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Annual Giving

The AU Fund for Excellence

Annual Giving at AU

The collective investment donors make in our students and our institution is the catalyst for effecting the kind of global change on which the university prides itself. Supporting the Annual Fund creates opportunities for empowering students both inside and outside of our classrooms and makes our campus come alive.

Your gift directly affects AU students. Students with ability and ambition can attend AU because of much-needed scholarship support; they live and study in a stimulating atmosphere focused on community service, creative expression, and personal growth; and they learn from the finest teachers and scholars. Your gift ignites their futures.

When you support AU, you make an impact through the work of dedicated students, faculty, and alumni—impact on our community, our nation, and our world.  

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted annual gifts to the AU Fund for Excellence are a top priority for American University. These gifts support all areas of the institution, and allow the university to use the funds in areas where they are most needed.

Other Annual Gifts

Other annual gifts may be broadly designated to specific purposes, such as a gift to a particular school or college, department, or campus program. When made to the funds listed below, these gifts provide budget-relieving support, and allow each area of the university to use the resources to meet their most urgent needs. 


Dean’s Funds

By contributing funds necessary to bridge the gap between tuition revenues and the true cost of educating our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, parents, and friends provide our schools and colleges with valuable resources year after year. Gifts to the Dean’s Funds gifts provide each dean with the ability to direct your money where it is needed most.


University Librarian Visionary Fund

Similar to the Dean’s Funds, the University Librarian Visionary Fund allows the university librarian to enhance the library collections, facilities, and services, which support student learning in our nationally recognized academic programs.


Eagles Club (Athletics)

By designating your gift through the Eagles Club to a particular sport, you are instantly enrolled in our "Friends Of" program, and will receive additional updates and information on that particular sport. Your designation allows the head coach to apply your gift to the area of greatest importance within their program. All gifts designated to General Athletics will be applied to athletic, academic, and operational needs across the department. These budget-relieving funds are generally used to support recruiting efforts, training and equipment costs, and team travel funds.


Campus Life

The Campus Life Discretionary Fund enables the vice president of Campus Life to support new student and staff initiatives, and to meet unanticipated equipment, facility, and program needs. The fund also assists students who have short term financial needs of up to $100.

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Matching Gifts

Corporate Matching

Did you know that your company might match your charitable contribution to AU - in effect doubling your impact? Find out more, and see if your company has a matching gift program.

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American University UFUND

UFUND is a new way for American University alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to directly fund the projects and initiatives they care most about. Check out the fundraising page where there are some exciting projects that need your support! If you find a project that inspires you, share it with your friends and help these projects take flight.

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