Honorary or Memorial Fund Opportunities

General Information

Any gift amount in memory or in honor can be made to an already-established fund at the University. Make a gift in memory or in honor of someone online ›

For more information on making an honorary or memorial gift, please contact the office of Gift Management at givegift@nd.edu or 574-631-5150.

Obituary Language

Example wording for an obituary, which can be customized to one’s preference:

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Notre Dame. Please direct your gift to (existing fund) in memory of (loved one’s name). Gifts may be made online at giving.nd.edu, by phone at 574-631-5150, or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.


Personalized gift funds are created to make contributions in honor or in memory of someone special to you. You can create a fund in their memory, or contribute to one that's already been set up. To create an endowed fund, the gift minimum is $100,000. This gift can be directed to different areas across campus.

Donor will direct the gift by choosing an allocation:
A memorial gift is a meaningful way to remember someone and have a lasting impact on the University. When making your memorial gift, please specify for whom and for what you are making your gift, and your gift will be directed to the appropriate gift fund.

Donor will make a general gift with no allocation:
Should you wish to provide a memorial gift without a specific allocation, the University will direct your gift in a manner that celebrates the memory of the loved one who has passed after consultation with the individual's family.


Bi-monthly updates will be sent to the family and will include the names of donors who made a memorial gift. After 90 days, we will send the family a comprehensive letter. If funds have not been designated, we will consult with the family to allocate funds. Should the family have additional needs, please contact Gift Management by email at givegift@nd.edu or by phone at 574-631-5150.