A legacy to inspire tomorrow’s leaders

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

uOttawa President Jacques Frémont speaks with two women.

Since 2009, some 260 donors have committed to contributing $22 million in planned giving to support the academic dreams of future students. Moreover, uOttawa has received the equivalent of $8.2 million in bequests from alumni, professors, support staff members and friends of the University.

By leaving a substantial legacy to future generations, these donors are providing tomorrow’s leaders with top-quality educational opportunities, and supporting new knowledge and research initiatives that will improve individual lives and communities for years to come.

A group of people sitting or standing in a conference hall.

The Development Office celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Planned Giving program in the company of President Jacques Frémont and Vice-President, External Relations Louis de Melo. Several members of the Heritage Circle, who have made bequest arrangements to donate to the University, were also on hand to mark this anniversary.

The University has set a goal of $40 million in bequest pledges as part of Defy the Conventional: the Campaign for uOttawa. The planned giving team plays a major role in support of this goal by assisting each donor in implementing and documenting a legacy giving plan so that the donated funds are spent exactly as the donor intended.

Every donation benefits members of the student population –students such as Laura McDonell, who is enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine. She is a recipient of the Audrey J. Boyce MD/PhD Fellowship, which was created through a bequest.

“Someday, I hope to transmit my keen interest in genetics and molecular pathology to my patients, my students and my peers, so this fellowship will have a multiplier effect,” McDonell said. “Not only will Audrey Boyce’s name be remembered through this fellowship, but her generosity will also be remembered by all the recipients of this award.”

Are you thinking of giving? The Planned Giving team can help you learn more about the various ways to give, and assist you in finding the best method of meeting your philanthropic goals.

For more information, contact the Planned Giving team or visit the Planned Giving website.

Laura McDonnell in a laboratory.

“Dedicated people like Audrey Boyce motivate students to work even harder and channel their efforts to fulfill the donor’s legacy.” — Laura McDonell, student enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine.


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