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Giving Societies

Chancellor’s Associates

Chancellor’s Associates is UCR’s leadership annual giving society. Each year, this group of alumni, parents, and friends plays a crucial role in support of students, faculty, research, programs, and facilities. Annual membership in Chancellor’s Associates begins with cumulative gifts to any UCR school, department, or program in the amount of $2,000 or more, or $500 for graduates of the last decade (GOLD). Benefits include invitations to exclusive events and special communications that offer unique ways to engage with campus. Membership levels (Associate, Circle, Council, Visionary, and GOLD) are determined once a year based on the most recent 12 months of giving to the university.

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The Bell Tower Society

The Bell Tower Society recognizes UCR’s most loyal supporters, all of whom play a vital role in the university’s potential to positively impact our world. Members are welcomed when they make gifts for three consecutive years and continue to receive special acknowledgement at the five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 year milestones.

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The Watkins Society

The Watkins Society was established in 1994 to recognize the visionary group of supporters who provide for UCR through their estate plans and other deferred giving arrangements. If you’ve included UCR in your estate plans, please allow us the opportunity to thank you by inducting you as a member of The Watkins Society. This is a valuable step; not only will your membership inspire others to make similar plans for the future, it will ensure your specific wishes are noted in our records. Of course, your name and intentions can be kept private if you wish. 

For more information, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at or (877) 249-0181. 

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UCR Arts Membership

UCR Arts memberships offer access to art and artists while providing essential support to a vibrant cultural scene. Members enjoy privileges all year long, including unlimited free admission, private exhibition previews and daily viewing hours, discounted admission tickets for guests, valuable discounts, and so much more.

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Athletics Association

The UC Riverside Athletics Association is the official booster organization for the Highlanders. Members support student-athlete scholarships, build and maintain first-class facilities, and help fund 17 sports at the NCAA Division I level, the highest level of collegiate competition in the country. We are proud members of the Big West Conference, a group of nine schools.

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Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens

Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens provide support for the development and maintenance of the Gardens, including enhancement of public areas and expansion of the unique plant collections. Friends receive special event invitations, early access to popular plant sales, discounts on events, and a quarterly newsletter.

Be a Friend of the UCR Botanic Gardens

Palm Desert Center Partners

Members of the Palm Desert Center’s Partner program enable UCR to continue the mostly-free educational offerings that are the center of community programming. Partners also provide valuable financial resources to enhance scholarships, support ongoing research, and create a space where we all gather to advance and exchange ideas to improve society.

Join the Palm Desert Center Partners Program

Questions About Giving Societies

Please contact the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship at or (951) 827-4389.