Giving Societies

Savannah State University is fortunate to be supported by many loyal donors whose gifts make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff and in the communities they serve. Giving societies were formed so that we can show our sincerest appreciation to donors who commit to SSU and help our university improve lives everywhere.

Cumulative Giving Societies

Cumulative Giving Societies recognizes individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations whose cumulative generosity has made a significant impact on our university.  SSU’s cumulative giving societies include: the 1890 Society, the Richard R. Wright Society, and the Hill Hall Society. These societies recognize donors whose gifts have reached more than $1 million, $500K, and $250K, respectively.

Richard R. Wright Society recognizes total giving of $1 million and above and is named for our first President.

Wiley Society recognizes total giving of $500K and above and is named for our second President.

Hill Hall Society recognizes total giving of $250K and above and is named for SSU’s most recognized landmark.

Endowers Society recognized total giving of $25K and above to an endowment fund(s)

Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who have a documented bequest intention with the University or University Foundation.

Yearly Giving Societies

End Zone Club – The End Zone Club comprises alumni and friends who give $1500 or more towards club membership.  The support this club provides critical support for immediate needs.

President’s Club – The President’s Club comprises alumni and friends whose annual support makes an immediate impact at SSU.  The club recognizes supporters who give a minimum of $1,250 or more each fiscal year towards club membership.

Committee of 1000 – recognizes alumni and friends whose unrestricted annual support totals $1,000 or more each fiscal year.

Tiger P.A.W.s Club – (Tiger Philanthropist at Work Society) recognizes all faculty, staff, and retirees who support SSU with gift to one of our annual funds.  Donors are recognized for going above and beyond in their commitment by working for and giving to the success of the university.

Benefit Allocation Process and Donor Rank

Donor Rank is determined by annual giving level.  Donors are grouped into the levels based on giving activity as of December 31, 2021 and, again, at June 30, 2022.  Priority points are given also based on current year giving, and consecutive years giving to the University annual fund(s).

Qualifying Gifts

Open pledge balances and documented planned gifts do not qualify donors for club memberships.  Donors are recognized for documented planned gifts as part of the Legacy Society.  Recognition into the yearly giving societies is calculated by unrestricted giving during the fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Benefits of Membership