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“Without the University of Richmond and its community of outstanding/supportive people, I would not have had the opportunities I have had in my professional life.  As time has passed, this experience has inspired me to give back and I am convinced that if other alumni knew about the planned giving options available, more alums would consider participating and leaving their legacy.”                       

                                                                                                                           Michael H. Copley, B’78

Making a Planned Gift

If you would like to receive a printed or e-mail gift illustration please call Rhonda McIlwain at (804) 287-1864 or e-mail,

If you have any questions about the various types of gift vehicles, please call or email our gift planning office and we will be happy to assist you; all inquiries will be kept confidential.


The most common form of deferred gift to Richmond is a bequest contained in a person's will or revocable (living) trust. A charitable bequest is a provision in your will that names the University of Richmond as the recipient of part of your estate. This may be a specific bequest, a percentage bequest, or a residuary bequest. Read sample language and more information.