While all gifts to MSU Law contribute to the high quality of education,, endowments are particularly meaningful as they offer a dependable, perpetual source of funding. The investment made with the creation of an MSU Law endowment provides the type of support that makes a real difference in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff—by enhancing their education, research, daily work, and academic excellence. Endowed gifts enable MSU Law to offer a truly world-class experience.


Imagine making a contribution that leaves a legacy for generations to come. This lasting impact can easily be made through the establishment of a MSU Law endowment. Considered one of the most advantageous sources of funding, endowments enable MSU Law to attract excellent students, support exceptional faculty and expand and develop new programs by providing a steady, consistent and perpetual source of income. This steady stream of funding ensures the university’s needs to recruit and retain the best and brightest students and faculty are met, and provides access to the most contemporary education possible.


Endowed funds differ from others in that the total amount of the gift is invested. Each year, only a portion of the income earned is spent while the remainder is added to the principal for growth. In this respect, an endowment is a perpetual gift. MSU Law endowments begin at $50,000, funded fully at its initiation or made as a pledge, payable over up to five years. Donors may contribute any amount to an existing endowed program or pool resources with other like-minded individuals or companies to create a new endowment. Following is an example endowment gift.

  1. A MSU Law alumna makes a $50,000 gift to establish a named endowed scholarship in memory of her husband.
  2. A gift agreement is drawn up between MSU Law and the donor to guarantee that her gift will be added to the MSU Common Investment Fund and used solely for its stated purpose.
  3. The donor’s named scholarship fund buys units in the MSU Common Investment Fund just as an investor buys shares in a mutual fund.
  4. MSU’s Investment Office/VPFT invests the donor’s gift across major asset classes in the university’s portfolio to maximize long-term total return within acceptable levels of risk within the investment policy parameters established by the MSU Board of Trustees as advised by its Investment Advisory Subcommittee (IAS).
  5. A predetermined portion of the income earned is used to provide a scholarship for one MSU Law student per year per the gift agreement instructions. The fund’s principal remains intact.
  6. The remainder of the income earned is reinvested in the named fund’s principal as a hedge against inflation and to generate growth.
  7. The named fund continues to grow ensuring future scholarship support.


One of the advantages of creating an endowment is the freedom to choose how your investment will support MSU Law. Once you have chosen an area you would like to support, you should assess the impact you would like your gift to have. Endowments inherently bring about a profound impact because of their longevity. The perpetuity of your gift will help MSU Law sustain support in the area of your choosing.

Endowments are an excellent way to permanently honor your family, a mentor or a loved one. Once you have created an endowment, your gift becomes part of MSU Law’s heritage and tradition. In fact, loved ones may also choose to support your fund because they know how special it is to you.

Your family and MSU Law have the opportunity to enjoy a long relationship built around something that you value. Click here for information on how to set up an endowment.