An endowment is a sizable fund of money that the university invests to produce interest income. While the endowment’s principal remains untouched, the annual returns fund an array of campuswide activities and programs, including distinguished chairs and professorships and student scholarships. An endowment allows your gift to make a difference every year and to grow over time.
Endowments provide stability to scholarship programs because the principal gift is retained to produce income on an annual basis, in perpetuity, while a portion of the annual investment return is used for a scholarship award. The rest of the investment yield is returned to the principal and, over time, the fund grows.
Scholarship endowments may be established for university-wide scholarship support or restricted to a college or program to reflect an interest in a specific area.
A minimum gift of $25,000 is required to establish scholarship endowment. Donors wishing to give a full scholarship will establish endowments of $250,000 or more. It is acceptable to establish an endowment and fund it over a period of time or to fund it all at once.
Endowed Chairs & Professorships
An endowed chair or professorship is an exceptional honor, bestowing upon a faculty member respect and recognition as well as additional research and teaching resources. As such, these endowments are an important tool for recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty.
Donors may establish and name a professorship or chair at UH or contribute to an existing chair or professorship. Professorships can be endowed for a minimum gift of $500,000 and chairs for a minimum of $1 million.