Help the Emeritus Institute Remain Vital and Strong

There are more than 200,000 individuals in south Orange County over the age of 65. Our commitment is to provide tuition-free, lifelong learning opportunities that strengthen and empower our community. Our challenge is to expand programming that will meet the needs of our community's lifelong learners, and we cannot do this alone. This is why we have created special giving opportunities to support the Emeritus Institute's goal of providing academically rigorous, mentally stimulating, socially engaging, and health improving courses which enrich lives.

Contributions of cash, personal property, insurance, or securities are welcome. The Saddleback College Foundation can also establish endowments to ensure the perpetuity of your gift, trusts, bequests or annuities. You can give a gift, increase your income and slice your tax bill - all in one transaction. Please be assured, whatever your contribution, it will be appreciated and graciously accepted.

Your gift is a tax deduction. Saddleback College Foundation Tax ID #33-0390547 


Emeritus Circle Giving Levels:

Join the Emeritus Institute Circle

A special membership giving group was recently created called the Emeritus Institute Circle. Donors can join this leadership level giving group by making annual gifts of at least $1,000 in support of the Emeritus Institute. The Emeritus Institute Circle represents an elite level of giving, allowing the program to expand its reach, purchase classroom instructional items, and to build partnerships with local facilities. 

Legacy Level: $1,000,000+

  • Dorothy Marie Lowry: $2,300,000 (4% annual distribution of interest available to Emeritus Institute)

Dean Level: $5,000+ 

  • Anonymous gift: $5,000 (Founding Member)

Scholar Level: $2,500-$4,999

Friend Level: $1,000-$2,499

  • Martin and Janice Carbone (Founding Members)
  • Patricia Gates (Founding Member)
  • Marcia Milchiker (Founding Member)
  • Shobha Nayak (Founding Member)
  • Dan Predoehl (Founding Member)
  • Robert and Sharon Buaas (Founding Members)

Additional benefits include: 

  • Donor recognition listing in our schedule of classes
  • Invitation to the annual Emeritus Institute Circle luncheon hosted by the Saddleback College Executive Leadership
  • Special memento to recognize your membership in the Emeritus Institute Circle

Direct Donation

We understand everyone's ability to support the Emeritus Institute varies, and we appreciate gifts of all sizes. Your generosity will make a significant difference and can be expressed through the following means:

You can choose to make a donation with a credit card via our secure online giving pages. (link is external)

Credit Card over the Phone:
Saddleback College accepts VISA, MasterCard and American Express. One-time gifts can be made by calling the Foundation at (949)582-4479.

Checks should be made payable to Saddleback College Foundation, memo line: Emeritus Institute, and mailed to:

Saddleback College Foundation
Attention: Emeritus Institute
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692


Planned Giving

  • Your planned gift will help Saddleback College Emeritus Institute carry out our mission for many years ahead
  • Enjoy significant tax savings while providing for a cause that's meaningful to you
  • Among other plans, you can give a future gift through your estate or an immediate gift that returns income

Please call Director of Annual Giving, Ms. Erin McHenry to discuss Planned Giving opportunities to support the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute at 949-582-4479.