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Create an Endowment

Create an Endowment

Leave a legacy! Of all the forms of private giving to higher education, endowments offer the most influential investment in the lives of future graduate students.

In an endowment fund, the principal is invested in perpetuity with a portion of the investment’s earnings spent according to the donor’s wishes. The remainder of the earnings return to the endowment to provide a growing, long-term source of funding. Endowments may be either restricted or unrestricted.

An endowment can be created through an outright gift, through a bequest in a will, or through a life income gift such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust. To minimize administrative costs, the minimum amount required to establish a permanent endowment account is $25,000. Lesser amounts are sometimes accepted.

What might a memorial or tribute fund? The Graduate College is the engine for a growing number of activities, including:

More funding is crucial for sustaining and expanding our initiatives. You can help. For more information, contact the Graduate College’s Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Programs and Development, Benn Williams, who is a fellow GC alumnus.