Office of Advancement

Supporting Our Future, Creating a Legacy

The PLU Heritage Society honors those individuals and families who have contributed to the future of Pacific Lutheran University by including the university in their estate plans. Begun in 1981 with a handful of individuals, this organization now includes more than 450 families, with documented deferred gifts totaling nearly $100 million.

To become a member of the Heritage Society, simply include Pacific Lutheran University as a beneficiary in your will or trust, or name the university as the whole are partial beneficiary of one of the following: charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity, life insurance, or retirement account.

Heritage Society members receive an invitation to various special events throughout the year, including the yearly Heritage Society Appreciation Event, featuring catered lunch and a matinee student theatre production. In addition, financial and estate planning information is made available on a regular basis.

However, the greatest satisfaction for Heritage Society members is the knowledge that their gift will continue Pacific Lutheran University’s tradition of educating student for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care. Your membership in the Heritage Society will also encourage others to make similar gifts to further the mission of PLU.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Heritage Society, click here.

Harstad Hall drawing

Every Heritage Society member receives a framed etching of Harstad Hall (Old Main) in recognition of their thoughtful support of the university.

For more information about how to become a Heritage Society Member, contact Doug Page or Kaarin Praxel Austin or email giftplanning@plu.edu.