State and Federal Funds are not enough to support the needs of our students or the operations of this university. Unrestricted financial contributions from private donors to the Annual Fund support the University’s areas of greatest needs and provide the resources to address the University’s present and most pressing concerns. The Fund offers critical funding for need- and merit-based scholarships and for the purchase of resources for the classroom, laboratory and library. Reaching out to the alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the Annual Fund appeal runs from July 1 through June 30.
Unrestricted support play a vital part in the University’s day-to-day operations. However, you may designate your Annual Fund donation to a particular purpose — a program, scholarship, school or department of your choice.
We recognize and celebrate the commitment and dedication of donors who make annual donations of cash, securities, real estate or gifts-in-kind at various levels. Matching gifts may be counted toward a giving level, but they must be received within the same fiscal year. All those who give at the 1910 Circle level or above are considered members of the Shepard Society and invited to an exclusive event during Homecoming.
The seven giving levels range from less than $100 to $10,000 and up.
|Visionary||$10,000 and up|
|Chancellor’s Circle||$5,000 – $9, 999|
|Shepard’s Court||$2,500 – $4,999|
|1910 Circle||$1,000 – $2,499|
|Eagle’s Court||$500 – $999|
|Maroon and Gray Club||$100 – $499|
|Supporter||$1 – $99|
Every gift is valued and important, click here to make a gift.
Many employers will match employee contributions dollar for dollar. Some even double or triple the value of the employee’s gift to the university. Others match gifts made by retirees or spouses. Click here to check whether your employer is a listed matching gift donor. If your company is not represented in our database, please contact your human resources office to learn about the policy.