Establishing and endowment through The University at Albany Foundation

Why should I make an endowed gift?

Thirty-five percent of UAlbany students are the first in their families to attend college. Their success depends on gifts, of all sizes, from dedicated alumni and friends. Creating an endowment is one way you can assist students and provide strategic opportunities for a variety of programmatic, faculty and research needs while leaving a lasting legacy at the University.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships help us to keep a UAlbany education affordable and compete for students who excel academically. Scholarships can also be a very meaningful way in which to honor family and friends, or serve as a perpetual memorial for a loved one. Scholarship assistance benefits not only the recipient, but the entire student body. It allows UAlbany to enroll students from every imaginable background—cultural, social and economic. Learning in such a community sharpens our students’ ability to succeed in a world that is increasingly diverse and global in its reach.


Endowed Program Funds

Donors may also choose to establish an endowed program fund, which provides strategic opportunities for a variety of programmatic, faculty and research needs at the University. Examples include chairs or professorships, lectures, research funds, prize or award funds, Art Museum support, library acquisition, faculty development, law or other professional panels, cancer research or other academic initiatives. Endowed program funds provide an extra “margin of excellence” or flexibility needed at a moment’s notice when an opportunity presents itself within a school, college or program.


For more information on endowed funds, please contact: 
Valerie DiRocco-Ruskin '95 MPA, Director of Donor Relations & Fund Management at 518-437-5090 or [email protected].