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Jane Purinton and President Donahue with Shanette and Matthew WestphalThe Saint Mary’s Christmas party, for donors in the 1863 Society and President’s Circle, was held on Friday, December 5th, at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, in a festive room with spectacular views of the city lights.  The evening was Saint Mary’s gift to our donors, who have made this year a very special one.  Meghan Leader, Chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed everyone, with particular recognition to new donors, Young Alumni, and members of the Class of 2014 who made their first donation in their senior year.  Ms. Leader talked about the new Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center, which will open in the spring of 2015, and thanked the donors who made the center a reality.  Students eagerly anticipate its opening this spring.

President Jim Donahue then thanked everyone, including the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents who are hard at work shaping Saint Mary’s future through the Strategic Plan process.  President Donahue also announced two significant gifts to the School of Science:  A challenge gift of $150,000 from Dennis Meiss ´69 and his wife Janet Ralston toward a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer, which will allow Saint Mary’s to offer the cutting-edge tool for scientific research, and a $300,000 donation from the Henry Luce Foundation for scholarships.  President Donahue noted that these donations follow a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) scholarships, and said that the donation and grants confirm the outstanding science education offered by Saint Mary’s.  President Donahue then defined Saint Mary’s vision — to be the leading Catholic comprehensive university in the western United States.  The president thanked all of the donors for their past generosity and invited everyone to join in the journey to make that vision a reality.

View photos from the evening.

Barbara Oseroff


1863 Society for Young Alumni

Traditional undergraduate alumni graduating in the last 10 years can join the 1863 Society at the following levels:

Class of 2006 - $1,300 and above

Class of 2007 - $1,100 and above

Class of 2008 - $900 and above

Class of 2009 - $700 and above

Class of 2010 - $500 and above

Class of 2011 - $400 and above

Class of 2012 - $300 and above

Class of 2013 - $200 and above

Class of 2014 - $100 and above

Class of 2015 - $50 and above

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For more information about making an 1863 Society gift, please contact Daniel Lewis at (925) 631-4616 or [email protected].


1863 Society

In honor of its 150th anniversary, Saint Mary's established the 1863 Society -- an annual giving recognition program. Donors who support the College with an annual contribution of $1,863 to $4,999 (during any one fiscal year between July 1-June 30) will be recognized at the 1863 Society level, named to honor the founding year of the College.

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Which gifts count toward the 1863 Society?

All gifts made during the fiscal year count toward 1863 Society including, outright gifts, corporate matching gifts (for instance, those from your employer), pledges, sponsorships, auction donations and other gifts-in-kind. All gifts in these categories to any fund, school or program apply (for example, the SEBA Dean's Circle, Tip-Off Club, basketball season ticket donations, etc.).

What does "annual giving" mean?

The term "annual giving" refers to gifts made to the College during the fiscal year to any fund, school or program. It is also used to refer to donors' recurrent giving on an annual basis. Donations to annual funds give the College the flexibility to seize new opportunities and manage the school's most pressing and immediate needs. All gifts given throughout the fiscal year are included toward recognition in the 1863 Society.

Are there 1863 Society levels for young alumni?

Yes, click here for more information.

For more information about making an 1863 Society gift, please contact Daniel Lewis at (925) 631-4616 or [email protected].

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