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Associates

Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School enjoys a distinguished history of achievements and leadership in early childhood education, human development, and related human services fields. The excellence of our diverse and growing programs is due in large part to the generous support of alumni, families, and friends of Pacific Oaks.

The faculty, teachers, students, and staff of Pacific Oaks appreciate every donor and every gift. Contributions at all levels provide the support for operations, scholarships, program development, faculty research, teacher development, and much more.

Membership in the Associates is conferred upon individuals, couples, families, foundations, and companies that make an investment in Pacific Oaks. Those who donate a cumulative amount of $1,000 or more within one fiscal year (June 1 to May 31) are eligible for an Associates membership. Donations can be made to the College or Children’s School.

We invite you to join the Associates! Download a membership application. 

Giving Societies

The Associates donor group is comprised of four giving societies, each named after an individual or family who influenced Pacific Oaks’ mission and values. Based on the amount given in a fiscal year, our giving societies recognize and celebrate leadership-level giving to Pacific Oaks.

Benefits of Membership

Wells Society: $1,000 – $2,499

Phillip Wells was a doctor and graduate of Stanford Medical School, and his wife, Marguerite, was a nurse. Along with six other Quaker families, the Wells bought Broadoaks School from Whittier College for $33,000 and founded the Pacific Oaks Friends School.

Benefits of joining the Wells Society include:

  • Invitation to annual reception honoring donors
  • Recognition in the Honor Roll of the TCS Education System Annual Report
  • Commemorative gift
  • Subscription to Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School Alumni Newsletter
  • VIP seating at the Evangeline Burgess Memorial Lecture Series event

Nomura Society: $2,500 – $4,999

True to their commitment to peace and social justice, the founders hired Taka Nomura, a Japanese woman who spent two years in an internment camp and worked in its nursery school as a founding faculty member.

In addition to the above, benefits of joining the Nomura Society includes a special commemorative gift.

Morgenroth Society: $5,000 – $9,999

Edwin Morgenroth earned a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and served as the second president of Pacific Oaks College. His wife, Molly, was the first director of the Children’s School.

In addition to the above, benefits of joining the Morgenroth Society include a day at the Huntington Library with a special tour and lunch

Burgess Society: $10,000 and above

Evangeline Burgess joined Pacific Oaks in 1949 to succeed Molly Morgenroth as director of the school. She became president of the College after it opened in 1959, and even hosted graduation ceremonies in her home. She remained president until her death in 1965. Following her death, President Richard Nixon bestowed upon her a posthumous honorary doctorate from Whittier College in 1965. Marianne Wolman established the annual Evangeline Burgess Memorial Lecture Series, which to this day remains a tradition at the College.

In addition to the above, benefits of joining the Burgess Society include:

  • Brainstorming breakfast with president of Pacific Oaks College and Executive Director of Pacific Oaks Children’s School
  • Participation on Pacific Oaks College President’s Advisory Council