Legacy gifts are the foundation on which Wellesley College was built. From the legacy gifts of Henry and Pauline Durant to today’s planned gifts, these commitments provide critical support for the College.

Legacy gifts are powerful because they can allow you to meet your financial goals, and those of your family, all while helping secure Wellesley’s future. We can help you explore the best way to make your gift, and perhaps find a solution that will allow you to do much more than you thought was possible.

Legacy gifts include:

  • A bequest in your will or trust.
  • A life income gift (e.g., charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust) that provides income to you and/or another beneficiary and names Wellesley as a remainder beneficiary.
  • A gift naming the College a beneficiary of your insurance policy, donor advised fund, retirement plan or other account.
  • A gift of a life insurance policy naming Wellesley as beneficiary.
  • Certain other planned gifts.


How Your Gift Helps


Your gift to Wellesley College helps us provide an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world by ensuring that we have the resources to:

  • Remain deeply committed to gender equality as foundational to societal progress well into future generations.
  • Value the equal dignity of every member of the community and our sustained connection to one another, to our campus, and to our mission.
  • Advance our mission by working together as a community—faculty, students, staff, and alumnae—guided by deeply held shared values.