Major gifts fund the greatest priorities of the University of Denver. Gifts of this magnitude provide resources for educational excellence, sustaining and growing the programs that have made DU great for nearly a century and a half.

An individual may decide to make a gift of either current use funds or endowed funds. Current use gifts are one-time funds that immediately benefit the designated program or purpose. Endowed funds, on the other hand, provide both immediate and long-lasting benefits to the purpose designated by the donor. These self-sustaining funds are of great importance to the University because they generate predictable, growing streams of income in perpetuity.Donors may also create an endowed fund that is designed to last a limited time (e.g., 20 years), or an endowed fund with a customized payout that varies from the University’s standard payout of 4.5% annually. 

Major gifts may be designated for the school or program of greatest interest to the donor. The Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Sturm College of Law, and Daniels College of Business are three among many such possibilities. Major gifts can also establish professorships, chairs, or scholarships within the unit of choice, empowering the people of this university in their daily efforts. Alternately, donors may choose to support the capital needs that enhance the environs of the campus, designating a major gift for a project such as the Academic Commons or the engineering building.