Planned Giving

1870 Society

In the Company of Visionaries

The 1870 Society recognizes alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and other friends who have named the University as a beneficiary of a planned gift. From Buchtel College founder John R. Buchtel in 1870 to present-day philanthropists, individuals with foresight and generosity have played a key role in sustaining and enriching The University of Akron's future.

Today, the influences of many completed bequests, trusts, and other planned gifts are reflected throughout the University. The impact is evident in buildings that are home to programs of distinction, research leading to new discoveries, and tangible enhancements for all to see. There are also endowed funds and scholarships that provide financial support to deserving students, fund fellowships or lectureships, and expand important programs. In all instances, planned gifts make lasting contributions to the collegiate experience, enabling students rise to heights unforeseen.

Legacy gifts are part of a deeply rooted tradition at UA. Those who establish a planned gift of any size play a key role in securing the University's future and are recognized as members of the 1870 Society. Planned gift donors have remembered UA through a bequest in a will or trust, beneficiary designation of a retirement plan, life insurance policy or life income arrangement. Members receive invitations to special events and University updates.

By notifying the Center for Gift and Estate Planning of your gift commitment, you will be included among the donors recognized by the 1870 Society. We are deeply grateful for these gifts.

If you are considering a planned gift, please contact us. We are happy to assist you and/or your professional advisor.

If you have already included The University of Akron in your estate plans, please complete the downloadable non-binding statement of intent. We would like to thank you, invite you to join the 1870 Society, and ensure your intent is understood and honored once your gift is ultimately received.

Planned Gift Statement of Intent