On Thursday, June 8, Mount Saint Vincent University hosted the formal launch of the 1873 Society, a legacy-giving club for donors, alumni and friends who support MSVU and its students. The event was held to celebrate MSVU donors and thank those who have pledged to generously support the university through their long-term estate plans.

The 1873 Society

Named after the year of the Mount’s founding by the Sisters of Charity–Halifax, the 1873 Society was created to recognize those who have notified the University of their intention to include MSVU in their estate planning. The 1873 Society includes individuals who have made a financial commitment to MSVU that extends beyond their lifetime, sharing a vision of supporting students and shaping the university’s future.

While the 1873 Society was created almost 12 years ago, the recent launch event was the first formal gathering of the group. The event brought together current members, donors, and alumni interested in learning more about the society. Members and other attendees shared stories, forged connections, and inspired others to consider their own legacy contributions to the university.

Guests were also treated to inspiring speeches on the impact of philanthropy at MSVU. MSVU’s President Dr.  Joël Dickinson, provided an update and thanked donors. A presentation titled “Planting A Seed, Growing a Community,” was given by Jillian Ruhl, a faculty member in Applied Human Nutrition (AHN), and Chelsey Purdy, a Master of Science (AHN) candidate. They shared information on MSVU’s community and Indigenous gardens. Additionally, Dr. Rosemarie Sampson, an alumna, member of MSVU’s Board of Governors, and a former faculty member, Advancement staff member, and Dean of Professional Studies, shared her personal legacy donor story.

A 150th anniversary connection

The formal launch of the society this year is especially significant as it coincides with MSVU’s 150th anniversary celebrations. This year not only marks a century and a half of academic excellence at MSVU, but it also highlights the continued role the university and its donors play in providing access to education and making a positive impact – together shaping the next generation of future leaders, educators, and trailblazers.

Creating a legacy

By remembering MSVU with a future or current gift such as a gift in Will, life insurance, retirement funds, or publicly traded securities, members of the 1873 Society enable MSVU to plan for the future, ensuring that the institution can continue to provide exceptional education and support to all students for years to come.

Joining the 1873 Society does not involve dues or obligations of any kind, and no minimum level of giving is required. To learn more or to let MSVU know that the university is part of your legacy, call 902-457-6270 or email anne.thibodeau@msvu.ca.