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Endowment Gifts

Endowments are often referred to as the "gifts that keep on giving." Endowments are perpetual and give donors the opportunity to support multiple generations of students and faculty, thereby making a lasting impact on Stony Brook.

Endowments are permanently invested by the Stony Brook Foundation, and a portion of the income generated by that investment is used for the purpose you wish to support, such as undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, supplemental salary support for faculty, research, libraries, lectureships, specific programs, discretionary use, or other purposes. Another portion of the income is reinvested each year, enabling the endowment principal to grow, maintain its "spending power" against inflation, and provide a permanent stream of income over time. The principal is never spent and remains intact.

An endowment can create a wonderful and permanent legacy for you or serve as a thoughtful and lasting tribute to a loved one, friend, colleague, or favorite professor. A gift to create a new endowment may be made in the form of a multi-year pledge, with gift payments made over a period of up to five (5) years. 

We invite you to learn more about the many types of endowments available (below) to support your area(s) of interest.

Types of Endowments

Student Endowments
Gifts that fund undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship endowments make it possible for Stony Brook to attract and retain the best undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their financial circumstances. You can make a difference by contributing to an existing endowed scholarship or fellowship fund or by establishing a new endowment to benefit students enrolled in the college/school of your choice.

Categories of Undergraduate Endowments and Minimum Gift Levels
Endowed Presidential Scholarship ("Presidential Scholar")
$250,000
Endowed Athletic Scholarship
$250,000
Endowed Scholarship (general scholarship support)
$25,000

Categories of Graduate Endowments and Minimum Gift Levels
Endowed Presidential Fellowship Fund
$300,000
Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund
$200,000

Faculty Endowments
Since its founding, a hallmark of Stony Brook University has been its remarkable faculty, comprised of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows, Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy and Grammy Award winners, and members of prestigious academic and scientific organizations. These distinguished individuals are crucial to the fabric of our dynamic environment of intensive learning, scholarly research, and the translation of new knowledge into benefits for the greater community. You can help to ensure that the University can continue to recruit and retain leading researchers and teachers through your support of endowed faculty chairs, professorships, and fellowships.

Categories of Faculty Endowments and Minimum Gift Levels
Endowed Distinguished Chair
$2,500,000
Endowed Chair
$1,500,000
Endowed Professorship
$750,000
Endowed Fellowship for Promising Scholars
$300,000

Program Endowments
Endowments that support programs and special initiatives at Stony Brook ensure the long-term viability of important, cutting-edge instructional, research, and public service activities that make the University a world-class institution. Whether you want to provide our researchers with advanced equipment for research, eager students with opportunities for cultural exploration and cultural enrichment, or vulnerable young cancer patients with the latest treatments and emotional support, Program Endowments offer a means to make a difference for a specific endeavor.

Categories of Program Endowments and Minimum Gift Levels
Endowed Lectureship
$250,000
Endowed Research Fund
$100,000
Endowed Excellence Fund (for discretionary use by a designated area)
$25,000
Endowed Excellence Award (teaching, advising, outstanding service, etc.)
$25,000
Endowed Fund for Collections (for art, books, manuscripts, etc.)
$25,000

For more information about Endowment Gifts, please contact:

Deborah Lowen-Klein

(631) 632-5074