- While annual giving provides current support, endowment serves as the university's long-term "savings account.”
- It provides a steady level of income and protects academic and co-curricular programs from periodic budget uncertainties.
- Gifts to endowment provide a long-term impact because the principal, or actual gift, is never spent – only the investment earnings from the gift are used.
- Mason’s endowment is relatively low, compared to our peers: at $56 million, it ranked 562nd among American colleges and universities.
- In contrast:
- U-Va., with a $4.8 billion endowment, ranks 19th nationally.
- the College of William & Mary, with $644 million, ranks 115th.
- James Madison University, with $59 million, ranks 530th.
- Why does this make a difference? It means Mason is more dependent on the uncertainties of state funding and tuition income when planning our yearly budget.
- Earnings from endowment fund such priorities as scholarships, fellowships, academic seminars, curriculum development, chairs, professorships, visiting lecturers and research initiatives.
- Endowments may be restricted or unrestricted, depending on the donor’s intent, and can provide many named giving opportunities.
You Make A Better Mason
Your support is essential in building a strong future for George Mason University. While gifts to all areas of the university are needed and welcomed, there are a few areas where you as a donor can make a significant and immediate impact:
- Scholarship support for Mason students
- Faculty and staff excellence
- Maintaining and creating outstanding facilities
When you click below, you can designate your gift to the area that is most meaningful to you. Thank you for Supporting Mason!