In Honor or Memory

Commemorating a special person with a gift to Gonzaga University can be tremendously satisfying. It is a lasting tribute to a loved one, friend, or colleague, and it provides valuable support to GU.

A gift "in honor of" someone is usually made while that person is living, often for celebratory occasions such as Christmas, graduation, promotion, birth of a child or grandchild, or retirement. A gift "in memory of" someone is the term used when the namesake is deceased.

You may designate the placement of your gift and choose a program important to you or the gift's namesake. If you need help selecting a program, a member of our development staff would be happy to help with suggestions.

You may even want to create a fund in someone's name. It may be a one-time fund, or one you and others can contribute to continually. Sometimes these funds are endowed. This means that your gift is invested and only the income will be used. An endowed fund usually requires a substantial gift to generate sufficient income. For specific information on endowments, contact Heidi Wohl at (509) 313-6395 or

How to make a gift "in honor of" or "in memory of"