Why Your Gift Is Important to Notre Dame


Reverend Jenkins Inaugural Address“With respect and gratitude for all who embraced Notre Dame’s mission in earlier times, let us rise up and embrace the mission for our time: to build a Notre Dame that is bigger and better than ever
—a great Catholic university for the 21st century, one of the preeminent research insti-
tutions in the world, a center for learning whose intellectual and religious traditions converge to make it a healing, unifying, enlightening force for a world deeply in need. This is our goal. Let no one ever again say that we dreamed too small.”

From the inaugural address of Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame


The Importance of Planned Gifts to Notre Dame

From the beginning, planned gifts have had a tremendous impact on Notre Dame. It was essentially a “planned gift” of more than 500 acres of land from Father Stephen Badin which led to the historic founding of the University of Notre Dame by Father Edward Sorin in the year 1842.

Father Badin had a vision for his property, and Father Sorin had a vision for his University. Through faith, dedication, determination, and hard work (as well as the generous support of friends, neighbors, benefactors, and eventually tens of thousands of alumni), what the two priests envisioned became reality. Father Sorin’s dream that Notre Dame become “one of the most powerful means for doing good in this country” indeed came true—but only with the loyal support of true friends and benefactors.

Throughout its history, the University has continued to benefit from planned gifts such as bequests, real estate, life income including charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities, and privately held business interests. Today there are many options for planned gifts available to you, designed to both meet your personal needs and help establish or strengthen your legacy to Our Lady’s University.

When you make a planned gift to Notre Dame, you will have the reassurance that your gift will be invested prudently by a wonderful team of investment professionals led by Scott Malpass, one of the most respected institutional investors in America. You will also know that your planned gift will provide you with the peace of mind and personal satisfaction that your generosity will impact countless students and faculty in a meaningful way, far, far into the future.

Planned gifts have had numerous impacts on campus. The single largest scholarship on campus was funded with a bequest. Buildings like the Eck Hall of Law, the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center all resulted from planned gifts. Planned gifts help repair equipment, keep the grounds beautiful, and help renovate buildings from dormitories to the Hesburgh Library. Indeed, just as the historic impact of Father Badin’s planned gift continues to this day, the impact of your own planned gift will last in perpetuity and will impact generations of students.