When you give to Johnson & Wales University, you have the opportunity to express your deep personal connections. You can mark birthdays or anniversaries, honor friends or mentors or memorialize loved ones. There is no more meaningful way to celebrate an occasion, a friendship or a life than to make a gift that will benefit others far into the future. 

Groups may combine resources for memorial or tribute gifts, but all donations must be received in advance. Contact us at 401-598-2185 or for additional information or to begin planning.


Memorial Bricks

Your gift of $500 will allow your name or the name of a beloved family member, friend, JWU faculty or staff member to live on at Johnson & Wales University. 

Memorial Benches

Commemorate a loved one with a memorial bench on the Johnson & Wales University Downcity, Harborside or Charlotte Campus. A memorial or tribute bench with an engraved granite post marker can be dedicated with a gift of $3,300. 

Offer A Living Tribute

A tree planted in someone’s memory is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations. Planting a tree on someone’s behalf is a great way to honor or memorialize them. Trees provide so many natural benefits; planting a tree is truly a gift that keeps on giving. The size, species and location of the tree will vary between the Downcity, Harborside or Charlotte Campus. A dedication plaque will be located near the tree. The opportunity to provide a living tribute begins at $5,000.

A gift of $10,000 or more provides an opportunity to dedicate a garden space in honor or memory of someone special. Contact us for information regarding a place on the Downcity, Harborside or Charlotte Campus that will serve as an appropriate location.  

Members of the Advancement & University Relations team are available to answer questions and assist you in establishing an appropriate memorial or tribute gift. Please contact us at 401-598-2185 or