Endowments

With support from the Warnke Endowment, Brandon McVeigh is studying nutrition at OSU.

Make a Permanent Impact at OSU

Creating an endowment is a way you can establish a living legacy at Oregon State University—in your own name or that of a loved one.

Endowment gifts are especially meaningful because they enhance the university in perpetuity. These gifts create permanent funds where the principal of the gift is continually invested to generate earnings. Each year, a portion of the fund’s balance (currently 4.5 percent) is transferred to support the OSU program you choose. The core of the fund remains invested for long-term growth.     

When you establish an endowment, you can design it to support any area at Oregon State that is important to you, such as scholarships for students, faculty in a particular college or department, or enhancements to a program, laboratory, or team.

While gifts of all sizes are welcome, you may create a named endowment with a commitment of $25,000. Many donors decide to make a gift that allows their endowment to start benefiting OSU immediately, while arranging for a planned gift that increases its impact in the future.  

Contact Us

The best way to get started is to contact the OSU Foundation’s Office of Gift Planning. We are available to help you and your advisors through the planning process. We can offer advice on creative ways to structure your gift that achieves your financial and philanthropic goals. Contact us today

Warnke Endowment Keeps on Giving

When Ruth Warnke ’33 established a scholarship endowment more than a decade ago, she planted a seed that is bearing fruit to this day.

Each fall, about 10 students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences receive the Ruth Warnke Scholarship. Recent recipients include Brandon McVeigh (above), who is studying nutrition and working with student-athletes on their individual nutrition plans.

So far, more than 100 students have benefited from Ruth Warnke’s generosity. And each year, her legacy grows.