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Cornerstone Society


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Make a gift today to become a Cornerstone Society member!

Make A Gift

Members of the Cornerstone Society are distinctive, loyal donors who provide transformational financial support that is vital to the success and enduring legacy of Mount St. Mary's.

Alumni, parents, employees, and friends who contribute an annual total gift of $1,000 or more are offered membership to the Mount's most exclusive giving society. As philanthropic leaders, your sustained giving paves the way for current and future students to have an extraordinary Mount experience.

Your Giving Makes a Difference

Your gifts provide students with access to the hallmarks of a Mount education—preparing them to think critically and engage wholeheartedly with the challenges facing an ever-changing world. Your generosity fosters a new generation of students to live significantly in mind, body, and spirit.

Member Benefits

Thank you for giving to the Mount. As a token of our appreciation for your commitment, here are some of the benefits you are entitled to receive:

  • Invitation to the Inaugural Cornerstone Society Reception

  • Pre-event access for signature events

  • Access to the Cornerstone Quarterly—a newsletter that updates the society on privileged current events and campus happenings

  • A discount for the Mount bookstore and National Shrine Grotto store

  • Members are the first to receive invitations for on campus events and lectures

  • Early RSVP access to invitation only events

  • Access to a campus concierge to serve as your point of contact for the university

  • A chance to be featured on Mount St. Mary's University's podcasts relating to leadership, culture building, Catholicism, literature, and more

  • Member spotlight on the Mount's website

  • Access to the Annual Report

Your Giving Funds Service and Excellence Through:

  • Life-changing scholarships and merit awards for students.

  • Strengthened academic programs.

  • Enriched internships and career training.

  • Study abroad and cultural opportunities.

  • Innovative course curriculum development.

  • Sustained athletic prominence.

  • Rigorous student-faculty research and collaboration.

  • Enhanced fine arts performances, lecture series, and educational symposiums.

  • Recruitment of top-notch faculty.

  • Advancements in classroom technology, design, and delivery.

  • Foundational training in Catholic intellectual and social teachings.

  • Reinforced Student Life clubs, organizations, and intramurals.


How do I become a Cornerstone Society member?

Cornerstone Society membership is extended to those who give an annual total gift of $1,000 or more. The initial inaugural year is from July 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023. Thereafter, a Cornerstone Society membership is extended to those who give an annual total gift of $1,000 or more during the fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. Visit our Online Gift Form to make your gift today.

Why should I become a Cornerstone Society member?

Cornerstone Society members become partners in a shared vision for the university. Your giving makes a difference by supporting student success. If you enjoyed your own Mount experience or just want to give back and build a strong future for all Mount students, you should become a Cornerstone Society member.

How can I make my gift?

Visit our Online Gift Form to make your gift with a credit card. You can mail a check (pay to the order of Mount St. Mary's University) to Mount St. Mary's University, Office of Alumni Engagement, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. You can also make a gift through a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Will my spouse be a member?

Yes, your spouse will be a member.

Will my employer's matching gift count toward membership?

Yes, your employer's matching gift counts toward your Cornerstone Society membership. Please visit the Matching Gifts Policy to see if your employer will match your charitable contribution.

Where will my gift go?

Your gifts to the Annual Fund reach the most students with the most need. In alignment with the Mount's strategic stewardship, your generosity extends directly to student scholarships, academic programming, student-faculty research, upgrades and enhancements to athletic facilities, classroom technology and innovation, student-led clubs and organizations, and so much more.

How long will I have my membership?

After the initial inaugural year from July 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023, Cornerstone Society memberships can be renewed annually. Our fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30.

Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?

Yes, our giving form allows you to make a gift in honor or memory of someone. Visit our Online Gift Form and beside "Your Gift Will Benefit," select "Other Area of Choice" and complete the "Other Designation" field.

Can I talk to someone about becoming a Cornerstone Society member?

We would love to talk to you about becoming a Cornerstone Society member. Please call our Alumni Engagement Officer, Charlotte Powers, C'15, MBA'19, at 301-447-5362 or email her at to learn more.