Annual Report 2020/21
Annual Philanthropy Report Facts
Another Successful Year in Fundraising
$232 Million in Cash, Pledges and Planned Gifts
Each year, thousands of alumni and friends support Michigan State University by contributing their time, talents and treasure to a wide range of academic, athletic and cultural programs. We are thankful for our supporters who continue to set records in giving to MSU.
Types of Gifts
Endowed Funds: $72 Million
Expendable Funds: $123 Million
Facilities Funds: $37 Million
Private gifts are a powerful investment in MSU’s future. Wherever gifts are directed, the generosity of our donors makes a difference in the success of extraordinary students, empowers faculty to be leaders in their fields and provides the flexibility to direct funding where it is needed most.
Outright Gifts and Pledges: $175 Million
Gifts In-Kind: $8 Million
Planned Gifts: $48 Million
Gifts of all sizes strengthen MSU. In turn, giving helps our donors to reach charitable objectives and meet personal financial goals. From supporting the MSU Formula Racing Team to creating new scholarships to funding innovative research, private gifts inspire Spartans today and endure for generations to come.
Spartans Who Give
5,559 MSU Faculty, Staff and Retiree Donors
What sets MSU donors apart is not so much what they do, but why they do it. They support current and future Spartans because they know all Spartans are part of something essential, something larger than themselves. Spartans boldly live their values, push the boundaries of discovery and help each other realize their potential; all while working together to enrich lives everywhere.
Private gifts to MSU come from many sources. Below is a graphic summary of MSU’s 2021 fiscal year in philanthropy. The charts reveal what it takes financially for MSU to compete and also show how important philanthropic gifts are to the overall operation of the university.
This page is not an audited financial statement. Download MSU’s Annual Financial Report 2020 – 2021.
Note: For fiscal year 2021, -$1,601 for other post employment benefits expense was reported.
Sources: MSU Annual Financial Report 2020–2021; and Voluntary Support of Education Survey by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
The Common Investment Fund (CIF) is Michigan State’s investment portfolio into which endowed funds established at the university are invested. This pools nearly all of MSU’s endowment funds so they can be managed much like a mutual fund. Donors’ gifts “buy” shares (or “units” as they are called at MSU) in the CIF. As the market value of the CIF increases (or decreases), the value of the individual CIF shares increases (or decreases)—and so the value of each specific endowed fund goes up or down.
MSU’s long-term investment performance continues to perform on par with peer institutions’ returns for the 10-year period ended June 30, 2021. As of June 30, MSU’s investments showed a return of 10% for the 10-year period.
Check the performance of MSU’s Common Investment Fund.
Annual Giving Annual Report
Each year, annual gifts go to work immediately to provide opportunities for students. Annual gifts provide direct financial support for students, for research that leads to discoveries to make our world better and for learning opportunities that go far beyond the confines of a classroom.
Read this year’s Annual Giving Annual Report.
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