Make your end-of-year gift

Making a gift at the end of the year is a great way to support the University of Colorado and potentially take advantage of any tax benefits you may qualify for this year. Click here to see information and suggestions about how to make your gift before year-end.

How are CU’s fundraising priorities determined?

CU’s campus leadership determine which proposed initiatives and projects become fundraising priorities in consultation with the university president and the Board of Regents. Strategies are then developed to seek funding for the priorities.

Does the CU Foundation make grants?

The Foundation’s mission is limited to supporting the University of Colorado. Therefore, the Foundation does not make grants to external organizations or individuals.

Who manages the CU Foundation’s endowment?

The CU Foundation’s volunteer Investment Policy Committee provides fiduciary oversight and determines investment policy. Currently, Perella Weinberg Partners manages the portfolio on a day-to-day basis, according to the policies and asset-allocation guidelines set by the Investment Policy Committee.

How does the CU Foundation's endowment work?

The CU Foundation manages more than 2,400 individual endowments that generate an ongoing source of support for an individual university priority (such as scholarships, research, or faculty support) specified by that endowment donor. These 2,400-plus endowments are invested collectively in a long term investment pool (LTIP).

Do you charge a fee on gifts or endowments?

The CU Foundation does not charge fees on current gifts or pledge commitments; those gifts entirely support the program designated by the donor. As is common practice among university endowments, the CU Foundation collects an advancement fee (of 1 percent to 1.9 percent on an annual basis) on all endowments to support Advancement operations at both CU and the CU Foundation.

Who governs the CU Foundation?

A volunteer Board of Directors has fiduciary oversight, elects the officers of the Foundation and appoints the chief executive officer. The CU president, a representative of the university’s Board of Regents, and another university designee serve as non-voting members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.