Southern Arkansas University Foundation manages endowment funds that support a variety of purposes including scholarships, academic and athletic departmental enrichments, lectureships, and professorships. Created in accordance with the wishes of the donors and the needs of the University, these endowments are permanent, with no invasion of the contributed principal.
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The Southern Arkansas University Foundation Endowment: The Key to Progress.
Endowments create a financial bridge for students in need, enhance academic and athletic offerings, and ensure that programs and facilities are able to meet increased curriculum and technology demands. Individuals, businesses, and civic organizations have established over eight hundred endowments to strengthen the University through the SAU Foundation. These endowments provide a steady stream of income that supports students, faculty, and programs regardless of the ebb and flow of state funding and grants.
As a perennial funding resource for the University, endowments are indispensable to excellence. In fact, the size of an endowment is considered a measure of institutional health because it reflects the value that donors place on the institution. Endowment gifts from alumni and friends ensure SAU’s progress toward the Blue and Gold Vision.
Created in accordance with the wishes of the donors and the needs of the University, endowments present a special opportunity to commemorate one’s own affection for SAU or to honor or memorialize a family member, special teacher, or other individual with a permanent fund that provides a named gift each year. The Foundation works with donors to create opportunities in areas of the donor’s greatest interest, including a specific school, department, or other campus entity.
State appropriations now provide less than thirty percent of the University’s budget, making endowments critical for the pursuit of excellence. We ask you to consider beginning your endowment today. Call the Office of Development at 870-235-4321 and ask for the Endowment Worksheet or call 870-235-4991 to visit with Jeanie Bismark, Executive Director of the Foundation.
- Unnamed endowment gifts go into existing funds to be pooled with other gifts. Unnamed endowment gifts for scholarships, academics, activities, athletics, facilities, student programs or greatest need are pooled together to provide a source of income for the appropriate area each year.
- Named endowment gifts require a minimum pledge of $25,000.00, which may be paid over a period of three years. Named endowments may be created for any of the areas described under annual gifts. Named endowments are often in memory of or in honor of a special person from the donor’s life. If a donor begins a named endowment and finds that circumstances will not allow them to complete the endowment, the funds will be moved into one of the endowment pools.
For more information on how to invest in Southern Arkansas University through Endowment Giving please contact the SAU Foundation at 1-870-235-4078 or by mail at 100 East University, MSC 9174 Magnolia, AR 71753-2181.