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James H. Lemon Heritage Society

All planned or deferred gifts created by a donor and communicated to Northwest through the Office of University Advancement entitle the donor to inclusion in the James H. Lemon Heritage Society. There is no minimum level gift required for recognition purposes.

After fighting in the Civil War, James H. Lemon moved to Nodaway County where he established a successful farming operation. Mr. Lemon, also a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, introduced House Bill No. 311 in 1905, known at the time as the "Nodaway County Normal Bill." Working against strong opposition in the House, Lemon is credited with establishing the Fifth District Normal School, as Northwest was originally known. His efforts culminated 30 years of struggle to bring higher education to the region.

Consider the benefits a planned gift can offer:

  • A carefully crafted planned gift can be an important part of a donor's estate plan, reducing estate taxes while benefiting Northwest.
  • Planned giving mechanisms can provide benefits for the donor during his or her lifetime, including tax deductions and income.
  • A planned gift helps ensure that current and future students will continue to receive a quality education at Northwest.
  • Expressing giving plans with Northwest assists in the long-range planning of the University and the departments to be impacted by a planned gift.
  • Allowing Northwest to give a donor public recognition during his or her lifetime sets a wonderful example for others to follow.