Office ofAdvancement

Recognizing Lifetimes of Generosity

The Lifetime Giving Society was established in the early 1990s to recognize the generous cumulative giving contributions of PLU donors.


Members of the Lifetime Giving Society are invited to special events throughout the year, and highlighted in PLU's online "Honor Roll of Donors." They are held up for their singular generosity, serving as an inspiration to others to invest in the life and mission of PLU.

When a member reaches a new level the donors are recognized by the university.  They are invited to return to campus to meet with students and faculty, attend a class, dine with students, or attend an endowed lectureship as a special guest.

Cumulative lifetime contributions include the total gifts and current pledges of cash, securities, real estate, appreciated property and the charitable value of irrevocable planned gifts.  The totals do not include gifts to KPLU, revocable deferred gifts or employer gifts.

If you have any questions about the Lifetime Giving Society, please contact PLU's Office of Advancement.

Recognition Levels

Tower Award

$1,000,000 to 4,999,999
This level is symbolized by a globe, mounted on a four-foot-tall metal sculpture by Tom Torrens. A plaque displays the donor's name, along with their giving level.

Founders Award

$500,000 to $999,999
This level is symbolized by a crystal vase, engraved with the Lifetime Giving logo, the giving level and the name of the donor.

Regent's Award

$250,000 to $499,999
This level is symbolized by a small replica of the Centennial bell, custom made by Tom Torrens and mounted in a metal arch for display. A plaque is also mounted on the piece with the giving level and the name of the donor.

President's Award

$100,000 to $249,999
This level is symbolized by a large crystal bowl, engraved with the Lifetime Giving logo, the giving level and the name of the donor.

Mentors Award

$50,000 to $99,999
This level is symbolized by a lead crystal cut vase engraved with the Lifetime Giving logo, the giving level and the name of the donor.

Sustainers Award

$25,000 to $49,999
This level is symbolized by a crystal "potpourri" jar, with a lid, that's engraved with the Lifetime Giving logo, the giving level and the name of the donor.

Stewardship Award

$10,000 to $24,999
This level is symbolized by a framed photo of the Rose Window and the Eastvold spire. It is framed with the Lifetime Giving logo, the giving level and the name of the donor.
Make a Lasting Impression

Art and Jennie Hansen ('34) gave more than $4 million to PLU through a number of gifts, supporting campaign and building initiatives as well as scholarship and endowment contributions.