Giving Societies

At SMU, our appreciation of annual donations cannot be overstated. The support and generosity of the Mustang community strengthens all that makes SMU great and touches lives across campus. In short, SMU would not be all that it is today without our donors’ continued support, so we are pleased to honor them with membership in three different giving societies that recognize both loyalty and leadership giving.

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Hilltop Society

Hilltop Society

Inspired by the spot on which Dallas Hall stands, SMU’s Hilltop Society recognizes SMU’s most loyal donors, with two or more consecutive fiscal years of giving to any area of SMU.

Hilltop Society members collectively help build SMU’s financial foundation through consistent yearly giving. Members enjoy exclusive opportunities to engage with SMU, including special announcements and invitations, featured online content and more.

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President’s Associates

President's Associates

Each year SMU gratefully recognizes its President’s Associates, a select group of SMU supporters who contribute $1,000 or more in current-use gifts to the University during SMU’s fiscal year.

Current-use gifts provide an immediate impact across all areas of university life – from funding scholarships and groundbreaking faculty research to enhancing the campus experience – building the foundation from which SMU can launch even more ambitious efforts to shape world changers.

President’s Associates enjoy exclusive, leadership-level opportunities to engage with SMU, including special announcements and invitations, featured online content and more.

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Dallas Hall Society

The Dallas Hall Society recognizes the generosity and foresight of those who are securing SMU’s future through planned gifts. Dallas Hall Society members are committed to making SMU academically strong and financially sound, now and for years to come. Planned gifts have an enormous and lasting impact on SMU, creating a legacy for students for generations to come.

How to qualify

Interested in supporting SMU for life? Here’s how you can help:

  • Include SMU as a beneficiary in their will or living trust
  • Name SMU as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan
  • Name SMU as a beneficiary of a life income gift (a remainder trust, a gift annuity or a lead trust)
  • Make a gift of a personal residence or farm to SMU, with life estate reserved

In appreciation of your support

SMU honors Dallas Hall Society members with a limited-edition print of an original painting of Dallas Hall and a certificate of membership. Members are encouraged to stay involved with SMU and are invited to special events on campus.

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Mustang Club

Your gift to the Mustang Club helps SMU Athletics provide our 424 student-athletes in 17 varsity sports with the resources they need to succeed at a world-class university and bring honor and recognition to SMU. Mustang Club supply provide our student-athletes with academic support services, room and board expenses, top-of-the-line equipment, travel opportunities, health care, and much more. Thank you for partnering with the Mustang Club in Shaping Champions at SMU.

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