Giving Societies


Giving societies celebrate those alumni, parents, and friends who make a phenomenal impact on students at Whittier College through philanthropic support.

Members enjoy a number of benefits, including invitation to members-only events and other perks.

Learn more about Whittier College's giving societies:


John Greenleaf Whittier Society

JGWS members represent the inner circle of the Whittier College community with leadership gifts of $3,000 or more each fiscal year, receiving access to special events and benefits. More information

Wardman Circle

Wardman Circle is a dedicated group of individuals committed to the mission of Whittier through gifts and pledges of $1,000 or more each fiscal year.​ More information

Faithful Friends

Faithful Friends are consistent supporters who have established a pattern of giving that spans two or more consecutive fiscal years (July 1 - June 30). More information

Young Alumni Society

Young Alumni Society (YAS) is made up of Poets who graduated within the past ten years and who to support students every year. More information


The Philadelphian Society

The Philadelphian Society is comprised of supporters who through thoughtful estate planning, deferred giving, and other planned gifts, ensure that Whittier will thrive for years to come. More information

Poets Laureate

Poets Laureate include individuals and organizations that have completed charitable commitments of at least $1,000,000 to Whittier College, receiving our highest recognition. More information


Purple & Gold Club

The Purple & Gold Club is the primary support group for the Whittier College Athletics Department, supporting Whittier’s 18 intercollegiate men’s and women’s teams. More information

Friends of the Shannon Center

Friends of the Shannon Center provide essential resources to the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. More information