Endowment Support

One of the college’s primary goals (as identified by the strategic planning process) is to substantially increase the Luther College endowment—a perpetual fund composed of donor gifts that are retained and invested by the college. Earnings from the endowment are available each year to support college programs and scholarships as designated by the donor.

Please note: All amounts discussed in the following sections are for donors who will fund the endowment through an outright gift or pledge. You may also choose to fund a named endowment through a planned gift. However, that may require a larger amount due to the timing of the gift. Please consult directly with the Development Office for specific details.

How does endowment make a difference?

A strong endowment is a key indicator of the quality and financial strength of a college. It is the gauge by which institutional stability is measured. At Luther, a strong endowment will enable the college to better position itself for the future. It will:

  • provide for continual improvement and maintenance of state-of-the-art facilities;
  • fund scholarships and other financial assistance to make it possible for the most deserving students to attend Luther;
  • enable Luther to attract and retain gifted teachers and strengthen student learning;
  • increase opportunities for student research and faculty/student mentoring;
  • enhance public perception of Luther's reputation as an innovative, dynamic institution.

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