contributing to the Senior Class Gift and then making another gift, of any amount, the year after graduation. Who knows where your WashULoyal path may lead? Whether you are a WashU graduate or a former School of Medicine resident or fellow, you might just end up following in the footsteps of Wallace Klein, AB ’47, MA ’48, the Loyalty Society’s honorary chair. As the university’s longest consecutive donor, Klein has given back to his alma mater every year for 72 years and counting.

Sustained giving from Loyalty Society donors like Wallace Klein and many others provides essential resources for scholarships and fellowships, academic programs, and initiatives across the university. WashU is an extraordinary place to learn because of their annual commitment. 

Loyalty Society membership levels

*Based on the Washington University fiscal year, which runs July 1–June 30.

  • 50+ years
  • 25–49 years
  • 15–24 years
  • 10–14 years
  • 5–9 years
  • 2–4 years

Eligible donors are automatically enrolled and receive benefits that include:

  • An annual thank-you gift
  • Recognition during Reunion at Thurtene Carnival and Reunion at Commencement
  • A commemorative pin at the 10th, 15th, 25th, and 50th levels

What keeps Loyalty Society members inspired to give year after year?

Hear directly from our members in our Alumni Spotlight series.

Contact us

Please contact us if you have any additional questions about the Loyalty Society.

  • 877-215-2727
Even a small gift plants a seed. And although you may not know what that seed will grow into, your contribution is a solid investment in making the world a better place. Lisa John, MSW ’91, PhD ’08,
Loyalty Society

Frequently asked questions

How are my years of loyalty calculated?

Membership is based on household giving each fiscal year (July 1–June 30).

Do I need to give a certain amount every year to maintain membership in the Loyalty Society?

Gifts of any amount count toward Loyalty Society participation.

Who is eligible for membership?

Washington University alumni and current students as well as current and former School of Medicine residents and fellows.

Do I need to designate my gift to the Annual Fund in order to qualify for membership?

Both unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund and restricted gifts qualify for membership in the Loyalty Society. You are not required to designate your gift to a specific area of the university. You may direct your gift to the school, program, scholarship, or fellowship of your choice.

Why does giving every year matter?

Consistent annual giving helps the university meet a wide range of needs, from improving technology and facilities to supporting scholarships, fellowships, and student research opportunities. When you make a gift every year, you invest in the programs and initiatives that define an outstanding Washington University education.