The 1946 Circle

Leaders Today, Leaders Tomorrow

Thunderbird has always been known for innovative ideas and daring approaches, but our global alumni community is what makes this beloved institution truly transformational.

Named for the year Thunderbird was founded, the 1946 Circle is our community of committed donors who give $1,000-$10,000+ annually. Its members will help provide sustained, long-term support for Thunderbird’s current and future leadership to invest in our school’s core priorities.

Join the 1946 Circle and enter into a circle of fellow T-birds who share your dedication and passion for Thunderbird. Explore the benefits and join us in shaping the life-changing transformative educational experiences for students today. Together, we will advance inclusive and sustainable peace and prosperity worldwide.

Learn more or join today!


Make a difference through philanthropy by joining the 1946 Circle. Donors are welcomed into the Circle when they reach a single, or cumulative, contribution of $1,000 or more to the School in a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), with three distinct recognition categories:

  • $10,000+ | Chairman Level
  • $5,000 – $9,999 | Executive level
  • $1,000 – $4,999 | Director Level


When you join the 1946 Circle, you gain access to the following benefits:
  • Get connected | Enjoy special communications and opportunities to engage, connect, and network with other 1946 Circle members.
  • Network together | Members are invited to campus, virtual and regional events, and special events.
  • Experience GHQ | Receive a private, guided tour of the F. Francis and Dionne Najafi Thunderbird Global Headquarters. During your tour, you will also experience Thunderbird’s innovative AR/VR technology and be treated to a complimentary welcome drink at the Pub at Thunderbird.
  • Be recognized | Your name will be listed on a digital donor wall featured in the Haas Digital Global Forum and on T-bird Connect.
  • Show your pride | Receive an exclusive 1946 lapel pin when you join!
The 1946 Circle graphic featuring the original Thunderbird


If you have any questions about the 1946 Circle or want to know your current donation level, please contact our dedicated member address,