The Hill Society

Crouse College building exterior in the spring

Be a leader and contribute to Syracuse University’s foundation and future. Join The Hill Society.

The Hill Society Syracuse UniversityThe Hill Society is an elite network of leadership annual donors who share a common goal of supporting Syracuse University’s highest priorities. As a member, you will receive updates on how your contributions directly impact students and faculty, along with the latest news about the areas of the University you love most. Exclusive regional and on-campus events allow members to engage with each other and University leadership, creating connections and opportunities to work together to advance Syracuse University’s mission and shape its future.

Membership starts with an annual gift of $2,500 to the Syracuse University Annual Fund, General Supported Scholarship Fund, any dean’s discretionary fund, or a qualifying campus-wide program fund.

 

The Hill Society Membership Gift Levels

CHANCELLOR’S CIRCLE
$25,000+

VICE CHANCELLOR’S CIRCLE
$10,000–$24,999

SCHOLAR
$5,000–$9,999

MEMBER
$2,500–$4,999

Generation Orange Gift Levels
(for recent graduates)

Year 0–4: $250

Year 5–8: $500

Year 9–10: $1,000+

 

To learn more about The Hill Society or to make a gift, contact Philanthropic Engagement at 315.443.3161 or giving@syr.edu.

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Yes, it will be renewed each year when you make your annual gift (minimum of $2,500) to any of the current use funds that are included in the Fund for Syracuse.
No, as long as the gift meets the requirements of $2,500 to one of the Funds for Syracuse.

The Hill Society provides an inclusive network with exclusive access:

  • Each member will receive a welcome packet with specially branded The Hill Society materials.
  • Exclusive invitations to The Hill Society events located in their geographic region
  • Quarterly e-newsletter
  • Opportunities to network with other The Hill Society members throughout the year.

Annual dollars provided through The Fund for Syracuse are flexible and immediately available, enabling the chancellor, deans, and other division heads to funnel those dollars wherever they are most urgently needed. Tuition and fees account for only a portion of SU’s annual budget. Annual contributions to The Fund for Syracuse are crucial, creating an essential bridge between tuition revenues and the actual cost of an SU education. The Fund for Syracuse is actually a collection of many current-use funds. The Fund for Syracuse includes:

  • The Annual Fund
  • General Scholarship Fund
  • Director/Dean’s Funds for each school, college, and unit
  • A variety of specialty funds for current use purposes
Gifts to the “Fund for Syracuse” are counted within our fiscal calendar of July 1 – June 30.

The Fund for Syracuse affords individuals a great deal of flexibility, as donors may choose from a wide range of annual giving designations, which align with their personal interests and connections with the University. This includes options for making gifts to each college, school, and unit on campus. For those individuals that want the University to decide how best to put their gifts to use, unrestricted contributions may be made to Annual Fund.

All of these gifts have something in common:

  • They are spent each year (which is different than an endowment gift).
  • They represent a flexible and essential source of funds and an investment in the leaders of the university, schools, colleges, and units to make strategic investments.
  • They are essential to the operation of the University. The majority of the budget provided to the University's thirteen colleges and schools are in the form of fixed costs. Annual giving contributions provide an invaluable source of flexible funding that reflects your priorities as a donor, as well as the greatest needs and highest priorities of the University.

Year after year, gifts to the Fund for Syracuse make possible scholarships, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students. Annual gifts help SU provide state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, and support learning experiences, including study abroad, immersion trips, and student competitions.

Whatever the size of your gift, your support strengthens Syracuse. It is also a vote of confidence. Universities that have a broad base of alumni support do better in college rankings.