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Our Mission

Our goal is simple: provide the University of Mississippi with the financial support it needs to succeed.


The University of Mississippi Foundation is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered in 1973 by the state of Mississippi to operate exclusively for the benefit of The University of Mississippi and its students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The UM Foundation's goal is to promote, encourage and assist all forms of educational, scientific, literary, research and service activities provided by the University, all for the public welfare.

The Foundation is responsible for receiving, receipting, investing and distributing gifts for the benefit of the University of Mississippi. It pursues this mission in an environment of productive teamwork, effective communication, and relentless service to our donors, University administrators, faculty, staff and students. Communication of University needs and priorities along with encouraging investment in the future of Ole Miss are integral to our success. Integrity, honor, civility, service and respect for our donors and their wishes serve as the Foundation's guiding principles.


Although the University is a public institution, less than 15.2% of its support comes from state tax dollars. Recent cuts have reduced this level of funding even further. These cuts have had a significant impact on all areas of the University, so private support from our alumni and friends is critical. By establishing a personal tradition of giving, you help Ole Miss hold its place among the nation's finest institutions of higher learning.


Funding an endowment, a facility, or a program allows a donor to make an indelible mark on the University. A gift that meets certain criteria brings with it the opportunity for the benefactor to pay tribute to a loved one, a friend, or a colleague.

Named Endowments The University has endowment levels to ensure lasting and sufficient support for its funding needs. Endowments created at these levels may be named by donors and designated to support such purposes as faculty chairs, scholarships, fellowships, lectureships, memorial funds, book funds and prizes.

Naming opportunities include:
Endowed Professorships
Scholarships and Fellowships
Unrestricted Endowments
Centers, Institutes, Departments and Programs