Endowment

Ashland University’s endowment strengthens and sustains our legacy so we can continue to shape our local community, our state, and our world for the better.

Ashland’s endowment investments generated considerable gains over the past five years. The endowment grew from $35.4 million to $50 million. Donors contributed $7.2 million, investment earnings provided $8.4 million and, best of all, students received $4 million for student scholarships.

What’s the secret to growing the endowment $12 million in the past five years? Loyal donors, adhering to Ashland’s investment principles, conservative spending, and top investment advisors.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships

Faculty Endowments

Faculty Endowments

Program Endowments

Program Endowments

Athletic Endowment Funds

Athletic Endowment Funds

Program Endowments

Program Endowments

Endowment Match Challenge

Endowment Match Challenge

Athletic Endowment Funds

Athletic Endowment Funds

Endowment Opportunities at Ashland Theological Seminary

Endowment Opportunities at Ashland Theological Seminary

Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Endowment Match Challenge

Ashland University has announced a new initiative to expand opportunities, access and affordability for our students. Ashland will match $1 for every $3 donated up to $1 million!

Consider how an endowment can help you leave your legacy to support our students, programs, or faculty. Create an endowed scholarship to provide for Ashland students. Leave a lasting legacy through an endowed chair for a professor or department head. Make a long-term investment in helping students participate in internships. Or, provide a sustaining gift for a new or existing academic program. Here is how it works:

  • Establish a new endowed fund

  • Add to an existing endowed fund

  • The minimum matched contribution is $25,000 (cash, securities or a pledge)

  • The maximum matched contribution is $100,000 (cash, securities or a pledge)

  • Pledges may be committed over a three to five-year period

To start a new endowed fund call 419-289-5620 or email au-advancement@ashland.edu

Donated Funds

Ashland University Match

$25,000

$8,333

$50,000

$16,666

$75,000

$25,000

$100,000

$33,333

Endowed Scholarships

- Alena Holms

Gifts that fund undergraduate student scholarships make it possible for Ashland to attract and retain the best students, regardless of their financial circumstances. You can make a difference by establishing a new endowed scholarship to benefit students enrolled in the college of your choice.

You Can Open the Path for Another

For example, Alena Holmes knows, firsthand, the value of an Ashland education. She recognizes fully what it means to earn a degree.

A first-generation college student from Goshen, Ohio, Alena came to Ashland to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She was drawn in by our nursing program’s reputation for producing excellent healthcare professionals—but what truly brought her here was the generous gifts of donors.

Still, year after year, Alena struggled to pay for school, taking out loans on top of the financial aid she received. But with your gift, you can help others like Alena continue their college journey unencumbered by debt. Because of you, they can worry less about student loans. They can focus on being college students while they’re here at Ashland, and can fully dedicate themselves to their professions, their communities, and their families after graduation.

Your gift can pave the way for other dedicated individuals like Alena.

  • 32% of students come from low income families.

  • 26% are first generation—something we are proud of!

  • 89% receive AU gift aid from generous donors

Type

Minimum Gift

Estimated Annual Impact

Endowed Presidential Scholarship

$400,000

$20,000

Endowed Provost Scholarship

$200,000

$10,000

Endowed Scholarship

$25,000

$1,250

Faculty Endowments

Since its founding, a hallmark of Ashland University has been its remarkable faculty. These distinguished individuals are crucial to our mission and core values. You can help to ensure the University continues to recruit and retain leading faculty who emphasize teaching enhanced by research and scholarship through your support of endowed distinguished chairs, professorships, and faculty fellowships.

The future success of Ashland depends on retaining faculty with the drive to succeed and a heart to serve. Your gifts are needed to create capacity for new opportunities.

To paint a picture of what that looks like practically, here is a real life example. Earned income from a faculty endowment would free up grant money currently compensating psychology professor, Dr. Chris Chartier. Dr. Chartier founded the International Collaboration Research Center and is leading the development of the Psychological Science Accelerator—an initiative changing the entire landscape of how psychology studies are structured across the globe—providing unique student experiences through this collaboration. By replacing grant money with endowment earnings, Dr. Chartier can expand his research and provide even more opportunities for students on our campus.

Directly supporting our faculty through an endowment is a powerful way to ensure we can expand the unique, world-changing opportunities that can only happen at Ashland University.

Type

Minimum Gift

Estimated Annual Impact

Endowed Chair

$2,000,000

$100,000

Endowed Professorship

$1,500,000

$75,000

Endowed Faculty Fellowship

$500,000

$25,000

Program Endowments

Whether you want to provide professors with equipment for research, eager students with opportunities for cultural exploration, or pathways for students to find their life calling, program endowments make a difference for specific endeavors. This type of endowment supports the long-term viability of special programs across campus.

Each year, faculty and staff initiate innovative and captivating programs which open new doors for our students. These projects can thrive long term when the program is endowed. For example, the National Science Foundation S-STEM Science Scholars grant program helps us close the tuition gap for high performing Ohio students with financial need and a passion for the hard sciences. As the grant nears completion, we could continue the Science Scholars program by transitioning from grant funding to an endowed program. A Science Scholars endowment would ensure this initiative grows and continues long into the future.

Funding through an endowment provides innovative programs with needed longevity and stability, so our students now and into the future will continue to have world class opportunities.

Type

Minimum Gift

Estimated Annual Impact

Endowed Provost Innovation Fund

$500,000

$25,000

Endowed Lectureship

$250,000

$12,500

Endowed Research Fund

$250,000

$12,500

Endowed Student Program Fund

$100,000

$5,000

Athletic Endowment Funds

An Athletic Endowment fund is a sport-specific endowment. Your gift will directly benefit the team of your choice and will provide ongoing opportunities for the coaches and individual student-athletes to cover their basic needs, provide further scholarship opportunities, attract the highest levels of talent to our athletic program and allow the athletic staff and coaches the flexibility to position each of their student-athletes for success.

Through the years, our teams have competed at the highest levels of their individual sports and Athletic Endowment funds ensure success continues into the future. You are vital to continuing the tradition. We are inviting you to join us in creating opportunities for both current and future student-athletes with a commitment of $25,000 or more. Whether you’ve given in the past or are waiting for the right opportunity, you are invited to become a pillar of this exciting new endeavor.

With a gift, you will leave your own legacy of lasting success, creating unique opportunities for our individual student-athletes to continue Ashland’s tradition of winning, both for today and long into the future.

Endowment Opportunities at Ashland Theological Seminary

When you choose to endow the mission of Ashland Theological Seminary, your gifts support and sustain much more than education.

Your generosity empowers students, graduates, faculty members, and ministry leaders around the globe to demonstrate Christ’s power to transform lives.

When you contribute to the mission of Ashland Seminary, you’re stewarding your gifts in a way that magnifies the hope and peace of Christ to bring truth, healing, and change to the world.

Planned Giving

How can a planned gift tell your story? Your personal estate plan can be simple or very complex. Planned gifts are made through a variety of vehicles such as a last will and testament, trust, retirement assets, life insurance, real estate or other personal property. Planned gifts generate a current income tax deduction, maximize your giving potential, and can even provide lifetime income payments to enhance your current financial security.

If you already have a named endowment or currently support endowed programs or operations, consider adding a deferred gift today to enhance your giving in the future.

Explore How to Give and What to Give

Contact: planned-giving@ashland.edu or aclark2@ashland.edu