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Heritage Society

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Decades before the UCM Alumni Foundation was even a thought, alumni and friends shared their financial resources to help advance the University of Central Missouri. It all started when the campus’ original 16 acres were donated by a local citizen in 1871. Today, the generosity of our community allows the university to deliver high-quality, affordable higher education by creating new scholarships, increasing faculty support, funding cutting-edge facilities and supporting innovative programs.

The Heritage Society recognizes those donors who are honoring the University of Central Missouri in their final wishes. Membership belongs to people who provide required documentation to the UCM Alumni Foundation of a planned gift, including:

  • provision in their will or revocable trust,
  • life income gift (charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust),
  • retirement plan,
  • life insurance policy beneficiary designation, or
  • life estate gift (remainder interest in real property)

We would be happy to connect with you one on one to discuss your philanthropic goals through planned giving. For instance, we can assist you with a customized proposal that looks at which planned gift best meets your philanthropic and financial goals. Contact the UCM Alumni Foundation at 660-543-8000 or to set up a confidential meeting with one of our Directors of Development. 

Recognition and Benefits

Heritage Society members receive the following:

  • Heritage Society lapel pin
  • Heritage Society writing pen set
  • State of the University annual update
  • Invitation to donor recognition events throughout the year

How we recognize you is your choice, whether you prefer publicity, invitations to events or wish to remain anonymous.

Bequest Language

If you are planning to designate UCM in your will, our official bequest language is:

I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation, Federal Tax ID #43-1181566, [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose. 

Do you still have questions?

The UCM Alumni Foundation is proud to offer advanced resources related to planned giving on our Gift Legacy website. If you still have questions and wish to learn more about planned giving options we encourage you to contact us to set up a one on one meeting or to visit the Gift Legacy site.


Heritage Society Member Spotlight

Storyteller Meryl Lin McKean, '80, shares her own story in the Spring 2023 edition of the UCM Magazine. 

Read the UCM Magazine

Meryl Lin McKean


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