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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 or programs designated by the donors. Not only do endowments contribute a reliable source of income to the university, but the donors get the satisfaction of knowing that the original gift is never depleted and will always exist to support the program or programs of choice. Additionally, endowments afford wonderful opportunities for named gifts in honor of a loved one, friend, favorite professor, or other special person or area of interest.

The word endowment can be traced to the Latin word dotare or “to endow or to portion out.” Individual endowments from alumni, corporations, foundations, and other generous parties are pooled into an endowment fund. The purpose of the fund is to then make consistent contributions to campus operations and programs designed to benefit students, faculty, and programs.

Everyone relies on budgets to be able to balance the amount of money coming in against expenses, and a university is no different. Endowments are one of the tools that allow the University of Wyoming to budget effectively and the university to create its financial plan for the coming year. That’s because endowments provide a firm foundation of assets that are held in perpetuity, the payout of which creates a steady stream of income to fund those purposes chosen by the donor. This income provides an invaluable contribution over and above the solid baseline of support from the State of Wyoming, elevating the margin of excellence for UW. When a donor creates an endowed fund, generations to come will benefit from their commitment and generosity.

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.

A well-managed endowment sends a message of planned long-term stability, fiscal responsibility, and financial viability. It enhances the organization’s prestige and credibility.

Endowment Pool Performance

The market value of the endowment portfolio as of June 30, 2019, increased to $535.5 million, earning 5.7% net of all fees. This is up from $514.3 million on June 30, 2018.

Payout from the endowment to the university totaled $19.9 million. Over a ten-year period ending June 30, 2019, the cumulative amount of foundation support from the endowment totals $148.2 million. Payout only includes dollars from gifts that are in the endowment portfolio and does not include gifts that came to the foundation designated for use as expendable funds.

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University of Wyoming Foundation

222 S 22nd Street

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-6300

Toll Free: 1-888-831-7795

Fax: 307-766-4045


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