Giving to Cal Lutheran

The CLU Annual Fund

The CLU Annual Fund is very fortunate to have many wonderful donors. To better recognize and thank donors such as you for your generous contributions and support of California Lutheran University, the CLU Annual Fund has created a number of gift clubs, circles and societies at every donor level.

Memberships are renewable each fiscal year. If your corporation matches your gift, it will count toward club membership at a higher level.

Associate Circle
$125 to $249

Associate Circle members believe in CLU students and value the importance of investing in their future by contributing $125 to $249 to the CLU Annual Fund each year. You will receive:

  • Subscription to the award-winning CLU Magazine
  • Recognition on the Honor Roll of Donors
Faculty Circle
$250 to $499

Members of the Faculty Circle understand the important role of assisting Cal Lutheran in providing an outstanding educational experience for current students. Faculty Circle members contribute $250 to $499 in unrestricted gifts to the CLU Annual Fund each year. You will receive:

  • Associate Circle benefits PLUS:
  • Special invitation to President's Christmas Concert and Reception
Deans Circle
$500 to $999

Members of the Deans Circle value diversity and academic excellence, promote social justice and help Cal Lutheran develop leaders for a just and humane world by contributing $500 to $999 each year to the CLU Annual Fund. You will receive:

  • Benefits at the Faculty and Associate Circle levels, PLUS:
  • Annual edition of the Morning Glory, CLU's faculty and student literary magazine

Fellows Program

Through an unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more, you will join the prestigious Fellows Program. As a Fellow, you will be invited to exclusive academic, athletic, cultural and social events throughout the year where you will meet faculty, students and other members of the Fellows Program. In addition, you will receive all the benefits listed below.

Founders Circle
$1,000 to $1,958

The Founders Circle consists of individuals dedicated to the vision of Cal Lutheran's original founders. Members provide a tangible expression of their commitment to Cal Lutheran by contributing $1,000 to $1,958 each year to the CLU Annual Fund. You will receive:

  • Fellows Plaque
  • Annual edition of the Morning Glory
  • Special invitation to the CLU Christmas Concert and President's Reception
  • Subscription to the award-winning CLU Magazine
  • Recognition on the Honor Roll of Donors
  • Special mailing of CLU's informative Cultural Events Calendar which lists CLU-hosted events for your enjoyment
  • Annual Fund Impact Report
  • Special VIP invitations to Fall and Spring cultural events
1959 Giving Society
$1,959 to $2,499

It took faith and vision to start Cal Lutheran back in 1959. It takes faith and vision to sustain Cal Lutheran. Members of the 1959 Giving Society possess this faith and vision and distinguish themselves by contributing $1,959 to $2,499 each year to the CLU Annual Fund. Such strong support helps to underwrite programs of academic excellence so that Cal Lutheran can continue to train students for lives of leadership and service in their communities. You will receive:

  • Benefits at the Founders' Circle level, PLUS:
  • Invitation to the annual University President's State of CLU Address
  • Two complimentary tickets to CLU's Homecoming & Family Festival
Purple and Gold Circle
$2,500 to $4,999

Members of the Purple and Gold Circle recognize the excellence of Cal Lutheran with their support. These alumni, parents and friends consistently share their pride and enthusiasm for Cal Lutheran by making an unrestricted gift to the CLU Annual Fund of $2,500 to $4,999 in the current fiscal year. You will receive:

  • Benefits at the Founders' Circle and 1959 Giving Society levels, PLUS:
  • Two complimentary tickets to any tailgate during football season
  • Two complimentary tickets to Athletic Hall of Fame event
President's Circle
$5,000 to $9,999

The President's Circle consists of donors who wholeheartedly support the mission of Cal Lutheran to educate students through academic and co-curricular programs in the liberal arts. This dedicated, steadfast group of alumni, parents, and friends makes annual leadership gifts to the CLU Annual Fund of $5,000 to $9,999. You will receive:

  • Benefits at the previous levels, PLUS:
  • Invitation to lunch with a faculty member of your choice or in your field of interest
Regents Circle
$10,000 or more

The Regents Circle honors alumni, parents and friends whose annual gifts total $10,000 or more to the CLU Annual Fund. Their exceptional level of support does not go unnoticed – and the lasting impact of such generous support is much appreciated by the University. You will receive:

  • Benefits at the previous levels, PLUS:
  • Private lunch hosted by the University President
  • Invitation to CLU's celebration of research and scholarship, the annual Festival of Scholars
Oak Tree Society
Giving for 3 Years or More Consecutively

The oak tree has often been used as a symbol of life, strength, wisdom, nobility, longevity, family, power, heritage, honor and loyalty. Similarly, the Oak Tree Society at CLU honors donors who have shown a commitment to giving to the CLU Annual Fund for three or more years consecutively. A gift, no matter how big or small, that is given every year to the University grows to the power of an oak tree when it is joined with gifts from other Cal Lutheran alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends. Oak Tree Society members are recognized on our websites and on printed donor lists by the symbol of an oak leaf next to their names.

Orville Dahl Society
Estate Giving

The Orville Dahl Society has been established to recognize and honor those who provide for California Lutheran University through their estate plans. A gift through your estate plan can ensure that your gifts to the Annual Fund will continue forever. Your gift will be invested in California Lutheran University's endowment, and a percentage of the endowment earnings will be added to the Annual Fund each year, endowing your annual fund gift for perpetuity!


CLU's fiscal year runs June 1 though May 31. Gifts must be paid in full by the end of the fiscal year to receive full recognition at committed levels.


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