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Office of Advancement

Major Gifts

A major gift can be given at one time or pledged over a period of five years. This gift can be a one-time gift for a specific project or an endowment (an invested permanent fund). It can be designated to a specific department or be used at the discretion of the Department Chair or Dean of the College.

Major Gift = $25,000 to $99,999

Leadership Gift = $100,000 to $999,999

Principal Gift = $1,000,000+

Major Gift Endowments

An endowment is a fund with the purpose of providing ongoing support for the current and future activities of WVU and its affiliates. The endowment minimum is $25,000. Each year, a portion of the endowment’s earnings are paid out, while the principal is retained for future growth. Currently, endowment spend must be no less than 4% and no more than 5% of the market value of the endowment’s invested funds.

WVU Foundation Endowment Minimums

Distinguished Chair $3 Million
Chair $1.5 Million
Distinguished Professorship $1 Million
Professorship $500,000

Named Scholarship Program
$1 Million
Presidential Scholarship
Graduate Fellowship
General Scholarships
Faculty Enrichment Fund $50,000
Student Enrichment Fund $25,000
General Endowment $25,000

For questions, please contact Amy Lutz