Anyone may establish an endowment, either individually or with a group. Naming opportunities create a way to honor an individual, family, or business.

Contact a development officer to discuss how you can impact UND based on your interests and goals.

Endowment gifts:

  • require a minimum of $25,000 to be fully funded
  • may be fully funded immediately or over time (up to 5 years)
  • can be funded with a future gift from your estate
  • allow you to designate a UND-approved funding priority
  • come with additional charitable income tax benefits for North Dakota taxpayers
  • are assessed a management fee

A minimum gift amount is required to establish an endowment. Minimums vary depending on the complexity and scope of your endowment and the size of annual payout you intend to achieve.

Designation Options

Student Support 

  • Scholarship: $25,000
    A scholarship is used to recruit and retain students by providing financial support to fund student tuition, fees, books, and/or room and board. 

Faculty Support

  • Chair: $2.5 million
    A chair is the most prestigious named position. This senior exceptional faculty member has achieved the rank of full professor in his/her field. 
  • Professorship: $1 million
    A professorship recognizes a gifted faculty member who has achieved the rank of full professor and national or international prominence. 
  • Fellowship: $500,000
    A fellowship recognizes the University’s desire to support scholarly endeavors in teaching or research. The Dean of the college/school and the appropriate University Vice President deem how endowment income is used based on the University’s strategic priorities and the academic pursuits of the fellowship holder.

College/School Support

  • College/School/Department/Unit Excellence: $5 million
    Excellence endowments generate support for the University’s mission and support strategic priorities within the unit.
  • Symposia, Panels, Seminars: $1 million; Lectureships: $500,000
    These endowments help cover expenses for bringing renowned scholars, speakers, or experts to campus or planning symposia, panels, seminars, or lectureships in specific areas and/or on specific topics. The endowed fund and the symposia, panels, seminars, or lectureships may carry the name of the donor or someone of his/her choosing. Lectureships may include presentations by prominent faculty on our own campus.
  • VP Initiatives: $2 million
    These endowments provide income to support initiatives by a Vice President of the University in accordance with the University’s strategic priorities: enrich the student learning experience, encourage gathering, facilitate collaboration, expand UND’s presence, and improve the quality of life for faculty and staff.