Endowments

We are grateful for your generous support, and we take seriously our responsibilities to you. LSU Foundation assets are private funds that can be used only for the benefit of LSU and in accordance with donor intent. The tenets of the Donor Bill of Rights guide our relationships with donors.

What is an Endowed Gift?

The purpose of an endowment is to provide a source of perpetual funding. Endowed gifts to the LSU Foundation fund scholarships, professorships, chairs and other programs and initiatives that are meaningful to our donors and LSU. When a donor establishes an endowment fund, that gift is invested in an LSU Foundation endowed pool to provide perpetual funding for the purpose chosen by the donor. Each year, a portion of the total return from the endowed gift can be expended as per the purpose(s) established by the donor. Currently, this portion is 4 percent of the total return, a spending rate that is comparable to those of our peer institutions.

Endowment Investing

The LSU Foundation manages endowed assets for LSU and other LSU support organizations. The Board of Regents Support Fund Combined Portfolio is composed of endowed gifts matched through the Regents’ matching programs for chairs, professorships and scholarships, as well as of the related matching funds received from the state. The General Endowed Portfolio is composed of all other endowed gifts, including scholarships. The market value of the LSU Foundation’s endowed assets was $415 million as of June 30, 2016.

Endowment investing is a long-term proposition, and market fluctuations are expected. On July 1, 2016, the LSU Foundation moved to an outsourced chief investment officer with Cambridge Associates, specifically for endowed investment assets. The OCIO model is a growing trend among university foundations, and Cambridge Associates is one of the largest, most well-respected endowment consulting firms, with a network of 200+ college and university clients.

For information on endowments and other giving opportunities, contact:

Ann Marie Marmande, CFRE
Senior Vice President of Principal Gifts
LSU Foundation
3796 Nicholson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 578-5953
(800) 452-7928
amarmande@lsufoundation.org

For Law Center naming and/or endowments, contact:

Dr. Karen Soniat
Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Suite 400 Law Center
1 East Campus Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1000
(225) 578-8645
karen.soniat@law.lsu.edu  

Endowed Chair
LSU: $2,000,000 minimum ($1.2 million donor gift; $800,000 state match)
LSU AgCenter: $1,000,000 minimum ($600,000 donor gift; $400,000 state match)
LSU Law Center: $1,000,000 minimum ($600,000 donor gift; $400,000 state match)

Matching funds are available through the interest earnings from a trust fund dedicated to the Board of Regents in the Louisiana State Constitution.

This is one of the most prestigious endowments at any college or campus. An endowed chair provides perpetual support for outstanding faculty members and is named by the donor who funds it. A portion of the total return generated by the endowment fund for a chair is typically spent to supplement the chair holder's salary, as well as provide additional income for such special purposes as purchasing publications that complement the chair's work, hiring graduate and post-doctoral students to assist in research projects, and buying research equipment that could not otherwise be made available.
Endowed Professorship

LSU: $300,000 minimum ($240,000 donor gift; $60,000 state match)
LSU AgCenter: $100,000 minimum ($80,000 donor gift; $20,000 state match)
LSU Law Center: $100,000 minimum ($80,000 donor gift; $20,000 state match)

Matching funds are available through the interest earnings from a trust fund dedicated to the Board of Regents in the Louisiana State Constitution.

An endowed professorship provides perpetual support for outstanding faculty members. Each professorship is named by the donor who funds it. An endowed professorship provides resources to recognize a professor's academic achievement and enables him or her to pursue research and/or innovative teaching methods.

Endowed Lectureship
$200,000 minimum
This endowment provides funds in perpetuity to offset expenses incurred in bringing distinguished lecturers in a particular field to LSU to speak to students and faculty and the community.
Research Endowment
$200,000 minimum
These funds will be named after the donor and will be used to support research in particular academic areas and on topics of research specified by the donor, agreed upon by the respective academic dean and the university provost.
Endowed Graduate Fellowships
$200,000 minimum
The quality of current and future research at Louisiana State University is shaped not only by its faculty, but also by the graduate students who pursue original research, scholarship, and artistic creativity as part of their education. Endowed Graduate Fellowships will provide stipends to help attract top quality graduate students to study at LSU. These stipends may be awarded in addition to other assistantships and scholarships the student may have been awarded. LSU hopes to attract the most qualified and most highly-recommended students for graduate degree programs at the university through these fellowships.
Endowed Scholarship
LSU: $40,000 minimum 
LSU AgCenter: $20,000 minimum 
LSU Law Center: $20,000 minimum; $40,000 gift with $30,000 match if funds are available; $30,000 gift with $20,000 match if funds are available

