Since the establishment of the Foundation in 1981, thousands of private contributions
have been given to the University’s departments and programs. Alumni of the institution
give recalling with appreciation the education they received while attending Missouri
State. Others—friends, parents, corporations, foundations, faculty, staff and even
current students—have a sincere desire to enhance particular areas of study or the
overall quality of education at Missouri State University.
Indeed, the Foundation has been successful for nearly 40 years. The success exists
because of the continued willingness of donors to invest in the future of the students
and the University on the campuses in Springfield, Mountain Grove, West Plains and
China. In its history, the Missouri State University Foundation has received $433
million in gift commitments. While $368 million has occurred through outright gifts,
an additional $65 million has been recorded through deferred commitments. The outright
gifts have already made a tremendous impact on our students, faculty and campus community.
And the deferred gifts that will come to the University at a later date through trusts,
annuities, life insurance and other testamentary instruments, indicate confidence
in continued growth for the future.
Private giving continues to be of critical importance to the University. Many opportunities
are created through the generosity of friends to the institution, made up of a family
of alumni, parents, graduating seniors, current and retired faculty and staff, community
members, local and national businesses, foundations, and other organizations.
Generous support in the University’s mission and lasting gift commitments enhance
opportunities for students, and make things possible that would not be there otherwise,
without private giving.