UVA Engineering is making its mark as one of the most innovative, forward-thinking engineering schools in the nation. Thornton Society members make an immediate impact through their gifts and help achieve this vision.

The Thornton Society is a community of UVA Engineering’s most loyal and generous supporters. Through unrestricted investments, Thornton Society members empower UVA Engineering to tackle complex technological challenges facing our society. Philanthropic support fuels our work to enrich the undergraduate experience, elevate the graduate program and accelerate discovery.

Please see information on our five recognition levels below, click here to make your gift online or view a list of ways to donate here.

Recognition Levels 

The Thornton Society recognizes loyal supporters who have made annual cumulative unrestricted gifts to the School, as well as unrestricted gifts to UVA Engineering departments.

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View of UVA Engineering walkway next to Olsson Hall

Engineering the Future Challenge

By participating in the Engineering the Future Challenge, you become an exclusive member of the Thornton Society Dean’s Circle, a group of our most loyal and generous supporters. These members are leaders that engage with and provide insight to School leadership to drive our campaign forward and help advance the School’s mission. Through a high-impact annual commitment of $25,000 or more for five years, you empower UVA Engineering with the flexible resources to seize opportunities that benefit humanity through bold research and world-class education.