Creating an Endowed Fund

Alumni, parents and friends of the University who make endowment gifts help to ensure that the institution, or a particular program or activity, will exist in perpetuity. Many of these donors have associated their names with gifts to the endowment and receive recognition inside and outside the University community for their gifts.

Behind each endowment gift is a personal motivation—to repay a debt of gratitude for the donor’s own education, to honor a loved one, or to make a positive impact on society.

An endowment can be created through an outright gift of cash; appreciated properties such as securities or real estate; a realized estate provision; a charitable trust or other life income plan; retirement plan assets; or an insurance policy. Gifts can be pledged over a number of years.