Gifts Matter

Opportunities for Giving

Annual Fund 

We are very appreciative to the donors who give to the School of Education Foundation without specifying how their money should be spent. Undesignated gifts provide an important source of income that gives the Dean the flexibility to meet today’s priorities. 

Honorary Gift Clubs recognize gifts provided by our generous donors. 

Cornerstone:  gifts up to $99
Sponsors:  $100 - $249
Benefactors: $250 - $499
Dean’s Circle:  $500 - $999
1885 Society: $1,000 - $1,999
Peabody Society: $2,000 or more

Designated Gifts

The School of Education’s goal is to build a strong financial base to allow us to continue to be an important resource for our state and to continue to guide public school education policy and practice nationally.  This is done through the generous contributions of donors who restrict their gifts for a specific purpose.  Major investments are welcomed and can be paid over a designated number of years. 


Endowments are one way a donor can establish a fund in perpetuity at the School of Education.  Gifts to establish an endowment fund are investments in the future.  These gifts, whether given through cash, securities, life insurance, charitable annuities and trusts, or bequests, provide critical support.  Gift principal is held intact in perpetuity and invested. A portion of the annual earnings, provide a steady flow of income for the purposes designated by the donor.

The University has set minimum gift levels for certain types of endowments. This ensures that sufficient income is available annually to support their designated purpose. Endowments may be named for the donor, or in memory or in honor of a relative, friend, or faculty member designated by the donor.