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Giving to Kogod

The generous support of Kogod alumni and friends has made the Kogod School of Business tradition of academic excellence possible. Your investment in Kogod will help us secure our future as a place where students learn that profit and purpose are not at odds and are prepared to work and lead in all sectors of business: public, private, and nonprofit.

For more information on any of the following areas or to make a gift to Kogod, please contact Diane Myers at (202) 885-1884 or dsmyers@american.edu or Kendra Green at (202) 885-1923 or kgreen@american.edu.

Annual Giving

Kogod Dean's Fund

By contributing funds necessary to bridge the gap between tuition revenues and the true cost of educating students, Kogod alumni, parents, and friends provide the School with valuable resources year after year. Unrestricted annual gifts provide the Dean with the discretion to put your money where it is needed most.

This past year, gifts to the Kogod Dean's Fund supported:

  • Recruitment of talented new faculty

  • Support of licensing fees for databases like ThomsonReuters and others for the Financial Services and Information Technology Lab

  • Enhancement of student co-curricular programs through K-LAB (Kogod Leadership and Applied Business Laboratory)

  • Start-up costs for Kogod's Entrepreneurship Initiative, including seed capital for the Student Entrepreneurship Venture Fund

The Kogod School of Business greatly appreciates gifts of any size. American University provides additional recognition for leadership gifts. The President's Circle honors alumni, parents, faculty/staff, students, and friends who make contributions of $2,500 or more during the fiscal year, from May 1 through April 30.  

Investment in the Kogod School of Business

Investment in the Kogod School of Business by creating endowed funds or significant current use funds will ensure that students will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty and develop the professional skills they will need to become tomorrow’s business leaders.

Investment in Faculty

  • Endowed chairs, professorships, and fellowships will enable us to attract and retain outstanding faculty who carry out applied research that is important and meaningful to today’s business environment and bring their insights into the classroom.

  • Faculty research and teaching funds will provide additional incentives for faculty to excel in their fields and allow the dean to reward the school's brightest, most aspiring faculty.

Investment in Students

  • Endowed undergraduate and graduate student scholarships will provide the funding to compete with other prominent business schools as we work to attract the best and brightest students.

  • Support for co-curricular student activities will enable us to develop and strengthen resources that contribute invaluably to the learning experiences of our students. Investments in these activities will support K-LAB (Kogod Leadership and Applied Business Laboratory) programs, such as the Kogod Case Competition, student clubs, leadership training for student leaders, the Road Scholars program, and the Washington Initiative.

  • Support for the Student Managed Investment Fund will provide students more capital to invest for real-world experience in securities analysis and portfolio management. Students participate in a variety of positions, such as analysts, fund managers, and portfolio managers. The program mimics the structure of an asset management team, similar to those at Fidelity or Vanguard.
  • Support for the Student Entrepreneurship Venture Fund will provide students with the practical, real-world experience of evaluating and making funding decisions for potential entrepreneurial ventures and will fund student entrepreneurship ventures.

Investment in Research Centers

Research centers are critical to Kogod's success. Not only do they have a strong impact on our ability to recruit faculty and build relationships with our corporate partners, but they increase the demand for our graduate programs and generate financial support for our research. We seek financial support for the following research centers:

  • The Center for Information Technology and the Global Economy develops new knowledge about managing information technology in global corporations by combining the intellectual capital of the Kogod School of Business with that of its partner corporations. CITGE aspires to be a preeminent thought leader in business issues at the intersection of IT and globalization.

  • The Kogod Tax Center promotes independent research and expands knowledge with respect to tax policy, tax planning and tax compliance for small and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs and middle income taxpayers.

Planned Giving

Often, the best way to support Kogod is through a planned gift, such as appreciated stock, a bequest, or an annuity. Remembering Kogod in your will entitles you to membership in American University's legacy gift club, the Helen Palmer Kettler Society.

For more information on making a planned gift to Kogod, please contact Diane Myers, Director of Development at the Kogod School of Business, at (202) 885-1884 or dsmyers@american.edu or Kara Barnes, Director of Planned Giving, at (202) 885-5914 or kbarnes@american.edu.

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