What is the 1848 Society?

Since its founding in 1848, the University of Mississippi has benefited from the foresight and generosity of people who have invested in the future by naming the university as a beneficiary in their wills. As tax laws changed, many other gift plans emerged, and each year these planned gifts have added to the value of the university’s endowment and provided funds for professorships, research, facilities, library books, scholarships, lectureships and many other specific programs to enhance academic and athletic excellence. Those who have made commitments to the university through planned gifts have left significant legacies and have truly become partners of the University of Mississippi.


The 1848 Society was established in 1998, the university’s 150th year. The society recognizes alumni and friends of the university who have either funded or planned a deferred gift, such as a bequest or life income plan.


For more information on the 1848 Society, call the UM Foundation at 800-340-9542 or go to www.umfoundation.com and click on “planning a gift.”