Membership in the Horace Mann Legacy Society reflects Westfield State’s founder’s belief in the value of service. It recognizes those who have remembered the University through bequests, annuities, charitable trusts and other methods of planned giving.
Horace Mann Society membership is entirely voluntary with no minimum gift level, age, dues or obligations.
Its benefits include:
Members of the Davis-Bates Society have demonstrated five or more years of consecutive giving to the University. Reverend Emerson Davis, pastor of Westfield’s First Congregational Church and William Gelson Bates, a Westfield attorney and State Representative led the campaign to move the Normal School at Barre to Westfield, thereby establishing the forerunner of Westfield State.
Davis-Bates Society members receive invitations to “Sweet Success” and other special campus events. Additionally, members will receive regular updates and reports detailing developments on campus and how the philanthropy of our most loyal donors is helping to shape and define the future of the University.