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Endowments are important because they provide a dependable source of revenue each year. While gifts made on an annual basis are important, they are less reliable than an endowment because new funds must be secured each year. Endowments provide an annual base of income that can transform and sustain programs.

Endowments can be established to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, professorships, chairs, programs and facilities. When an endowment is established, the donor’s contribution is invested and never spent; the endowment’s earnings benefit the college in perpetuity.

Endowments are a wonderful way to establish a legacy in the name of the donor or to honor an individual. The funding level for endowments in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment begins at $50,000 and varies depending on the purpose of the endowment.

To learn more about establishing an endowment with an outright gift or through an estate gift, please contact Danielle Jostes at (859) 218-1176 or danielle.jostes@uky.edu.