University Endowment

Want to leave a personal legacy, or recognize a special individual in a meaningful and lasting way, that will create a stable source of support for generations to come? An endowment gift can do just that!

Endowed gifts are invested directly, with the generated income used to fund your specific philanthropic interests. The fund's principal remains intact; the gift continues to generate income in perpetuity.

An individual's lifespan is limited, but a university endures for countless generations and hundreds of years. An endowed gift helps ensure that adequate provision is made for the students, faculty, staff, programs, initiatives, and facilities of the future.

Donors can also establish an unrestricted endowment, dedicated to helping SSU advance. These unrestricted funds give SSU flexibility to focus on its goals, whether it is advancing research, offering more scholarships, increasing community outreach or offering a lecture or arts series on campus.

Endowment Categories and Thresholds:

To establish an endowed scholarship, learn more about the guideliness for establishment.

To learn more about endowment possibilities, including minimum giving levels and areas to support, contact us at (912) 358-3059, or

Naming Opportunities

Other Physical Facilities/Outdoor Structures

Gifts may enable donors to name spaces within buildings, such as lecture halls, laboratories, conference rooms, specialty classrooms and regular classrooms.  Minimum amounts are necessary to name facilities. They include:

•    Laboratory — $500,000
•    Electronic Classroom — $200,000
•    Distance Learning Classroom — $75,000
•    Other Classroom — $50,000
•    Conference Room — $50,000
•    Auditorium (with 150 or more seats) — $100,000
•    Auditorium (with fewer than 150 seats) — $50,000

Benches, fountains, outdoor plantings, memorial trees, other outdoor structures or areas — The cost of the project plus $5,000 to the Campus Beautification Endowment is required. 
Note: If a structure is a student memorial or a student project, strictly the project cost is needed. 

Academic and Major University Units (Program)

Contributions to name an academic or other major university unit must be able to transform the unit involved, enabling that unit to reach a level of excellence that cannot be achieved with state or university funds alone. The gift should be in the form of an endowment, with income from the endowment used to provide a margin of excellence for the unit. The gift should not replace state funds previously made available to that unit.

Minimum endowment levels for colleges, departments, centers and institutes. They include:  

•    College or Division — $5,000,000
•    School or Department — $2,500,000
•    University-wide Center or Institute — $1,250,000
•    College-based or Unit-based Center or Institute — $750,000

Endowed Faculty Positions

Naming opportunities for chairs or professorships are available throughout campus. Endowed chair designation is linked to a select faculty position filled by an outstanding scholar and teacher, as judged by rigorous, nationally accepted standards. Named professorships typically are held by faculty members whose accomplishments indicate potential for national and international leadership and distinction in their field, and whose current efforts are focused on honing teaching skills and/or establishing a superior record of research or other scholarly activity.

Minimum levels for endowed faculty positions are:

•    Dean's Chair — $2,000,000
•    Chair — $1,500,000
•    Professorship — $500,000
•    Endowed Faculty Fellowship — $100,000
•    Some colleges, schools or departments may require higher amounts.

Lectureships and Lecture Series

Savannah State encourages naming opportunities for lectureships and visiting lecture series.

A lectureship is a select position to be filled by a top scholar who becomes a part of the Savannah State University community for a specified period, but who typically does not accept a permanent position on the faculty. A visiting lecture series brings a variety of individuals with experience and expertise relevant to the special interests of a particular college or school.

Minimum endowment levels for lectureships and lecture series are:
Visiting Lecture Series — $250,000

Fellowships and Scholarships

Endowed fellowships and scholarships enable SSU to attract and retain the best and brightest students form throughout Savannah, the region and the nation. Fellowships offer educational assistance primarily for graduate students, and provide full or partial support that enables students to complete their educational experience at Savannah State.  Scholarships primarily offer educational assistance for talented undergraduate students.

The Foundation offers two types of scholarships, those which may be funded and awarded annually, and those which are awarded based on earnings from an established endowment.

The established minimum endowment levels for fellowships and scholarships are: 
•    Endowed Scholarships — $25,000
•    Annual Scholarships (non-endowed) — $5,000

For a listing of the facilities and locations availabe for naming opportunity, click here.