The Granite Society is UNH’s leadership gift association established to recognize our most loyal and generous donors.
Like you, these individuals understand that an annual investment in UNH is an investment in transforming lives of our students and our faculty but these leadership gifts have an enhanced ability to make the UNH experience extraordinary.
The Granite Society exists to help grow our culture of philanthropy, create lifelong connectedness from matriculation on and to recognize and thank the university’s leadership donors who demonstrate their belief in UNH through their gift.
All alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to join The Granite Society annually by participating at one of the following levels:
An invitation into the Granite Society for recent alumni
$100 - First five years after graduation
$500 - Sixth through tenth years after graduation
The Benjamin Thompson Society recognizes the foresight and generosity of those alumni and friends who have planned support for the University through wills, trusts, life income funds, and life insurance gifts. Membership information is available from the UNH Foundation, and all information is kept confidential. Members receive a certificate and a sterling silver lapel pin.
Cumulative gifts of $5,000,000 or more
Anna Lester Philbrook ’28 was a pioneer in the field of psychiatry (particularly in the area of the treatment of children) and community health. She was long active in the Philbrook Children’s Foundation, founded in her honor to finance therapy for children. She served as a university alumni trustee from 1949 to 1959, and was recognized for her dedication to her field and the children of the Granite State with an honorary degree of laws. She was honored in 1971 when Philbrook Dining Hall was dedicated to her, paying tribute to her impact on the university, the state and the field of psychiatry.
Cumulative gifts of $1,000,000 or more
Douglas and Helena McElwain Milne were generous benefactors of the university throughout their lives. They are perhaps best known for their gifts in support of Dimond Library's special collections which maintains approximately 18,000 linear feet of rare books, manuscripts, University records, photographs, sound recordings, and other materials.
Cumulative gifts of $500,000 or more
Reginald F. Atkins was a member of the class of 1928, and spent most of his life as a member of the commodities exchange. Upon his death in 1992, Atkins entrusted his estate to the university for scholarships, an endowed chair and athletics facilities.
Cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more
John S. Elliott was a member of the class of 1915, and was founder of the Elliott Rose Company in Madbury, New Hampshire. Elliott honored the university through a lifetime of leadership as a University System trustee, state legislator and benefactor.