Creating an endowment at Idaho State University is a sound investment in a better future. With an endowed gift, you provide permanent support for the University. Your gift is invested — never spent — and each year a distribution is made to your chosen program or area. Investment earnings above the dividend rate help the endowment value grow over time, to keep pace with inflation and maintain your endowment’s spending power.

There are many endowment opportunities and funding levels available at the University. Choosing what your endowed gift will support is simply a matter of selecting a program that matches your interests. From professorships to campus life, from undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to the Deans’ Excellence Fund, your legacy can take almost any form.

How does it work?

You may take up to three years to fund an endowment and, once it is officially established, you or anyone else may continue to add to its principal at any time. Moreover, by selecting the title of your endowment, you can forever link your name, or that of a family member, friend, or organization, to scholarly excellence at the University. A financial report will be provided to you annually and you will also have opportunities to meet the beneficiaries of your investment.

What can I fund?

Various types of endowments are listed below, but endowments can cover other purposes that may fall outside of these general categories:

  • Student scholarships and fellowships enable ISU to attract and retain the best undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Your assistance allows students to concentrate on their coursework while also participating more fully in extracurricular programs that will enhance their personal development.
  • Program endowments support excellence in specific or general programs throughout campus. You can choose to support the area in which you earned your degree or another program that interests you.
  • Campus life endowments support student needs like technology upgrades, housing, activities, and other opportunities that improve the quality of the Bengal experience.
  • Chairs and professorships are awarded to deans, department chairs and outstanding faculty. These endowments are crucial to the University’s efforts to recruit and retain highly qualified professors, researchers and administrators.

When you establish an endowment fund, you are creating a permanent legacy of support for Idaho State University.

Need more information?

Contact a development officer in your college or area of choice to learn about establishing an endowment that aligns with your philanthropic interests.