Priorities | Show the World

Gustavus ranks among the best liberal arts colleges in the country. But the College’s endowment does not match those of its peers, nor does the endowment provide the resource base needed to sustain Gustavus’ top-class academic programs and student scholarships. We have been accomplishing great things with limited resources. Think what Gusties can do with the resources they need.

Your gift to the endowment supports the College in perpetuity. With a principal of at least $50,000, an endowment fund generates annual income for the College to use for teaching and learning, student and faculty research, scholarships, and other programming. The advancement team works with you to determine how your vision for an endowment fund matches Gustavus’ current needs and plans for the future.

As part of the Show the World campaign, we are seeking new endowment funds in the following areas:

Endowed Professorships
Strong faculty are the hallmark of a Gustavus education. Teaching is their life’s calling, and they are dedicated to student learning, academic scholarship, and institutional service. Distinguished Endowed Chairs (established with a minimum gift of $3,000,000), Endowed Professorships ($1,000,000), and Endowed Chairs ($2,000,000) ensure that Gustavus’ best teachers and researchers will spend their careers at the College and attract outstanding scholars from other schools.
Student/Faculty Research Fellowships
For students in various fields, collaborative research with a faculty member is valuable preparation for graduate study or the start of their professional careers. An endowed fellowship, established with a gift of $200,000, provides funds to support a student researcher and faculty mentor. Fellowships can be established for students in a particular academic department or for cross-disciplinary research.
Named Academic Endowments & Named Legacy Endowments
Named academic endowments, drawing from a principal of $100,000 to $500,000, direct budget-relieving dollars to designated academic divisions and departments. These endowed funds spur innovation and sustain valuable programs. Legacy endowments, created with establishing gifts of $50,000 to $100,000, can ensure the long-term financial stability of smaller programs or initiatives.
Engaged Learning Endowments
Established by a gift of at least $100,000, engaged learning endowments provide support for mentoring, internships, and other student-centered programming that help Gusties transition from the Hill to their next stage in life.