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Transformational Leaders

The President’s Leadership Giving Society recognizes those who make exemplary annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the University of St. Thomas.

Fulfilling the university’s mission of advancing the common good takes all of us. It takes talent, passion and dedication. Most important, it takes your philanthropic leadership.

The President’s Leadership Giving Society recognizes those who make exemplary annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the University of St. Thomas.

Giving Circles

The society’s seven giving circles, each named for a leader who played a vital role in shaping St. Thomas, acknowledge members’ significant investments in the university and their roles in making a transformative St. Thomas education possible. 

  • $1,000-$2,499:  I.A. O'Shaughnessy Circle
  • $2,500-$4,999:  President's Circle
  • $5,000-$9,999:  Father Dennis Dease Circle
  • $10,000-$24,999:  Monsignor Terrence Murphy Circle
  • $25,000-$49,999:  Monsignor James Shannon Circle
  • $50,000-$99,999:  Monsignor Humphrey Moynihan Circle
  • $100,000+:  Archbishop John Ireland Circle



Jennifer L. O'Brien '97, M.B.A. '01

Associate Director of Annual Giving
Jennifer O'Brien is Director of Annual Giving
Phone Number
(651) 962-6943

Meet our Leadership Donors

Drs. Gregory '81 and Michele '81 Hanson

Drs. Gregory '81 and Michele '81 Hanson

“Promoting higher education for all with interest and motivation is the key to a successful society. It is our honor to support the institution that started us and our children on a successful and highly rewarding professional academic career.”
Eyo Ekpo '13

Eyo Ekpo '13

“St. Thomas’ greatest gift to me was simply opportunity. Thanks to the generosity of donors, I was blessed with a scholarship, which made it possible for me to get an education, pursue my athletic passion and so much more.”

President's Leadership Giving Society



All members are listed in the university’s Honor Roll of Donors by giving-circle level, receive news about St. Thomas happenings, and are offered priority access in purchasing tickets to the renowned St. Thomas Christmas Concert.

Members at the President’s Circle ($2,500) level and above receive the aforementioned, plus invitations to exclusive President’s Circle events and programs, complimentary tickets to the Christmas Concert and other special opportunities.

Young Alumni Membership


In recognition of the critical importance of young alumni in leadership giving, recent undergraduate alumni can be part of the President’s Circle ($2,500) level at alternative giving levels:

  • 1-3 years after graduation $250
  • 4-6 years after graduation $500
  • 7-10 years after graduation $1,000

How to Become a Member


Membership in the President’s Leadership Giving Society is based on dollars received during St. Thomas’ fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Gifts to any area of the university qualify. They can include pledge payments, cash, matching gifts, gifts through consortiums (such as the United Way) and stock.

For donors who choose to be Sustainers (making monthly, recurring gifts on a credit card or from a bank account), total dollars contributed over the course of the St. Thomas fiscal year (July 1-June 30) are counted.