Leadership Gifts

Capital and Endowed Giving: A Legacy of Extraordinary Generosity

Alumni, parents and friends are often interested in seeking opportunities to support the University’s mission through gift planning around institutional priorities and donor interest.  

Capital and endowed gifts typically form part of a portfolio of giving to the University, which includes a leadership annual gift. Examples where recent capital and endowed gifts have made a marked impact at UDM include University Ministry, residential life, athletics and the University library.  Targeted support for each of our colleges for new and innovative programs has also been vital to the success of these programs.

Capital and endowed gifts may be funded via a combination of outright gifts of cash and securities, limited partnerships, real estate, other forms of tangible personal property and may include a planned gift component including bequests, trusts and annuities or similar vehicles.  Examples of endowed gifts which have been very popular at UDM include:

Endowed Scholarships:

Scholarships play an extremely important role in recruiting and retaining the best students at UDM.  Since so many alumni and graduates of the University were once recipients of a scholarship, giving back to the University for the benefit of a current or prospective student is an excellent opportunity for grateful alumni and friends.  It is also a terrific investment in the future of our students and the University.  Endowed scholarships begin with a pledge of $50,000, payable over approximately five years.  

Endowed Chairs and Endowed Professorships:

To further enhance the quality of our existing faculty and as a recruitment tool for new faculty, endowed chairs impact the intellectual life of the University in an extraordinary way. 

For additional information regarding capital and endowed giving, please contact Thomas Sklut, Director of Development
at 313-494-6624 or email thomas.sklut@udmercy.edu.

To make a one-time gift or pledge, complete our gift commitment form.