Hamline University’s Heritage Society was chartered in the fall of 1992 to recognize and thank individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the future of Hamline University through an estate provision or planned gift. There are currently more than 415 living members of Hamline’s Heritage Society.

Members often comment that they receive satisfaction from knowing that they can continue to support Hamline after their lifetime. In many cases, a donor may be able to make a larger impact through an estate gift than they would be able to make during his/her lifetime.


Direct support to the area of your choice

Heritage Society members can provide future support for an area at Hamline that is meaningful to them. Examples include starting an endowment to a scholarship, program or professorship; providing support for facilities; or an unrestricted gift that would support the greatest needs of the university. Donors can also honor a family legacy or favorite professor through a gift in their honor or memory.


Types of gifts that qualify for Heritage Society membership

Many different gift arrangements qualify for Heritage Society membership. Examples of the most common estate and planned gifts include:
  • Bequests 
  • Life insurance designations
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable remainder trusts 
  • Gifts of real estate


Benefits of Membership

The greatest benefit of joining the Heritage Society may be the satisfaction of knowing that your philanthropy will help provide a high-quality education for future generations of Hamline students. Other tangible benefits include:
  • Invitations to special events such as the annual President’s Circle Dinner
  • Specially-designed Heritage Society membership pin and certificate
  • Potential income and estate tax benefits


Join the Heritage Society

To join the Heritage Society, or to receive more information about the Heritage Society and/or estate gifts, please contact the Development Office at (651) 523-2811 or plannedgiving@hamline.edu.