A donor may create an endowed scholarship fund that is named for the donor or in honor or memory of someone. An endowed scholarship fund may be restricted in accordance with the donor's preferences regarding the student's academic major, academic qualifications, financial need, residence, or other criteria. Restrictions may not be made that benefit only a specific individual, that apply only to a relative of the donor, or that would cause illegal discrimination.
Endowed Awards
$20,000 minimum
An endowed award that may be used for the recognition of outstanding performance within an academic or administrative department.
Special Purpose Endowments
$20,000 minimum
These endowments can be used in whatever manner and for whatever purpose is needed by LSU at that time, as determined by the administration of LSU. These endowments are extremely valuable in that they allow LSU the flexibility to address pressing needs as they arise. These endowments are created for a program, school, or unit that has a specified use other than awards, scholarships, fellowships or faculty professorships and chairs, and may be housed in academic areas or established to serve a university-wide need, such as libraries, residential life, student life, or the student union.
Superior Graduate Student Scholarships
$100,000 minimum 
($60,000 donor gift; $40,000 state match)

Matching funds are available through the interest earnings from a trust fund dedicated to the Board of Regents in the Louisiana State Constitution.

Superior graduate student scholarships support graduate and first-professional students, as well as post-doctoral fellows. Funds can provide scholarships, fellowships and/or experiential opportunities, including internships, externships, conference travel and field work. 
Named Library Fund Endowment
$100,000 minimum
These funds will be named after the donor and monitored by the Dean of Libraries at LSU. These funds will be used to purchase or maintain books, professional journals or electronic resources in a particular area to be designated by the donor in consultation with the library administration. These funds are valuable in that they supplement the limited budget supplied to public institutions through state appropriations for library materials. Other endowment opportunities exist in the libraries.
General Library Fund Endowment
$300,000 goal
An endowment established for the discretionary use of the LSU Libraries to acquire information resources in the areas of greatest need. Donors may contribute any amount to this fund.
LSU Foundation Endowments

For donors that do not wish to create individualized named endowments, contributions can be made to support one of three scholarship endowments in the LSU Foundation.

LSU Foundation Merit Scholarship Endowment
This endowment provides scholarship stipends to students based on academic merit. Merit may include, but is not limited to, such things as high school academic grades and rankings, SAT and/or ACT scores and current GPA. In many cases, an award from this fund could complete or "top off" a scholarship package for an outstanding student that may include TOPS. Beyond the broad definition of "merit," the LSU Foundation and donors do not set specific award criteria, and the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships selects student recipients based on a competitive award process. A donor may direct a gift to the corpus of the endowment to help build the endowment and there is no gift minimum for a contribution to this fund.

LSU Foundation Opportunity Scholarship Endowment
This endowment provides scholarship stipends to students based on financial need. As a whole, costs to attend Louisiana State University are low compared to many peer institutions. Even so, academically qualified students often lack the financial resources to attend college. The Office of Student Aid & Scholarships will select student recipients based on an established formula that determines need. A donor may direct a gift to the corpus of the endowment to help build the endowment and there is no gift minimum for a contribution to this fund.

LSU Foundation Strategic Scholarship Endowment
This endowment provides scholarship stipends to students that may be targeted in a "strategic" area for the university. For example, the university may have a low enrollment area they want to build. Or there may be a new curriculum or program that could use a boost. Scholarships can be targeted to students in these areas. Other strategic areas may include first generation college students, diversity, out-of-state students, and leadership. As the needs and opportunities of the university change, this endowment will provide the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships the flexibility to respond to these changes and help the university address strategic goals. A donor may direct a gift to the corpus of the endowment to help build the endowment and there is no gift minimum for a contribution to this fund.