Alumni Giving

As an alumna or alumnus of the University of Miami School of Communication, you know firsthand how the SoC prepared you for your career. From first-rate faculty to fantastic facilities in a supportive learning environment, we continue working to produce alumni that are distinguished professionals and leaders — people like you. As a distinguished graduate, we invite you to join with other alumni to support this vital mission.

Your philanthropic support of the School of Communication as a member of the James W. McLamore Society or the Royal Palm Society will promote the academic growth and life-changing experiences that shape SoC students for years to come. Philanthropic support from alumni sends a strong message of support and belief in the mission of the School of Communication.

James W. McLamore Society

The James W. McLamore Society recognizes annual leadership gifts of $1,000 or more to the University of Miami. Originally called the President’s Circle when it was founded in 1994, the McLamore Society was renamed in 2013 to honor the legacy of the former UM Board of Trustees chair and South Florida businessman whose name is synonymous with philanthropy and service.

James W. McLamore, the co-founder of Burger King, was dedicated to promoting education in the community. His impact at the University as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1990 and chair of a historic $517.5 million fundraising campaign from 1984 to 1989 is immeasurable. His leadership and tradition of generous support, which spanned nearly 30 years, played an important role in shaping the University of Miami of today. Members of the McLamore Society are an esteemed group of civic and community leaders who are shaping the University of tomorrow. Gifts to the School of Communication support an array of initiatives in the School, including student scholarships, faculty support, technology equipment, student internships, and travel. You can choose to support the School of Communication overall, the department you graduated from, or other specific funds such as the Technology Fund or the Internship Scholarship Fund.

James W. McLamore Society Giving Levels

Benefactors$10,000 to $24,999
Partners$5,000 to $9,999
Friends$2,500 to $4,999
Associates$1,000 to $2,499

All James W. McLamore Society members receive an annual thank-you gift and invitations to exclusive receptions and events throughout the year. In addition, members that support the School of Communication have networking opportunities with the dean of the School of Communication, department chairs and faculty, as well as other alumni and parents.

Royal Palm Society

The main entrance to the University’s Coral Gables campus is lined with a regal fleet of royal palm trees—a hallmark entrance that welcomes the world to a place where life-changing experiences happen every day. The Royal Palm Society welcomes the individuals who make these experiences possible into a distinguished circle of supporters who collectively change the landscape through annual giving. Donors of the Royal Palm Society are the foundation upon which the University of Miami continues to grow.

Royal Palm Society Giving Levels

Partners$500 to $999
Friends$250 to $499
Associates$100 to $249

All Royal Palm Society Members receive an annual thank-you gift and recognition in select University publications.

Contact Us

For more information on supporting the School of Communication at the James W. McLamore Society or the Royal Palm Society levels, please contact Brian Weinblatt, senior director of development, at or 305.284.9780.