The Henry and Emma Rogers Society honors and recognizes alumni and friends who have included Northwestern University in their estate plans. Through charitable bequests, gift annuities, insurance policies, and other forms of planned gifts, members of the Rogers Society have created a lasting legacy for many Northwestern students, faculty, and University programs. Planned gifts create tremendous opportunities for the University and allow Northwestern to transform the lives of future generations.


Northwestern University established the Rogers Society in 1987 in honor and memory of Henry and Emma Rogers. President of Northwestern University from 1890 to 1900, Henry Wade Rogers was a visionary leader who was instrumental in transforming Northwestern from a small cluster of colleges into a major, nationally recognized university. His wife, Emma Winner Rogers, founded the Northwestern University Settlement Association and was a leader in the suffrage movement. Like Henry and Emma Rogers, our planned giving donors possess a vision for the University’s greatness and have chosen to invest in its future.


Members of the Rogers Society receive certain benefits, which include:

  • Invitations to University events, including the annual Rogers Society Luncheon
  • Certificate of membership
  • Commemorative Rogers Society pin
  • Inclusion in the Rogers Society Honor Roll
  • Quarterly newsletter that shares University updates and timely information that will assist you in managing your financial and estate plans
  • The honor of belonging to a distinguished community of Northwestern philanthropists

Membership in the Rogers Society

We are pleased to invite you to join our planned giving recognition society. Membership is extended to individuals who make a commitment of any size to the University by including Northwestern in their estate plans; creating a charitable life-income arrangement to benefit the University, such as a gift annuity or charitable trust; or by naming Northwestern as a beneficiary of retirement assets or life insurance.

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If you are considering any one of the commitments described above, we encourage you to contact the Office of Gift Planning to discuss your ideas with a member of Northwestern’s Gift Planning team.

If you have already included Northwestern in your estate plans, we would be happy to discuss your commitment further. Most importantly, we would appreciate the opportunity to thank you and recognize your generosity. For more information, please contact our team. We look forward to hearing from you!

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