Society of 1865

Since its founding in 1865, the University of Kentucky has relied on private gifts to supplement state and federal support and achieve its reputation for educational excellence.

Today, private support is equally vital to the University. One of the easiest ways for you to make a gift to UK is through a bequest. A bequest is a provision in your will naming the University of Kentucky as recipient of a portion of your estate. Bequests may be designated for the unrestricted use of the University or for a specific college, department, or program. A bequest can be an excellent way to support the University’s programs while enjoying substantial tax advantages.

By including the University in your estate or other financial plans, you are eligible for membership in the UK Society of 1865. An intended gift of any amount will qualify you for membership as long as the gift is in the form of:

  • A bequest in your will or testamentary trust to the University of Kentucky.
  • A life income agreement, such as a charitable trust or gift annuity.
  • Designating the University of Kentucky as a beneficiary of an IRA or other retirement plan, or
  • A life estate in a residence or farm with the University of Kentucky as the ultimate recipient.

As a member of the UK Society of 1865, your name will be listed on the Society honor roll, and you will receive a complimentary subscription to special UK publications.

The University of Kentucky will honor your preferences regarding the details of your bequest. All information that you share with the University will be held in the utmost confidence.

For further information, please contact:
Ford Stanley, ’91, Senior Director of Estate and Gift Planning, Executive Director of University of Kentucky Real Estate Foundation
(859) 257–7886