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The White Rose Legacy Circle

The White Rose Legacy Circle is a recognition society to honour alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and friends who have remembered York University in their wills or through other forms of planned gifts. The Circle was officially launched on June 20, 2012 with the induction of its founding members. Our second annual event was held on September 28, 2013.

What kinds of gifts are eligible?

Deferred gifts, particularly bequests, including cash and securities, real estate, annuities, charitable remainder trusts, life insurance proceeds, RRIF’S, RSP’S and pensions, gifts-in-kind (art, book collections, etc.).

How do I let York know that I have made a deferred gift?

All gifts should be confirmed in writing, if you wish to be included in The White Rose Legacy Circle. You may, of course, choose to remain anonymous. A Legacy Confirmation Form is available online or from Planned Giving staff in the Division of Advancement.

What are the benefits?

With your permission, your name will be listed in printed donor listings and electronic media and you will receive front-of-the-line privileges for select York events. As well, you will be invited, along with all confirmed planned giving donors, to an annual event for members only.

Why White Rose?

The White Rose was the emblem of the Duke of York, founder of the House of York in the fourteenth century and appears on York’s official shield. At a ceremony in 1961, following the installation of York’s first chancellor, Wilfred Curtis, a symbolic white rose was planted in the Glendon Rose Garden by Lord James of Rusholme, vice-chancellor designate of the University of York in the UK. The White Rose continues today as an enduring, recognizable symbol of York University.

If you would like to know more about the White Rose Legacy Circle or how to make a planned gift to York University, please contact Marisa Barlas, Senior Development Officer, Gift Planning (416) 650-8221 or