The Heritage Society

Planned Gifts

Augustana established the Heritage Society in 1982 as a way to honor, recognize and thank those who had included Augustana in their estate plans — and to encourage others to do the same. Since then, hundreds of planned gifts have been made to AU.

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." — Nelson Henderson, pioneer

Augustana University’s mission is rooted in tradition, yet adapts and serves future leaders by investing in change, pursuing smart growth and inspiring excellence today and tomorrow.

The chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself can be lived out when you provide a planned legacy gift to Augustana. A legacy gift is a reflection of your values and a statement to future generations about your foresight, gratefulness, imagination and vision. You provide seeds so that others may enjoy the fruits of your gift.

Because of generous gifts from Heritage Society members, the University's endowment has been strengthened to support students, enhance academic and co-curricular programs and support teaching excellence and research. Leaving a legacy gift in your will is like planting a seed. A legacy gift focuses on the future and is open to the possibilities ahead. Through your gifts, you will leave something behind that transcends your own life.