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What Is Funded with Gifts?

The most important source of gift income for Methodist University is the annual fund. This is the year-in-and-year-out fund of the College that pays the annual costs for operating a quality academic institution. It includes the mundane but necessary, such as lights, heat, and water, as well as the more attractive like scholarship support, guest lectures, and performances. The annual fund represents the center of the Methodist University fund-raising appeal and the backbone of the support from the church, alumni, parents, corporations, foundations and other friends. Without support for the annual fund, Methodist University could not meet the costs associated with a committed faculty, buildings and ground maintenance, student financial aid, and other requirements of an operating budget. So your gifts to the annual fund, regardless of size, have an important role in the mission and purpose of Methodist University.

While the annual fund is the life-blood of the College, the other opportunities for support are similarly compelling for the quality academic initiatives that define Methodist University. The College provides a measure of permanent significance through gifts for endowments and facilities. Gift lectureships, distinguished professorships, endowed scholarships, and other program endowments are available for naming, ranging from a $15,000 library acquisition endowment to $250,000 to name an academic departmental chair.

Some examples of naming and memorial opportunities are listed below:

Chair of an Academic Department $250,000 and above
Professorship or Staff Position $100,000 and above
Scholarship $25,000 and above
Lecture Series or Performance $20,000 and above
Library Fund $15,000 and above

There are others that are determined by interest and availability.