As a private, independent university, The University of Findlay relies on private philanthropy for a large part of its operating funds. This has been true since it was founded and gifts were made by the citizens of the City of Findlay to complete the construction of Old Main. This tradition, enhanced by a challenge grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1906 to establish an endowment fund, has continued through the bequests and gifts of generations of alumni, friends, parents of students, firms, corporations, foundations, social and civic clubs.
The purposes for which The University of Findlay needs and seeks gift support are many and varied. In broad terms, they encompass student financial aid, faculty salaries, library support, building maintenance, course development, faculty development and the construction and renovation of buildings.
Therefore, The University of Findlay Endowment Fund provides the vehicle for the donor to provide scholarships, to honor distinguished careers through endowed professorships, to memorialize loved ones or to give back in appreciation for what one has received. Regardless of the reason for investing in the University through a contribution, the objective is to enhance the ability of The University of Findlay to carry out its academic mission. Endowments at The University of Findlay require a minimum investment of $10,000 to be considered completely established.