The Annual Fund


How can you give to Marshall University?

Through The Annual Fund, the University’s annual giving program, you can designate your gift to benefit the school or academic program of your choice. Or you can allocate your gift to Marshall University’s Greatest Needs, where it will be used for immediate needs such as merit scholarships; undergraduate research support and graduate fellowships; faculty hiring and retention; career networking and admissions programs.

The Annual Fund raises unrestricted funds for the University’s Greatest Needs as well as for individual colleges. This annual program runs with the University’s fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). The Annual Fund regularly seeks gifts through a student-staffed telephone outreach program, mail appeals and online giving.

Annual 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. Annual 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 Annual 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 believe in 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 Alum. Any Amount. Every Year. – Each gift to the Annual 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.

How do I contact the office of Annual Giving?

You can contact Griffin Talbott, Director of Annual Giving at (304) 696-6214 or by using our online contact form.