Types of Gifts

Whether you are a recent graduate considering making your very first charitable donation or are much further along in life and wish to establish a named endowment, you can make a tremendous impact on Howard and, most importantly, in the lives of those the university serves.

To give you a better idea of what form your gift might take to best reflect your intentions, please click on links below.

Donation Options Description Minimum Contribution
Capital Project Gifts Gifts to support capital projects and facility renovation enhance student life as well as the research and teaching capabilities of Howard faculty. Varies. Please contact Unit Director of Development or Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at (202) 238-2340
Current–Use Gifts Current-use gifts provide essential, immediate assistance to the school, college or program of your choice. Minimum contribution of $5,000 is required.
Deferred Gifts Deferred gifts are designed to be put to use by Howard at a future time. No minimum requirement.
Distinguished Professorship Distinguished professorships are endowed financial awards that are established by donors to support the research and teaching of outstanding faculty at the university. Minimum contribution of $500,000 is required.
Endowed Chair Gifts Endowed chairs are positions permanently paid for with the revenue from an endowment fund gift specifically set up for that purpose. Minimum contribution of $1,500,000 is required.
Endowment Gifts Endowment gifts are permanently invested to supply a steady, annual source of funds for the purposes agreed upon by the donor and the university. Minimum contribution of $10,000 is required.
Fellowship Gifts Fellowships are monetary awards connected to working in a specific field for students who are generally at the graduate or post-graduate level. Minimum contribution of $100,000 is required.
Named Gifts
Establishing a named scholarship or naming a room or building leaves a lasting legacy at Howard. Varies. Please contact Unit Director of Development or Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at (202) 238-2340
Planned Gifts Planned gifts (i.e. bequests, trusts, and gift annuities) provide creative and flexible strategies for your estate and charitable planning. No minimum requirement.
Scholarship Gifts Howard is pleased to work with you to create a need- or merit-based scholarship in the school/college/program of your choice or to fund existing scholarships. Minimum contribution of $10,000 is required for scholarship endowment.
Visiting Professorship Visiting professorships are endowed financial awards that make it possible to bring prominent professors from other institutions to teach at the University. Minimum contribution of $250,000 is required.

Capital Project Gifts

While outstanding students, faculty and staff help make an institution, the places in which they do their work, learn and live have a profound effect on their ability to be exceptional. To do their best work, Howard faculty and students need facilities and spaces that foster collaboration, innovation, and discovery.

Gifts to support capital projects and facility renovation enhance student life as well as the research and teaching capabilities of Howard faculty. These projects support the growth and enrichment of the university’s physical campuses and learning community, and offer a new vision for Howard in the 21st Century.

Please visit Howard‘s Facilities Renewal website to learn more about current and upcoming capital projects. After reviewing these plans, we hope that you will consider earmarking your gift for one of Howard University’s exciting capital projects.


Current–Use Gifts

Current–use gifts provide essential, immediate assistance to the school, college or program of your choice. They allow Howard to have funds available to upgrade classrooms and labs, sustain student activities, continue to conduct world-class research and teaching, and carry out important initiatives. When you hear the words current use, it basically means a gift that can be put into immediate action.


Deferred Gifts

Deferred gifts, such as estate bequests, are designed to be put to use by Howard at a future time. While these gift agreements may be made at any time, the execution schedule of the donation is the result of careful planning that integrates the donor's charitable gift into his or her overall financial, tax, and estate planning objectives in order to maximize the benefits for both the donor and the university.


Distinguished Professorship Gifts

Distinguished professorships are endowed financial awards that are established by donors to support the research and teaching of outstanding faculty at the university. These awards aid in recruiting and recognizing professors who have made a significant impact upon their field through scholarship, creativity, and leadership. Candidates should demonstrate accomplishments that include: a record of distinguished performance in research or creative work; a record of excellence in classroom teaching; and outstanding service to the profession. Holding such a professorship is considered to be an honor in the academic world, and the University can use them to reward its best faculty or to recruit top professors from other institutions.

For additional information, please refer to page 12 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.


Endowed Chair Gifts

Endowed chairs are academic positions permanently funded by the revenue from an endowment specifically set up for that purpose. Typically, the position is designated to a specific department.

