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An endowment is a gift held in perpetuity and invested by the Foundation. The principal remains intact while a percentage of the earned income is used to support the program(s) designated by the donors. Not only do endowments contribute a reliable source of income to the University, a major personal benefit to the donor(s) is the satisfaction that the original gift is never depleted, but will always exist to support the program(s) of choice. Additionally, endowments afford wonderful opportunities for named gifts in honor of a loved one, friend, favorite professor, or other special person or interest.

Every year, in accordance with its payout policy, the UW Foundation distributes millions of dollars from endowments to the university for expenditures such as student assistance, faculty support, library acquisitions, academic program support, facilities, and building and equipment purchases and maintenance. The UW Foundation uses a weighted formula for calculating payout amounts. The payout policy is the result of a careful review of models used by Yale, Stanford, and other major higher education institutions and is designed to smooth year-to-year variations in market performance so that the colleges and units within the university are able to budget more accurately with a predictable and reliable source of funding.

During 2018, the number of endowments reached 1,519 funds. As of the January 31, 2019 market value (with all available information as of March 12, 2019), the endowment now stands at $510.8 million.



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