Endowed gifts make a lasting impact on our students and faculty for generations to come while strengthening the university’s financial base for the future.

Endowments provide enduring support for an area of value to you and leave a lasting legacy.  A strong endowment helps attract the best and brightest students and faculty to this flagship campus, increase transformative research initiatives and affect real change in the Commonwealth and beyond.  Browse a partial directory of existing Endowed Funds along with stories of why some choose to establish endowments.

The UMass Rising campaign also affords the university the opportunity to recognize donor generosity with specific naming opportunities (examples shown below).  In addition, numerous opportunities exist for honoring a donor or other individual or entity in laboratories, classrooms, and buildings.  Please contact a Development Officer for additional information and guidance on establishing an endowment.

Naming Opportunity Minimum Endowment
Named Deanship or Chair $2,500,000*
Named Professorship $1,500,000*
Named Visiting Professorship $1,000,000
Named Assistant Professorship $1,000,000
Full Scholarship $500,000
Graduate Student Research Fellowship $250,000*
Faculty Research Fund $250,000
Library Book Fund $250,000
Sustaining Scholarship $150,000
Student Research Fellowship $100,000
Study Abroad Award $100,000
Lectureship or Symposium $100,000
Contributing Scholarship $27,500
Memorial/Honorary Fund $27,500
Special Purpose Fund $27,500
Library General Support Fund $27,500

*University matching funds may be available for naming opportunities at these levels, doubling the value of your gift.