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Annual Giving

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Your gifts inspire excellence at American University. Philanthropy supports bright students, high-caliber faculty, and significant research that benefits society, promotes innovation, contributes new knowledge, and changes lives.  

Gifts to the annual funds can be spent as they come in and are directed wherever the need or opportunity is greatest. Consider supporting one of these important funds or the area of the university that means the most to you.

The AU Fund for Excellence

Unrestricted gifts are a top priority for the university. Gifts to the AU Fund for Excellence are applied to the university's areas of greatest need, allowing us to strategically address emerging needs across the university and take advantage of new opportunities as they arise.

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The Deans' Funds

Gifts to the Deans' Funds support AU's core mission by providing scholarships, student enrichment, academic innovations, faculty support, and technology upgrades to help our students become the best in their fields. Donors may support the college or school of their choice.

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The University Librarian Visionary Fund

Gifts to the Library enhance its physical and electronic collections to accommodate students' changing needs and support student learning. Additionally, gifts help us to update facilities to house our growing collections and the latest technology.

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The General Athletics Fund

Gifts to Athletics directly benefit our student-athletes by providing funding for scholarships, academic services, life-skills development, and recruiting.

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The Campus Life Fund

The Campus Life Fund supports student groups and activities that foster learning and leadership, helping students to better connect with the AU community and become more deeply engaged in the total educational experience.

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The Parent Fund

The Parent Fund provides university leadership with flexible monies they can use to address AU students' most immediate needs. Financial aid, facilities improvements, and student-life programs all benefit from parent support—as do the richness and diversity of every AU student's experience.

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