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Donors invest through CU to see their vision flourish

Your generosity is crucial to CU's mission. With your vision and passion, we are ensuring a Colorado that is economically powerful, physically healthy, culturally rich and socially cohesive for decades to come.

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Here's how we're doing that.

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Another year of record-breaking donor support

$440.4 million

We are grateful for our donors' support for CU. They contributed $440.4 million in private support in the 2018 fiscal year, the ninth straight year of their record-breaking philanthropy.

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

$253.8 million

Gifts from longtime philanthropic partner Sue Anschutz-Rodgers named the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center program to create innovations in ophthalmology. This includes advancing ocular stem cell research for sight restoration, speeding the development of new therapies and devices, and growing the center's clinical care network throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

CU Boulder

$147.8 million

A $2.47 million gift commitment from Cindy Scripps through the Scripps Howard Foundation will build on the successes of the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism at the College of Media, Communication and Information and ensure the program's competitiveness and visibility. The fellowships give five exceptional journalists an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of environmental issues and report on topics of their choosing during a nine-month residency.

CU Denver

$21.1 million

A $10 million gift established the campus' first named building, the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, which recently opened. The 85,000-square-foot facility features a climbing wall, three-court gymnasium, six-lane pool and other amenities. It's designed to promote comprehensive health and wellness by addressing students' social, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.


$16.8 million

Donors contributed more than $12 million in gifts and commitments to support student scholarships, strengthened by three endowments and a bequest established by Jane Dillon, a passionate UCCS supporter and volunteer. Student success and access to higher education are two priorities for Chancellor Venkat Reddy, who is in his first full year leading the campus.

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54400 donors made

72370 gifts and

to support student scholarships, facilities,
research, community programs and more.

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total given to Senior Class Gifts
collectively at 3 campuses.

Endowments support donors'
year after year

An endowment is a gift to support CU that lasts forever. Each endowment at CU generates stable support for an individual university priority that's specified by that endowment's donor. Thousands of individual endowments benefit CU in a variety of ways, including scholarships, research, health and wellness programs, faculty chairs and more.

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$136 billion

CU's endowment generates
support for years to come

The collective value of CU's endowment is $1.36 billion and it's built from thousands of individual endowments created by donors. Because endowments are invested for long-term growth and managed under stringent guidelines, the university benefits from reliable streams of income in perpetuity.

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Donors created 122 new endowments in fiscal year 2018, bringing the total number of endowments invested for the benefit of CU to 2757

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Transfers to CU
in fiscal year 2018

The CU Foundation transferred $188 million to CU, including current gifts, endowment distributions, funds for capital projects and support for CU Advancement operations.

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The University of Colorado Foundation invests private support to benefit CU

Earning and maintaining the confidence of our donors is critical to our success. You invest not only to make a difference, but also because you know you are contributing to an organization that is well managed and a prudent steward of your investments.


the FY18 total return for the Long
Term Investment Pool ("LTIP")

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CU's long-term investments outpace our benchmark

The CU Foundation prudently invests donors' endowments in the LTIP, which is invested in a diversified portfolio of assets.

Here is a comparison of the LTIP's annualized investment performance against the policy benchmark.

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LTIP asset allocation in fiscal year 2018

The LTIP's $1.67 billion is invested in a diverse portfolio of asset classes with a long-term strategic investment horizon. Here is the proportion of investment by asset class.

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And if you're interested in knowing even more, read our
FY 2018 audited financials statement.