make a gift that has lasting impact.

Endowments, more than any other means of private philanthropy, have the potential of benefiting so many for generations.


Endowments are vitally important to Auburn University because they provide permanent, self-sustaining sources of funding that create stability, flexibility, and opportunity for years to come. Because they are invested and only the generated interest income is used to support Auburn, endowments grow and provide funding for their designated purpose in perpetuity. They are an effective way to establish a lasting legacy to benefit Auburn beyond your lifetime.

Endowments comprise one-third of the total goal for Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University. A solid endowment base is crucial to the growth and success of Auburn University, and this type of investment secures future funding for the education of our students, the academic excellence of our faculty, and the strength of our programs.


Endowments are created with a minimum philanthropic investment of $25,000 — either as an outright gift paid over time or through a bequest from your estate. Once established, an endowment is held permanently and is managed and invested by the Auburn University Foundation. Its principal continues to grow and produce income in perpetuity for a designated purpose.

Professionals from Auburn’s Office of Development will work with you to establish guidelines and qualification requirements for your endowment, as well as the types of initiatives to which the funds can be applied. In addition, this funding provides the opportunity for an endowment to bear your name or to honor or memorialize someone of your choosing.

Your investment creates opportunities to leave a legacy and to invest in areas of auburn you care about the most.

Student Scholarships

Are you committed to helping Auburn prepare students for a lifetime of learning and success?

Philanthropic support for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships enables Auburn to attract exceptional and deserving students and provide them with the finest academic experience, unburdened by the financial stress of funding the entire cost of their education.

Student support can cover expenses associated with tuition, housing, study abroad experiences, conference opportunities, and other approved academic-related expenses. From partial scholarships to graduate fellowships, we offer a variety of options to direct your gift toward the area in which you have the greatest interest.


Do you want to invest in those who teach our students and prepare the next generation of leaders?

Faculty support in the form of endowed professorships and chairs enables Auburn to attract and retain the most outstanding faculty members. From the classroom to the laboratory, exceptional faculty members are the foundation of our academic and research excellence.

Endowments in this area, which include professorships, distinguished professorships, eminent scholars, and presidential chairs, as well as center or institute directorships and deanships, can fund all or a portion of a faculty member’s salary, benefits, or other expenses related to his or her position. These endowed positions are differentiated by their minimum endowment funding levels and purpose.


Do you wish to support Auburn’s commitment to provide critical resources to its students, faculty, and programs?

Funds for excellence are an important form of endowment that create a reliable funding stream to support a variety of initiatives. These endowments can provide broad-based support for a college or unit’s general needs, flexible funding for a particular focus area, or funding for narrowly defined purposes, such as research in a given department or awards recognizing students and faculty for exceptional achievements.

In addition, endowments can provide a perpetual source of funds to create, enhance, or significantly expand the operation of a specific center or institute. At certain giving levels, and upon approval by the Auburn University Board of Trustees, new endowments can provide donors with the opportunity to name a center or institute for themselves or someone of their choosing.


Continuing a tradition of excellence

As a noted author and the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University, Leah Rawls Atkins knows Auburn has reached great heights because of the dedication of talented faculty members, as well as students who commit themselves to achieving their best. Atkins also believes that endowment funding helps the university become an even greater institution for future generations.

For that reason, she created the Dr. Leah Rawls Atkins Endowed Fund for Excellence to benefit the Auburn University Libraries. This endowment enriches and supports the libraries’ collection in the subject area of history, allowing the libraries to provide distinguished books, periodicals, journals, and online databases to Auburn’s students and faculty members.

“Today, with more endowments to support excellence everywhere in the university, we have the opportunity to leave a legacy and enable Auburn to soar to new heights.” — Leah Rawls Atkins ’58


Investing in exceptional faculty members

Allen and Martha Reed believe in the value of a quality education and the critical role faculty members play in the development of students. Both graduates of Auburn, Allen earned a degree in aviation management in 1970 and Martha, a 1969 graduate, holds a bachelor’s in business administration. Their commitment to Auburn’s faculty can be seen through their support of endowed professorships in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the College of Human Sciences, and the Harbert College of Business.

These professorships enable the colleges to maintain the caliber of their current faculty members and successfully recruit additional superior faculty by enhancing salaries and providing operational support for research costs, laboratory equipment, and graduate students.

“Endowed professorships are an effective means of attracting and retaining top faculty members
to Auburn both now and in the future.” — W. Allen Reed ’70

Gifts to establish endowments provide a meaningful way to make a profound and lasting impact and offer you the assurance that your investment will benefit the university for years to come.

Contact Us

To learn more about the steps to create an endowment, please call the University and Regional Development office at at 334.844.2100, email us at, or contact any of our staff members listed below.
Wes Wiliams Wes Williams , Ph.D.
Development Manager
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