Through a planned gift to Villanova University or the Charles Widger School of Law, individuals can create a legacy for themselves or their family, or in honor of a loved one.

Planned gifts can be directed to support a specific program or used to establish endowed funds that will provide perpetual support to Villanova Law for a designated purpose. Through bequests, life-income gifts and the transfer of assets, alumni and friends of the Law School ensure that we have the financial resources to meet our current goals and the ability to support them over time. Planned gifts can also be a way for individuals to protect or increase their wealth, or transfer their assets to family members while reducing their tax burden.

1842 Heritage Society

The 1842 Heritage Society is composed of alumni, parents and friends who support the University through estate giftslife-income gifts or the transfer of assets. 

As a member of the 1842 Heritage Society you will receive special benefits, including recognition in Villanova University publications, invitations to special events, personal communications from the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, and a distinctive membership pin to identify your generosity to others.

For more information about supporting Villanova in your will or estate plan, please contact the Gift and Estate Planning Office

To learn more about gift and estate planning, visit the Villanova University Gift Giving website.


Stephen D. Ford '73

“My experiences at Villanova Law School—especially with Deans Reuschlein and O’Brien, the faculty, and my classmates—impressed upon me that hard work would pay dividends. As a recipient of financial support as a law student, it was only fitting that I give back in a way that enables others to pursue their dreams.”

Stephen D. Ford ’73
Benefactor, Stephen D. '73 & Mary C. Ford Scholarship
Member, 1842 Heritage Society



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