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    Capital and Endowment Giving

    Maintaining the qualities that define Shaw University and keeping the institution strong for the future require substantial resources. These key characteristics distinguish Shaw University as a world-class institution and enable it to generate ideas, make discoveries, and educate new generations of leaders for a rapidly changing world.

    They include a groundbreaking no-loan financial aid program; a culture in which all professors teach undergraduates; cutting-edge research that holds the promise of helping to solve some of society’s most pressing problems; an exceptionally talented, diverse, and dedicated student body; a historic campus of striking beauty; and an unflagging quest for excellence.

    Capital and endowed gifts allow all of these elements to thrive. They can be unrestricted or designated by the donor for use in support of specific programs, initiatives, or building/renovation projects. The Office of Institutional Advancement  works with alumni, parents, and friends of Shaw to match their interests with the needs of the University.

    These gifts to Shaw University’s endowment are invested, and their earnings provide a permanent source of income for the University. Capital and endowment funds are vital to ensuring that the University will continue to fulfill its mission of teaching, research, and service for generations to come.

    For more information on capital and endowment gifts to Shaw University, contact:
    Melodie Carter
    Director of Donor Relations and Strategic Partnerships
    919.546. 8320 |


    Whatever program, cause, or project you are looking to support, Shaw University has a giving opportunity to match. Better still, by endowing your gift, you can create a legacy that lasts forever.

    Your gift is invested - never spent - and each year a distribution is made to your chosen program or area. Investment earnings above the dividend rate help the endowment value grow over time, to keep pace with inflation and maintain your endowment’s spending power. You may take up to five years to fund an endowment and, once it is officially established, you or anyone else may continue to add to its principal at any time. This is why endowments provide the perfect opportunity to honor a family member, life-changing professor, or other mentor; preserve a family’s name; or create a personal legacy. 

    Named Endowment Opportunity Amount 
    Endowed Chair $3 million


    $2.5 million

    Professorship (new position)

    $2 million

    Professorship (existing position)

    $1.5 million


    $1 million

    Full-Tuition Scholarship

    $1 million

    Fellows Fund


    Distinguished Speakers Fund


    President’s Student Gap Fund


    Internship/Experiential Learning Fund


    Scholarship Fund