Giving Societies

Rice University's giving societies recognize the remarkable difference our generous donors make across the university. 

The Parliament

parliament (n.) —  a gathering of owls 

Rice University proudly introduces The Parliament, our new loyalty giving society dedicated to recognizing Owls who — by making a gift anywhere at Rice for three or more consecutive years — advance Rice’s students, campus and community.

The Impact of Annual Giving 

  • On Students — You enhance Rice’s unique and highly personal learning environment, which empowers our Owls to exercise their academic, artistic and athletic talents.
  • On Campus — You support Rice’s inspiring physical environment and, more importantly, the people who bring it to life.
  • On Community — You bolster the partnerships and programs that advance Rice's impact within and beyond the hedges.

Parliament Recognition
Individuals in The Parliament will be acknowledged annually and receive special recognition for milestone years of consecutive giving (3, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25+ years).

Give this fiscal year to ensure your recognition! 

Questions? Please review the Parliament FAQ or email giving@rice.edu.

How to Join 

  • Make a gift of any size, anywhere, for at least three consecutive fiscal years (July 1–June 30).
  • Maintain your recognition by giving every fiscal year.

Rice Annual Fund Leadership Giving

The Rice Annual Fund relies on a strong tradition of leadership giving to support the scholarships, academic resources and campus life initiatives that keep Rice unique and vibrant.

Recognition at one of these levels is based on unrestricted gifts to the Rice Annual Fund, including corporate matching gifts, during one fiscal year (July 1–June 30):

Leadership Giving Societies 

Gifts to the Annual Fund at or above the leadership level make up a very significant proportion of giving totals. When you give at the leadership level to the Annual Fund, you make a very real difference for our students and faculty.

Recognition at one of these levels is based on unrestricted gifts to the Rice Annual Fund, including corporate matching gifts, during one fiscal year (July 1–June 30):

Campanile Society 
$50,000 or more

Sallyport Society
$25,000–$49,999

Lovett Society
$10,000–$24,999

Brown Society
$5,000–$9,999

Charter Society
$2,500–$4,999

Young Alumni Leadership
Giving Societies 


Young alumni make up just over 25 percent of Rice University’s overall alumni base. That represents a significant proportion of our alumni — and the potential to make a big difference as volunteers and donors.

Young alumni who give at the leadership level enjoy special recognition and Rice networking opportunities as members of the Edgar Odell Lovett Society or Charter Society. More than 180 young alumni became philanthropic leaders in 2015–2016!

Lovett Society
Classes of 2006–2007: $2,500
Classes of 2008–2016: $1,000

Charter Society          
Classes of 2006–2007: $1,000
Classes of 2008–2012: $500
Classes of 2013–2016: $250

To learn more about giving at the leadership level, please contact Emily Hilber, executive director of the Rice Annual Fund, at 713-348-4666 or emilysk@rice.edu.

Parents Leadership Council

Share your passion for Rice with other parents

The mission of the Parents Leadership Council (PLC) is to facilitate philanthropy, act as ambassadors for the university and its students, and foster a welcoming environment for all Rice families. As a giving society, the PLC unites families across the world who are dedicated to participating in a leadership role within the Rice community. PLC members contribute to the Owl experience in many ways, by assisting with internships, externships and career opportunities for students and by attending PLC meetings and special events. 

Your annual Parents Leadership Council gift of $2,500 or more advances the university’s mission and helps provide all Rice students with opportunities to reach their full potential. The 2017–18 PLC is chaired by Jason ’84 and Michelle Robertson ’85, parents of Riley ’18.

For more information about joining the Parents Leadership Council, contact Diane O'Brien, associate director of the Rice Annual Fund, at 713-348-3287 or dobrien@rice.edu.

The Captain James Addison Baker Society

The Baker Society was named in honor of Captain James Addison Baker, who safeguarded the will of Rice’s founder, William Marsh Rice, and played a key role in advancing the university. The society recognizes the generosity of alumni and friends who have named Rice as a beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan or other deferred gift arrangement.  

To learn more about the Baker Society and your legacy at Rice, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-348-4624.

The Legacy Society

Rice was established with a $4.6 million bequest from William Marsh Rice. From this remarkable gift emerged the vision for an international research university that placed "no upper limit" on its educational endeavor. The Legacy Society honors the 75 philanthropists who advanced the university by making gifts that matched or exceeded Rice’s extraordinary bequest.

William Marsh Rice Society

The William Marsh Rice Society, which was established during the 80th anniversary of Rice’s opening, recognizes the generosity of individuals who have given $250,000 or more to the university.

Rice Associates

The Rice University Associates was established in 1953 to enhance the life of the university through the involvement of community leaders who were “influential in civic, cultural, and educational affairs of the region.”  Today, members of this group continue to be distinguished by their ability, experience and high ideals and are recognized for their contributions of $50,000 or more.