The O’Neil Society comprises forward-thinking alumni, parents and friends who give to Mercyhurst University through estate or financial plans, or other deferred gift arrangements. With a planned gift, you may be able to make a greater impact than you thought was possible during your lifetime.

The O’Neil Society was created in 1990 as a tribute to James and Orva O’Neil, who were major beneficiaries at the University in the 1930’s during the Great Depression and were the first to provide planned gifts to Mercyhurst University. The O’Neil Society today honors those generous alumni, parent and friends who have thoughtfully remembered Mercyhurst University in their estate planning.

How Do I Become a Member?

Inform us that you have made a qualifying gift by contacting us or by filling out the Estate Intention Form. Mail your completed form to:

Mercyhurst University
Division of Advancement
501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546

Qualifying Gifts

  • Bequests (wills or living trusts)
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Life insurance

Gifts may be for any amount and may be designated to any of the University’s many scholarships or support any of our student programs. Conversely, gifts may be designated as unrestricted to help the University address needs that cannot be foreseen today. If you prefer your gift to remain anonymous, it can be denoted as such. However, recognition of your gift can inspire others to give similarly.

Contact the Advancement Team