Forever JWU

The generosity of alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends of the university is what sustains us year after year. Support from the entire JWU community will help power a bold new era of academic excellence and achievement. To recognize our supporters for their generosity, we've established a family of giving societies.

Forever JWU Giving Society

Johnson & Wales recognizes donors whose previous 10 years of charitable giving have elevated the university. Each circle consists of individual and coporate donors who believe in the JWU mission and provide the resources to make our ambitious plans a reality.

Giving Circle

10-Year Giving Total

Active Members

Chancellor's Circle $500,000 - $1M+ 20
President's Circle $100,000 - $499,999 73
Deans' Circle $50,000 - $99,999 73
Blue & Gold Circle $10,000 - $49,999 311
Wildcat Circle $5,000 - $9,999 230


Epicurean Society

Providence Epicurean SocietyThe Epicurean Society was established in Charlotte in 2008 and in Providence in 2015. Through a membership fee, donors enjoy two annual culinary experiences. Events, led by guest chefs who are assisted by JWU students and faculty, include culinary demonstrations, receptions, seated dinners and cocktail gatherings. Your membership enables you to be part of unforgettable culinary experiences where you and your guest will learn about inventive cuisine and fine wine pairings.

Additionally, your membership will provide scholarship support to JWU students. To date, members have collectively provided scholarships to dozens of hard-working and dedicated students who will become future leaders in their industry.


1914 Society

Founded 1914The 1914 Society recognizes individuals who plan to leave a legacy at JWU by including the university in their estate planning. Gifts that have been realized as well as those that are planned are recognized.

Learn more about supporting Johnson & Wales through a will, trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan or similar vehicle.


Mary & Gertrude Society

Mary & Gertrude SocietyThe Mary & Gertrude Society was established in the names of our founders, Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales, who in 1914 had the courage and vision to create Johnson & Wales. More than a century later, we are proud to honor them by recognizing our loyal donors who have supported the university for three or more consecutive years.

Each year, gifts to JWU help provide the stability and flexibility needed to help power a new era of innovation and ambitious advancements in academics. To celebrate the contributions of our most loyal donors, we are proud to recognize current members of the Mary & Gertrude Society. The generosity of these alumni, parents and families, faculty, staff and friends who give each and every year helps secure the future of Johnson & Wales University. We couldn't do it without you!


View the 2022-23 Mary & Gertrude Society Members


Want to become a member of the Mary & Gertrude Society?

Donors who make gifts of any amount to JWU for three or more consecutive years are automatically welcomed into the Mary & Gertrude Society. The Johnson & Wales fundraising year begins July 1 and ends June 30. Make your gift this year or contact us to learn more.