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Donor Recognition

Hilltop Society

Named for the spot on which Dallas Hall stands, the Hilltop Society honors donors who have shown a commitment to giving every year to the University.

The Hilltop Society provides special recognition and distinction to those individuals who collectively help build SMU’s financial foundation through consecutive yearly giving. A gift, given every year, to any area of the University exponentially adds up when it is joined with gifts from other SMU alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends.


The Hilltop Society recognizes donors at the following milestones:

  • 20 Year
  • 15 Year
  • 10 Year
  • 5 Year
  • 2 Year

Join the Hilltop Society today by making an online gift to SMU.


Recognition is based on the number of consecutive years of giving. The SMU fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. To ensure that your stretch of consecutive giving continues, you must contribute at least once during this period. Gifts and pledge payments count toward each year’s commitment. Those donors who have 20 or more years of consecutive giving as of May 31, 2009, will be charter members of the Hilltop Society.

Members of the Hilltop Society receive special communications from SMU, are acknowledged in University publications and receive invitations to University and donor events in Dallas and other cities. After 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of consecutive giving, donors will receive special recognition from the University.

Please Join Us

To learn more about the Hilltop Society, please contact the SMU Office of Donor Relations at 214-768-4525 or