Planned Giving

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There are a variety of planned giving options that you can use to make a long-lasting commitment to Widener.  The most popular is a designation in a will, or leaving Widener as a beneficiary of a retirement plan like a 401(k) or 403(b).  Some donors may also choose to create an annuity that supports themselves or another beneficiary in life, and then transitions to Widener after the last beneficiary passes away.  If you have reached a certain age, you can also make a gift to Widener directly through an IRA.

While all vehicles benefit Widener in some way, each can offer you different benefits to you in terms of size of gift, tax savings, charitable tax deductions and income streams. We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have, but we suggest that you also consult with your attorney and/or other financial advisors when considering a gift in your will or estate plan.

Gifts such as scholarships, special recognition awards, faculty chairs, professorships, and general support are frequently funded by planned gifts. Any of these gifts can be used to benefit Widener.  At your direction, your gift may be used to add to the university’s endowment or unrestricted support of the university.

All planned giving donors are automatically honored as members of the Widener University Legacy Society, which recognizes individuals who have continued their relationship with Widener into the future.

If you have included Widener in your plans, or would like more information about how to leave your legacy with a planned gift, please contact Michael Felici at 610-499-1158 or email