Determined students, talented faculty, passionate alumni and an uplifting community- that’s what composes the Marshall family.

The Marshall University Foundation assists in growing and strengthening the Marshall family by guiding the transition of student to donor through the creation of relationships. The Foundation seeks to bring home to Marshall those who were afforded transformational opportunities and strive to perpetually enhance those offered; eager storytellers who fervently believe devotion to lifelong learning yields personal growth and success, particularly through higher education.

Loyal supporters work together to create a legacy where Marshall rises. Through scholarship and professorship support, program and research funding and gifts to expand our facilities, each graduating class is experiencing a new era of excellence because you are championing our unprecedented growth.

Alumni, like Brad and Alys Smith, are making a difference through gifts that will impact our entire region. Their support of a new College of Business facility will allow for the iCenter, an entrepreneurship lab in the Brad D. Smith Schools of Business, to have a respectable space on Marshall’s campus.

At the Marshall University Foundation, we are people sharing the product of dreams and fostering the circle of gratitude through each generation, and we are on the rise.

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Articles of Gratitude

Winter 2021

Marshall University 2015 graduate Kyle Tibbs has two things in common with incoming president Brad D. Smith: he’s a son of Marshall and he hopes his career path brings him back home.

Read the story of Kyle Tibbs in the latest edition of Articles of Gratitude.

Planned Giving


“I met so many students who came to the university with hopes and dreams, many from struggling families or as the first in their family to go to college and they have gone on to have successful and fulfilling lives.  I want every student coming from our corner of the world to get the opportunity of a great Marshall education.” -Marti Knisley, Marshall Alumna and donor

Read Marti’s story in the latest Planned Giving Quarterly Donor Spotlight.

Learn more about planned giving here.


Latest News

Rahal commits $1 million to Center for Strategic Engagement

The Marshall University Foundation has announced that John Rahal, Marshall alumnus and general partner with Edward Jones, has made a gift of $1 million to support the John F. Rahal Center for Strategic Engagement within Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business.

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Artifacts of Appreciation

“I chose to attend Marshall University because the living cost here is reasonable, and my family can afford it during my study. Secondly, I appreciate the student to professor ratio. There are many opportunities for the professor to concentrate and advise all students. Third, the atmosphere is focused and suitable for studying and one can explore the beautiful natural surroundings during breaks.” – Natwara Anukratiporn, Business Administration, Class of 2022

Read Natwara’s story in the latest edition of Artifacts of Appreciation.