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Madison Legacy Society



About the Society

The Madison Legacy Society recognizes documented planned gifts bequeathed to WCU or the WCU Foundation. Planned gifts support WCU and its students in perpetuity.

Each year, a native Fraser Magnolia tree will be planted in honor of new Madison Legacy Society donors, as a symbol of this long-lasting impact.

Impact Benefits:


Sustaining native plant species of Western North Carolina


Environmental stewardship of the WCU campus

Fraizer Magnolia


Donor Benefits

  • VIP communication and VIP event invitations
  • Specialized thank you cards and welcome packet
  • Annual lifetime giving societies “planting day” event with impact stories, picnic lunch and ceremonial planting of native Fraser Magnolia tree symbolic of the importance of the long-lasting impact of gifts in perpetuity
  • Invitation to behind-the-scenes tour of the Highlands Biological Station
  • Local, hand-made artisan lapel pin with corresponding native plant design, crafted in precious metal
  • Donor recognition through an on-campus “Native Plants Donor Walk”

Thank you to our photographers who provided the beautiful imagery of our native flowers: Chuck Pippin and Ed Kelley

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