Give to the UW

Endowments

What is your passion?

Whatever project, cause or cohort inspires you to give, the odds are that the University of Washington has a giving opportunity to match it. Better yet, by endowing your gift you can make an impact that will be felt year after year, generation after generation.

In short, an endowed gift:

  • Ensures regular funding levels for University departments, programs and operations
  • Helps stem rises in tuition by providing needed financial aid
  • Gives the University flexibility and freedom to embark on new disciplines while offering prestige and recognition to benefactors and beneficiaries
  • Provides donors an opportunity to create a lasting legacy and support the UW in perpetuity

How does it work?

Endowed gifts are invested, with the generated income used to fund the program you chose. This means that the principal gift is never touched, but continues to grow over time and generate a steady, reliable source of income in perpetuity.

For this reason, many donors donors choose to name endowments: to honor a family member, an influential professor, or mentor; preserve the name of their family foundation; or create a personal legacy. An individual’s lifespan is limited, but institutions like the UW endure for generations. Endowments help to ensure that adequate provision is made for the students, faculty and facilities of today and tomorrow.

Fund management

Endowment gifts are invested in the University’s Consolidated Endowment Fund, which combines assets for investment purposes. Each named endowment retains its own purpose and account (budget number), by which the UW tracks growth in principal and distributions.

Endowment opportunities

University minimums Foster/Engineering

Program support

Program support $25,000 $25,000
Undergraduate student support $25,000 $25,000
Graduate student support $50,000 $50,000
Faculty support $50,000 $50,000
Research acceleration $100,000 $100,000

Student support

Undergraduate scholarship $100,000 $100,000
Distinguished undergraduate scholarship $250,000 $250,000
Graduate fellowship $100,000 $250,000
Professional student scholarship $100,000 N/A
Distinguished graduate fellowship $250,000 $500,000
Distinguished professional student scholarship $250,000 N/A

Faculty support

Faculty fellowship $100,000 $250,000
Professorship $500,000 $1,000,000
Chair $2,000,000 $3,000,000
Deanship Market Price Market Price

Questions?

Send an email
1-877-UW-GIFTS
UW Office of Donor Services: Endowments
4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Box 359504
Seattle, WA 98195-9504