Recognizing Your Gift

The success of Queen’s is highly dependent on the generosity of our donors. With their help, we work toward our mission to achieve excellence in research and scholarship and to create a transformative learning experience for our students.

In order to recognize the contributions Queen's University receives from its supporters, the University has created both annual and lifetime Appreciation Societies.

Grant Hall Society

Donors are welcomed into the Grant Hall Society based on their total annual gifts received during the fiscal year (beginning May 1, ending April 30).

Society and Gift Level

Society Level Gift Level
Limestone Level $1,000 to $4,999
Sapphire Level $5,000 to $9,999
Diamond Level $10,000 or more

Grant Hall Society members, along with those belonging to the Lifetime Circles of Distinction and the Royal Legacy Society, are invited back to campus annually for a celebration with fellow donors and the Principal. Regional donor events are also held in some areas.

Queen's Benefactors Wall

On permanent display in Joseph S. Stauffer Library, the Queen's University Benefactors Wall celebrates in a public and permanent way our most generous lifetime benefactors - individuals, estates and companies - whose cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more have been recorded as received by the University.

The wall is updated annually every autumn. We invite you to stop by on your next visit to campus.

Queen's Benefactors Wall

Lifetime Circles of Distinction 

The Circles of Distinction of Queen's University were created in May 2002 to acknowledge supporters with lifetime cumulative gifts totalling $100,000 or more. Each year, eligible contributors are welcomed into the Circles of Distinction based on the total of their lifetime contributions.

Lifetime Appreciation Society and Gift Level

Lifetime Appreciate Society Gift Level
Gaels Lifetime Circle $100,000 to $499,999
1841 Circle $500,000 to $999,999
Tricolour Circle $1 million to $4,999,999
Kingston Circle $5 million to $9,999,999
Ceilidh Circle $10 million to $19,999,999
Founders Circle $20 million or more

Royal Legacy Society

The Royal Legacy Society recognizes those alumni and friends who have thoughtfully remembered the University through a bequest or another future gift commitment. If you have already remembered Queen’s with a future gift, please contact our Gift Planning Team so that we can appropriately honour your intention. Royal Legacy donors are recognized on our donor wall in the 1923 Reading Room in Douglas Library.

By informing us of your wishes:

  • We will help to ensure that your gift can be accepted by the university and used as you have intended.
  • We can advise you on any special considerations or issues related to your gift plan that may need to be addressed so that your gift is eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
  • Most importantly, joining the Royal Legacy Society allows us to thank you and celebrate your generous gift plans for Queen’s.

As a member of the Royal Legacy Society, you are recognized for making a gift that will reach beyond your lifetime. As a thank you, you will receive: 

  • A certificate of appreciation signed by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
  • Invitations to special campus and regional events
  • Financial planning newsletters and publications
  • Recognition as a benefactor in Queen’s publications and on displays, with your permission 

If you have already made plans to remember Queen's with a future gift, please let us know by either contacting the Gift Planning Team directly by email or 1-800-267-7837.

You may also choose to download and complete the Royal Legacy Society form (PDF, 1.3MB) and mail it to our Gift Planning Team at the address below. 

Gift Planning
Queen’s University
Old Medical Building
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

For information on how you can make a planned gift to Queen’s, please contact our Gift Planning Office.

Royal Legacy Society Events

Enjoy Royal Legacy Society virtual events in our Media Hub. You'll find exclusive access to Queen's Researchers, faculty, and learn about ongoing initiatives.

Watch the first Royal Legacy Society Tea Talk

Donor Bill of Rights

Queen's University upholds the Donor Bill of Rights and pledges that donors will:

  • Be informed of Queen's mission, of the way Queen's intends to use donated resources, and of Queen's capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes

  • Be informed of the identity of those serving on Queen's governing board, and expect the board to exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities

  • Have access to Queen's most recent financial statements

  • Be assured your gifts will be used by Queen's for the purposes for which they were given

  • Receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition from Queen's

  • Be assured that information about your donations to Queen's is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law

  • Be assured that Queen's relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to you will be professional in nature

  • Be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of Queen's or hired solicitors

  • Have the opportunity to delete your name from mailing lists that Queen's may intend to share

  • Be able to ask questions when making a donation to Queen's and receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers

Philanthropy is based upon voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in [our] organization, we declare that all donors have these rights.

Condensed from "A Donor Bill of Rights" as prepared by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) et al.