The University Fund at Marshall

What is the University Fund?

The University Fund raises money for a variety of campus projects through gifts managed by the Foundation. The University Fund raises unrestricted funds for the University’s Greatest Needs as well as for individual colleges.

The University Fund is a yearly program that runs with the University’s fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The University Fund regularly seeks gifts through a student-staffed telephone outreach program, mail appeals and online giving.

University Fund dollars go to the areas of greatest need on campus such as general scholarships, library materials, student activities, multicultural programs, campus technology upgrades, and so much more. University Fund contributions designated to an individual college help support a variety of projects including guest lectures, department scholarships, faculty development, classroom equipment and student/faculty research.


Why should I give to the University Fund?

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the University Fund

How to Give


Why should I give to the University Fund?

The value of a Marshall education — Marshall University provides students an education of the highest caliber. Marshall attracts bright, motivated students who welcome the opportunity to collaborate with dedicated faculty. These students thrive in an environment enlivened by the variety of class/degree offerings, the latest and greatest technologies including online course, and the desire to give back to the community. Marshall students graduate with much more than a degree; they welcome learning opportunities and gain knowledge and experience they will use throughout their lives.

High standards for its students; high standards for itself — Just as Marshall University pushes its students to great achievement, the University strives to provide everything necessary to maintain a high quality learning environment. Only a portion of the cost of educating each student is paid for by tuition and state funding; for the rest, the university relies on private support from alumni and others. Marshall depends on gifts from alumni, parents, friends and the Marshall community to give students the quality, well rounded educational experience that has always been its focus.

Show you care for Marshall — As an alumnus or friend of Marshall University, you know that Marshall is a special place. Your education and Marshall experience was supported by gifts from others—and now you can return the favor. No matter the size of your gift, by supporting Marshall you are giving others the opportunity for a similar experience, whether from the classroom or at a University sponsored campus event.

Every gift is important — Each gift to the University Fund is important. Gifts impact the lives of students by providing a margin of excellence at Marshall University. Giving to the University also gives alumni an opportunity to participate at Marshall and to help today’s students receive the top-notch, affordable education they deserve while maintaining the integrity of the degree you received as a graduate of Marshall.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why must money be raised each year in addition to tuition?

Why should I give to the University Fund?

What about the phone call I received?

What is a matching gift?

What are endowment and capital gifts?

What is the difference between a gift to the University Fund and a capital
and/or endowed gift?

How do I contact the University Fund?

Why must money be raised each year in addition to tuition?

Simply put, tuition has not kept pace with inflation over the years. In addition, because of decrease in state funding and an increase in the demands of a competitive marketplace, Marshall University must raise funds each year to maintain the high standards it places on education while remaining affordable to current and prospective students. Income from the University Fund and endowment bridges the gap between tuition revenue, state allocations and the operating budget.

What about the phone call I received?

In Marshall Link, a campus based telephone outreach program, Marshall students call alumni, parents, and friends to raise money for the University. Students calling from the University will clearly articulate their calling location and the purpose of their call. If you have any questions about your call, please call 304-696-6214 or email talbottw@marshall.edu.

What is a matching gift?

The company you work for may match your gift to a non-profit educational organization like Marshall. Matching gifts can increase the impact of your gift without decreasing the size of your wallet, and Marshall recognizes you for the full amount! If your employer matches gifts, obtain the proper form and simply return it with your contribution. Click here to see if you work for a matching gifts company.

What are endowment and capital gifts?

Endowments funds are like savings accounts which generate income from the investment of the principle. A gift to an endowment is placed in a restricted account so that it may grow and spin off more and more income as years pass. The principle always remains intact.

Periodically, projects are identified that require large sums of money. Projects such as the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center and the Drinko Library are just a couple examples of examples of projects funded by capital contributions.

Gifts to the endowment or a capital project are NOT gifts to the University Fund.

What is the difference between a gift to the University Fund and a capital and/or endowed gift?

The University Fund is used for annual expenses, and a broad range of the University’s needs. Capital and endowed gifts are for building and special projects. The University Fund helps us live and has an immediate impact on the education of current Marshall University students. Capital and endowment funds help us grow and help build the future of Marshall University for years to come.

How do I contact the University Fund?

Griffin Talbott
Program Director, University Fund
(304) 696-6214
talbottw@marshall.edu

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