The Harris Society and 1868 Society

Presidents Dinner 

 The annual OSU President's Dinner honors new members of the Harris Society.

The Harris Society and the 1868 Society honor donors whose generosity represents leadership giving at its finest.

The Milton Harris Society
Milton Harris, a 1926 OSU graduate and noted chemist, gave the first $1 million gift to OSU. The university honors donors who have followed his example of generosity, making cumulative gifts, pledges, and estate gifts at the $1 million, $5 million, and $10 million levels. These donors are recognized on the OSU Legacy Wall in the Memorial Union.

The 1868 Society
The 1868 Society was named for the year in which the legislature passed OSU's charter, creating Oregon's first state-supported college. By making substantial contributions of over time, members of the 1868 Society carry on OSU's proud legacy and help ensure an outstanding future for the university. Levels within the 1868 Society recognize these donors’ substantial lifetime commitment to Oregon State University. Each level is named for a key figure in OSU's history.

James H. Jensen Society ($500,000 to $999,999)
James H. Jensen was OSU president when the university's first donor recognition group was established in 1967.

August LeRoy Strand Society ($250,000 to $499,999)
August Leroy Strand, OSU president from 1942 to 1961, was instrumental in launching the OSU Foundation in 1947.

William Jasper Kerr Society ($100,000 to $249,999)
William Jasper Kerr served as OSU president from 1907 to 1934, a 25-year period marked by tremendous growth. Members of OSU's historical Council of Regents are recognized as Kerr Society members.

Donor Courtesies

In recognition of the pivotal role they have played at Oregon State University, 1868 Society members receive donor courtesies including invitations to the annual President's Dinner and all OSU President's Circle events, recognition in the annual Honor Roll of Donors, and special communications.

Beyond these benefits, 1868 Society members treasure the certainty that their partnership with OSU has made a significant impact not only on those who work and study here, but on the world.

Donor Liaison

Harris Society and 1868 Society members may contact the program's staff liaison with any questions about giving to OSU, your cumulative giving, or general OSU questions.
Penny Hardesty
Director, Donor Relations


OSU Legacy Wall

Oregon State's most generous donors are honored on the OSU Legacy Wall: a permanent tribute to those who, throughout university history, have made gifts of $1 million or more during their lifetimes and through their estates. Located outside the Memorial Union Horizon Room, this list of households and organizations – presently about 300 – is updated annually.

Benjamin Horning from the class of 1914 represents the earliest class year on the list. A quote from the OSU Creed, used in the 1929 dedication of the Memorial Union, appears at the top of the Legacy Wall: “A heritage from the deeds and dreams of yesterday, a reality with the students of today, and the assurance of a magnificent tomorrow.”