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MSU Endowments

INVEST IN THE FUTURE

While all gifts to Michigan State University contribute to the high quality of education, research, and outreach, endowments are particularly meaningful as they offer a dependable, perpetual source of funding. The investment made in MSU with the creation of an endowment provides the type of support that makes a real difference in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff—by enhancing their education, research, daily work, future inventions, and academic excellence. Endowed gifts enable MSU to offer a truly world-class experience.

LEAVE YOUR LEGACY

Imagine making a contribution that leaves a legacy to Michigan State University for generations to come. This lasting impact can easily be made through the establishment of an endowment. Considered one of the most advantageous sources of funding, endowments enable the university to attract excellent students, support exceptional faculty and expand and develop new programs by providing a steady, consistent and perpetual source of income. This steady stream of funding ensures the university’s needs to recruit and retain the best and brightest students and faculty are met, and provides access to the most contemporary education possible.

HOW ENDOWMENTS WORK

Endowed funds differ from others in that the total amount of the gift is invested. Each year, only a portion of the income earned is spent while the remainder is added to the principal for growth. In this respect, an endowment is a perpetual gift. Following is an example endowment gift.

  1. A Communications Arts and Sciences alumna makes a $50,000 gift to establish a named endowed scholarship in memory of her husband.
  2. A gift agreement is drawn up between MSU and the donor to guarantee that her gift will be added to the MSU Common Investment Fund and used solely for its stated purpose.
  3. The donor’s named scholarship fund buys units in the MSU Common Investment Fund just as an investor buys shares in a mutual fund.
  4. The Board of Trustees’ Investment Advisory Subcommittee invests the donor's gift across major asset classes in the university's portfolio to maximize long-term total return within acceptable levels of risk.
  5. A predetermined portion of the income earned is used to provide a scholarship for one Communication Arts and Sciences student per year per the gift agreement instructions. The fund’s principal remains intact.
  6. The remainder of the income earned is reinvested in the named fund’s principal as a hedge against inflation and to generate growth.
  7. The named fund continues to grow ensuring future scholarship support.

SUPPORT YOUR PASSION, HONOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE

One of the advantages of creating an endowment is the freedom to choose how your investment will support Michigan State University. Once you have chosen an area you would like to support, you should assess the impact you would like your gift to have. Endowments inherently bring about a profound impact because of their longevity. The perpetuity of your gift will help MSU sustain support in the area of your choosing.

Endowments are an excellent way to permanently honor your family, a mentor or a loved one. Once you have created an endowment, your gift becomes part of MSU's heritage and tradition. In fact, loved ones may also choose to support your fund because they know how special it is to you.

Your family and Michigan State University have the opportunity to enjoy a long relationship built around something that you value.