Planned Giving

Why I Give to York

Barbara Crow (BA '84, MA '86, PhD '94) and Michael Longford (BFA '88)

10% increase in estate gift commitments

When Barbara Crow (BA '84, MA '86, PhD '94) and Michael Longford (BFA '88) were students at York, the couple never imagined they would one day return as faculty members. She was immersed in social justice issues and political activities. He was interested in sculpture and visual arts.

"York is a place for experimentation," Longford says. "We can come and try new things, experiment with new ideas, rethink old ways of doing things and look for ways to positively impact the world around us."

Today, Crow is dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Longford an associate professor in the Digital Media Program. In honour of their time at York then and now, the husband-wife duo — longtime supporters of scholarships and bursaries at York — has made a bequest to the University in their will and named their alma mater the beneficiary of their life insurance policy.

"We hope our gift will help future students and faculties realize a wide range of activities." —Barbara Crow & Michael Longford

Barbara Crow & Michael Longford

Barbara Crow & Michael Longford

"We hope our gift will help future students and faculties realize a wide range of activities that will augment and enhance the intellectual environment on campus," says Crow and Longford, who have structured their gift so units may determine how to best use the funds. "The funds could be used to support external speakers, travel for research, or to organize special events and exhibitions — do things that might fall outside the realm of what's part of the regular curriculum."

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