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Heritage Society

Eastern Illinois University's Heritage Society recognizes a special group of visionary investors who are making a profound and meaningful impact on future students, faculty, and staff by including EIU in their estate plans. The Heritage Society recognizes alumni and friends of Eastern who make gifts that will benefit Eastern in the future, such as bequests, beneficiary designations on an IRA or insurance policy, gift annuities or charitable trusts.

Reasons to put Eastern into your Estate Plans

  • To give back to an institution that made a difference in your life.
  • To honor the memory of a family member, a classmate, or a professor.
  • To enhance a special program or department.
  • To provide scholarships for future students, the way others provided for you.
  • Leave a Lasting Legacy for generations to come by investing a larger amount than you are able to during your lifetime

Benefits of Membership

  • A commemorative Heritage Society Lapel Pin presented at a ceremony during Legacy Celebration
  • A certificate signed by the Vice President of University Advancement and Assistant Vice President of University Advancement
  • Invitations to special events , including our annual Legacy Celebration in April
  • Special listings in the Eastern Illinois University Honor Roll of Donors and other print and web publications

If you are considering a gift to EIU through your estate plan, please share our Bequest Language with your estate planning attorney. It is important that we know about your intentions. Notifying us gives Eastern the opportunity to honor your bequest, especially if the gift will be used for a specific purpose. In addition, we have the sincere desire to communicate with you and thank you for your intent to create a legacy of your own at Eastern Illinois University.

Once you establish a bequest or other planned gift please complete the Estate Plan Intention Form and submit it to our office so that we may be able to welcome you to the Heritage Society.

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