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Annual Report 2019/20

Annual Philanthropy Report Facts

Gift Summary

Private gifts to MSU come from many sources. Below is a graphic summary of MSU’s 2020 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. 
Sources: MSU Annual Financial Report 2019–2020; and Voluntary Support of Education Survey by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Chart: Income
Chart: Expenses

Chart: Where gifts came from
Chart: Where gifts went

Chart: Cash receipts
Chart: Total commitments

*This is not an audited financial statement. Download the Annual Financial Report 2019 - 2020 from the MSU Office of the Controller.

Fiscal Stewardship

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, 2020. MSU’s CIF performed at 5.1 percent during the past fiscal year.

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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