Honouring a generous community of supporters
Gifts have played a fundamental role in the University of Adelaide's development from its early beginnings nearly 140 years ago.
With an endowment of £20,000 in 1872, Sir Walter Watson Hughes helped establish the University of Adelaide and his legacy is recognised today by the Hughes Bequest Society which was founded in 2008.
The Society acknowledges the generosity of friends and alumni who remember the University in their will by recognising their gift of education while they are still alive.
Managed by University Engagement, the Society shows its appreciation of bequestors in many ways, including invitations to exclusive events, presentations, group tours, gold passes to Elder Hall lunchtime concerts and an annual lunch with the Vice-Chancellor.
Sue Fox, Planned Giving Officer at the University of Adelaide, says the Hughes Bequest Society is an important way of acknowledging donors during their own lifetime.
"The Hughes Bequest Society not only says 'thank you' for bequestors' support, but also highlights the vital impact that their generosity has on the University," says Ms Fox.
"While donors may have planned their gift now, the University will not receive or sometimes even be aware of their generosity until some time in the future. Knowing about these gifts gives us the opportunity to say thank you now."
Peter Routley, Chairman of the Hughes Bequest Society Committee, graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 and a Diploma in Primary Education in 1960.
Continuing the proud tradition of giving, Mr Routley is following generations of people who have left the University gifts and legacies in their will.
He sees lifetime recognition as essential in making the best use of people who have made a commitment to the University.
"The Society is important to the University not only in recognising bequestors, but it is also a body of 'devotees' ready to spread the word about bequests," says Mr Routley.
"There is a collegiality developing in the Hughes Bequest Society--we are colleagues with a shared interest in giving to an institution which has been a formative part of our own lives."
Through the visionary support of donors such as Mr Routley, the University can continue to fulfil its research and teaching aspirations into the future.
"Remembering the University of Adelaide with a bequest from your estate provides a permanent legacy which will enable the University to address immediate and changing needs," says Ms Fox.
"If you include the University in your will, we encourage you to let us know so that we can express our thanks during your lifetime.
"Your generosity may contribute to groundbreaking research and will help prepare our students to become the educated leaders of tomorrow."
story by Genevieve Sanchez
For more information about the Hughes Bequest Society
contact Sue Fox, Planned Giving Officer:
Phone +61 8 8313 3234
Above: Peter Routley and Sue Fox
Photo by Chris Tonkin