Endowed professorships aid the university by providing financial resources for a faculty member who does not have to be paid entirely out of the department‘s operating budget, allowing the university to either reduce its student–to–faculty ratio, and/or direct money that would otherwise have been spent on salaries toward other university needs.

They are one of the most important gifts to higher education because they honor and recognize the distinction of superior faculty leaders while providing invaluable financial support – above and beyond salary – for use in research, teaching, or service activities. The more endowed chairs a school has, the more prestigious and attractive to potential faculty.

For additional information, please refer to page 11 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.


Endowment Gifts

When you make a gift to Howard's endowment fund, you are truly making a gift with a future! Your endowment gifts guarantee that financial support will remain readily available for the future needs of the university and its students.

Gifts to the University's endowment are permanently invested to supply a steady, annual source of funds for the purposes agreed upon by the donor and the university. Endowment gifts are most often established through estate bequests or other planned gifts.

Many donors choose to create an endowed fund or scholarship - which can be named to honor the donor or a loved one - to commemorate a family legacy or an important individual. Such gifts tie together past, present and future: they preserve the memory of important individuals and inspire future generations through lasting financial support for Howard's educational mission.

For additional information, please refer to page 11 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.


Fellowship Gifts

Fellowships are monetary awards connected to working in a specific field for students who are generally at the graduate or post-graduate level. They focus on the professional development of the fellow and are sponsored by donors or organizations seeking to expand leadership in a particular field. While the term "fellowship" is used by a variety of different programs, generally fellowships are short-term opportunities lasting from a few months to several years. Most fellowships are based on skill, GPA, and qualifications to work in a chosen field. They can be designed to support a range of activities including graduate study in a specific field or research to advance work on a particular issue.

For additional information, please refer to page 12 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.


Named Gifts

Establishing a named scholarship or naming a room or building leaves a lasting legacy by helping students, building the endowment or enhancing Howard’s campuses. We invite you to create your own legacy, make a gift in memory of a loved one or to honor someone dear.

For additional information, please refer to page 13 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.


Planned Gifts

Planned gifts (i.e. bequests, trusts, and gift annuities) provide creative and flexible strategies for your estate and charitable planning. Some planned gifts provide you with income. Many of them can reduce your taxes. The greatest benefit, however, lies in knowing you are supporting work at the Howard that is important to you and helpful to others.

Whatever inspires you, whatever drives you – you can make a difference by supporting Howard with a planned gift directed at any purpose, program, school or college.

We‘d be happy to discuss planned giving options with you or your adviser. For more information please visit our planned giving page or call our Office of Planned Giving at 202-238-2340.


Scholarship Gifts

More than 90 percent of Howard's students receive financial aid, yet it is often not enough to cover the unmet financial needs of our students each year. Scholarship support helps the university attract the best and brightest students and makes a Howard education possible for a large number of those students.

The university is pleased to work with you to create a new need- or merit-based scholarship award in the school or college or program of your choice or to fund existing scholarship programs, such as the Bridging the Gap Student Aid Campaign that will support Howard's mission to provide the highest quality of education for students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Current–Use Scholarships
    Current–use scholarships provide tuition assistance to deserving students on a year-to-year basis. Most of Howard‘s annual current–use scholarships are program specific.

    For additional information on current-use scholarships, please refer to page 10 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.
  • Endowed Scholarships
    When you create an endowed scholarship of $50,000 or more, you ensure that money is available in perpetuity to help Howard‘s students afford growing tuition costs. Each year a portion of the accrued interest funds a scholarship award; the remainder is returned to the endowment so that it will grow with every passing year. And because endowed scholarships become a "living" part of the university, many donors choose to create one to commemorate a family legacy, a dear friend, or another important individual.

For additional information on endowed scholarships, please refer to page 11 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.


Visiting Professor Gifts

Visiting professorships are endowed financial awards that make it possible to bring prominent professors from other institutions to teach at the University for one semester or academic year. The endowed gift covers travel and living expenses for the visiting professor. Additionally, it generally covers any salary, fees, or office supplies associated with the professorship. These awards also serve to strengthen the internationalization of the educational experience for scholars and students by welcoming educators from abroad to Howard University.

For additional information, please refer to page 12 of the University‘s Gift Acceptance and Administration Policy.