Honorary and Memorial Gifts

The Honorary and Memorial Gift programs are wonderful ways for you to honor friends or loved ones with a gift to the University of Pittsburgh. 

Honorary Gifts

Honorary gifts allow you to acknowledge a friend or family member’s birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special occasion or accomplishment.  

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts are a meaningful way to mark the passing of a loved one.

If you are in search of suggested wording for an obituary which invites friends and family to contribute to Pitt in memory of the deceased, a sample is included below:

Memorial contributions to the “University of Pittsburgh <Include fund name, if available>” can be made online at www.giveto.pitt.edu. The online gift form allows you to indicate who your gift will honor or memorialize.


In addition to the letter of thanks we send to donors, we are also happy to send notifications when a donor has made a gift in honor or remembrance of friends and loved ones.

Named Funds

The University offers the creation of named funds, which is an especially significant and lasting way to honor a parent, friend, or esteemed teacher. Named funds can be created as a family legacy, to express perpetual support for an academic or University program, or to reflect a personal value or influence. They provide a way to honor or memorialize whomever, or whatever, is inspirational to you.

To learn more, contact Danni Piccolo, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Schools and Centers Individual Giving, by sending an e-mail to Danni.Piccolo@pitt.edu or by calling 412-624-2915.

Make an honorary or memorial gift ONLINE

Make an honorary or memorial gift BY MAIL


For More Information

If you have any questions concerning the Honorary & Memorial Program, please contact Cindy Gralewski by sending an e-mail to gcynthia@pitt.edu or by calling 412-624-8242.