Our Insights

August 2015

Fundraising and Endowment Oversight for Public Universities

Tracy Filosa, Grant Steele

  • The combination of flat or declining net tuition growth and declining state appropriations has created a revenue gap for public universities. Endowment assets and gifts are significant components of the financial equation; however, most public universities are not yet optimally structured to realize their potential in these areas.
  • Multiple, separately managed endowments supporting one university is a suboptimal business model. Similarly, decentralized fundraising models face risks of redundant outreach efforts that lead to donor fatigue, multiple asks, and missed opportunities.
  • Consolidating to one endowment portfolio and a single entity for conducting fundraising activities creates a more focused approach where all resources are pulled together to optimize fundraising and endowment management efforts.