Donor Recognition

Philanthropic support provides the opportunity for Winthrop to innovate and inspire - from scholarship support for students to the development of new initiatives to the upkeep of physical spaces. Support from donors is also the best endorsement Winthrop can receive. With gifts to Winthrop, donors create partnership for good, and this partnership sends ripples into the Winthrop community, changing the lives of students during their experience on campus and well beyond. 

We thank you for standing with us in our commitment to Winthrop students today, and tomorrow.

Recognition Societies

We recognize our donors' generosity through various recognition societies. These societies not only honor our donors but also illustrate how their support fosters excellence at Winthrop.

President's Circle


The President's Circle recognizes annual donors giving $1,000 or more each fiscal year. Members lead the Winthrop community in promoting a culture of giving to have a profound impact on the University and its students. Members can take pride in the support provided to Winthrop and have the benefit of connecting with each other at exclusive events. Learn more about the President's Circle.

Winthrop Loyal Society


Winthrop Loyal celebrates donors who have given any amount for the previous three consecutive years or more. Gifts of any amount, to any area of Winthrop, count toward memberships and is based on qualifying gifts to the Winthrop University Foundation between July 1 and June 30. Winthrop Loyal Society members are a community of more than 1,200 donors, and are among our most loyal constituents helping ensure students are given every opportunity to succeed both in and out of the classroom. Whether you are new to supporting Winthrop or have been a part of the Winthrop University donor community for years, securing your membership is easy - make a gift online today!

D.B. Johnson Society

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D.B. Johnson, Winthrop’s founding president, had a vision. With a gift from Robert Winthrop of the Peabody Foundation, Dr. Johnson created what is today one of South Carolina’s top-performing public universities.

The D.B. Johnson Society consists of a loyal group of individuals who have included Winthrop University in their estate plans. Like Robert Winthrop, members of the D.B. Johnson Society know that the plans they make today will provide perpetual support to Winthrop University and its mission.

Learn more about creating a lasting legacy through gift planning.

For more information about supporting Winthrop, please contact University Advancement at 803/323-2275 or toll-free 800/801-1083.