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Endowment

Investment Opportunities for Endowment: Academics & Mission

There are many ways to support and enhance the academic and missional programs of the university through endowment investments. The menu below outlines some options for those investments. The specific terms of each endowment created at PLU are subject to mutual agreement between the university and the donor.

Endowed Schools

A named endowment fund to provide substantial continuing operational funding for a particular School of Pacific Lutheran University. The minimum amount required to endow a named School is $10 million.

Endowed Academic Department or Program

A named endowment fund to provide substantial continuing operational funding for an academic department, division or program of the university. The minimum amount required to establish this endowment is $5 million.

Named Chair in an Academic Department or Discipline

An endowment gift of $2 million would permanently support a faculty position and advance the body of knowledge in a particular field of study.

Significant salary support and reduction in teaching load to enable sustained research and enhanced scholarly and public programming

  • Generous travel support toward ongoing scholarship and research.
  • Significant enhancement of library resources
  • Up to three student/faculty research fellowships that support students to undertake research under faculty guidance
  • Ongoing coordination of public programming including lectures, symposia, or conferences
  • A regular PLU sponsored conference in the specified area.

Named Professorship or Visiting Scholar in an Academic Department Area

An endowment gift of $1 million would support a permanent faculty position or bring a visiting scholar to campus for up to one academic year to advance the body of knowledge in a particular field of study.

  • Salary support and reduction in teaching load to enable sustained research and enhanced scholarly and public programming
  • Research and travel support toward ongoing scholarship
  • Enhanced library resources
  • One student/faculty research fellowship for a student project under faculty guidance
  • Ongoing coordination of public programming, including lectures or symposia

Endowed Technology Fund

A named endowment fund to provide annual income restricted to the expansion and upgrading of PLU's instructional technology. The minimum amount required to endow a named technology fund is $500,000.

Named Research Fund(s) in an Academic Discipline

An endowment gift of $500,000 would be used to further research in a particular field or discipline.

  • Faculty research and travel support toward ongoing scholarship
  • One student/faculty research fellowship for a student to pursue research under faculty guidance
  • Modest reduction in teaching load to support ongoing scholarly projects.

An endowment gift of $250,000 would make possible:

  • Modest reduction in teaching load to coordinate public programming such as lectures and symposia
  • Somewhat enhanced library resources
  • Modest research and travel support toward ongoing scholarship

A named endowment gift of $100,000 would make possible:

  • Occasional public programming such as a lecture, symposium, or conference
  • Modest research and travel support toward ongoing scholarship
  • Occasional student/faculty research opportunity

A Named endowment gift of $50,000 would make possible for a faculty member one of the following:

  • Coordinating a joint student-faculty research project.
  • Research support.
  • Writing a professional book or article.

Endowed Lecture/Performance Series

A named endowment fund to support the annual costs of bringing to the PLU campus one or more distinguished lecturers or artists as a means of enriching the university's academic program and/or extending educational opportunities to the greater Tacoma community. The minimum amount required to endow a named lecture or performance series is $500,000.

Endowed Presidential Discretionary Fund

A named endowment fund to provide annual income for projects identified by the President that will support the planning, entrepreneurial, and/or management efforts of the university. The minimum amount required to endow a named presidential discretionary fund is $500,000.

Endowed Lectureship Single Lecture

A named endowment fund to provide a stipend and cover related expenses of bringing to the campus a distinguished scholar, artist or civic leader for a single lecture. The minimum amount required to endow a lectureship is $100,000.

Bryan Hopkins, PLU MBA Student, working at Intel

Students – graduate and undergraduate – work with the best in global management This past April in Entrepreneur magazine, PLU's School of Business was named as one of the best 15 graduate schools in The Princeton Review's second annual Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools. "It's an honor to be the only MBA program in the Northwest to be recognized, and especially gratifying that the PLU MBA program is listed among the top 15 programs in two of the six categories (General Management and Global Management)," said Jim Brock, dean of PLU's School of Business. The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools profiled in its book, "Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition."

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