Missouri State University Foundation


Ensure the Future

As perpetual gifts, endowed funds provide a link between past, present, and future generations. The income from endowed funds is vital to Missouri State University's ability to educate students and discover and disseminate new knowledge for the betterment of our world. The level of participation of alumni and friends speaks volumes to the pride you feel while also strengthening the University. We are fortunate the Foundation invests for the long term and that your funds will last into perpetuity for the benefit of generations of students to come. We strive to steward your contributions in a manner that benefits your generosity.

Endowed Gifts

An endowment is a fund of money given to the Foundation wherein the principle is permanently kept and invested. The annual return or interest is used to fund University activities and programs, among them distinguished professorships, chairs, and student scholarships. By establishing an endowment, your gift makes a difference every year.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships help the University provide an excellent education to qualifying students, regardless of need. The minimum gift to endow a named scholarship is $25,000. You can also contribute to an existing endowment or make a non-endowed scholarship gift. 

Endowed Chair or Professorship

An endowed chair or professorship is an honor bestowed on an outstanding faculty member and provides him or her with additional research and teaching resources. Endowments are an important means to attract and keep exceptional faculty.

To endow a named professorship the minimum gift is $250,000. To endow a named chair the minimum is $1,000,000.


Foundation Tax ID # 43-1234200

Establishing a fund

Financial reports

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Tom Strong and Dr. John Schmalzbauer

Dr John Schmalzbauer (right) is named The Blanche Gorman Strong Chair of Protestant Studies through the generosity of Dr. Tom Strong (left).

Define your legacy 

Fulfill your philanthropic goals and help make a difference to future Missouri State students by defining your legacy.

By establishing a bequest, from either a will or a living trust, you may pass any amount you wish to Missouri State free of estate tax, while utilizing your assets now.

To learn about the many benefits of making a gift through a bequest, contact Wendy Ferguson, Executive Director of Development.