Major Giving


  • Office of the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
    Fax: 202-885-1334

Mailing Address

In addition to making annual gifts, which provide critical, renewable budget-relieving support to meet AU’s ongoing needs, some donors have resources and opportunity to make larger gifts and pledges that they choose to designate for a particular purpose.

Although any gift can be designated, Major Gifts are $25,000 or more, may be paid over a pledge term (usually five years), and give a donor naming recognition.

To learn more about making a major gift, please contact the Office of the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at or 202.885.5900. Thank you.

Capital Gifts

Major gifts to AU facilities – such as the new School of International Service, Katzen Arts Center, renovated School of Communication and Kogod School of Business – help AU provide 21st century learning environments worthy of the caliber of students and faculty who use them.

Gifts of Endowment

Major gifts also enhance and create endowments (which require a $50,000 commitment to establish), and can support students, faculty, and programs and provide a strong financial underpinning for AU. Endowments are forever, creating a lasting legacy and stream of support for generations of students and faculty to come.

Special Gifts

Special gifts may be made to provide current-use support to existing programs, pilot new programs, and sponsor one-time projects such as speakers, exhibits at the AU Museum, performances, and conferences.