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Underwriting our academic mission and expanding access for students.
Biology professor Jason Meyers and student observe zebrafish
The Office of Stewardship proudly serves as a point of contact between the university and its leadership donors, supplying them with information, accountability, and plenty of appreciation on behalf of the Colgate community.

We are tasked with the establishment of named endowment funds, the installation of physical commemoratives, and the naming of physical spaces. Our office then reports back on the technical aspects of your investment and the impact it has on our students and faculty.

Endowment funds, which exist in perpetuity and are managed by the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, provide support for many of our most vital, transformational initiatives. Unrestricted endowment contributions provide the university with long term financial flexibility. Named funds, restricted to a specific purpose, allow alumni, parents, and friends to honor or memorialize themselves or loved ones in a particularly meaningful way. There are several types of restricted endowment funds, including:
Chairs: Allow Colgate to recruit and retain the brightest faculty for our classrooms and the best coaches for our athletic teams. Endowed chairs can be established with an average minimum investment of $2 million.
     
Scholarships: Make a Colgate education accessible for almost half of our undergraduate population each year.  Restricted scholarships can be established with minimum contributions of $100,000, unrestricted scholarships with a minimum gift of $50,000.
     
Institutes of Advanced Study: Enhance Colgate’s reputation by supporting faculty scholarship and promoting student-professor research initiatives that cross disciplinary boundaries. Named institutes require a minimum contribution of $5 million.

Student Research Funds: Enable students to collaborate with faculty members on meaningful summer research projects.  Student research funds can be established with a minimum gift of $100,000.

For more information on memorial funds, endowment funds or commemoratives, please contact:
Thirza Morreale
Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement; Director of Stewardship & Advancement Operations
315-228-6776
tmorreale@colgate.edu
Jessica Reilly '04
Senior Associate Director of Stewardship
315-228-6009
jwreilly@colgate.edu