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1846 Legacy Society

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1846 Legacy Society

Formerly the John Adams Savage Society 

The 1846 Legacy Society recognizes and honors donors who have created personal legacies through an estate provision or planned gift to Carroll. The Society pays homage to Eleazar Root, Carroll University’s founder, and Carroll’s first president, John Adams Savage. This group celebrates the spirit of exploration and discovery that began in 1846 when Carroll became Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher learning. Their dynamic leadership and successful fundraising laid the groundwork for the thriving university Carroll is today. The 1846 Legacy Society gratefully acknowledges the benefactors who carry on that heritage and pioneering spirit.

Members receive multiple benefits: 

  • A special memento 
  • Invitations to exclusive Carroll events 
  • An opportunity to share personal experiences and inspire others 
  • Recognition in an annual honor roll (unless anonymity is requested)
  • Personalized access to campus news and updates from the gift planning team  

All members of the Carroll family who join between now and June 30, 2024 will be considered inaugural members!  

Join the 1846 Legacy Society

Anyone can join the 1846 Legacy Society. It is easy to do, does not have to alter your current lifestyle, and can be modified to address your changing needs. The most straightforward way to become a member of the 1846 Legacy Society is to name Carroll a beneficiary of your retirement account or in your will or trust. Membership is extended to individuals who make one or more of the following commitments to Carroll:

There is no minimum gift amount required for membership in the 1846 Legacy Society. To join, please contact Katie Cyrus, Assistant Director of Gift Planning, at or 262.951.3014

Share Information About Your Planned Gift

We realize that many people who plan to support Carroll University through their estate and/or financial plans prefer to keep their intentions private. However, by letting us know of your plans, we can thank you during your life, and confirm that we are able to fulfill your stated intentions. Please know that completing this form is non-binding - we understand that you may change your plans at any time. Please also know that all information you share with us is kept strictly confidential. 

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