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University Initiatives

Donors have a number of ways to invest in current and future DePaul students.

While unrestricted giving is the area of greatest need for DePaul University, donors can also choose to direct gifts toward student scholarships or DePaul's academic and research initiatives. All of our initiatives share a focus on providing an educational environment that best serves the students and faculty of DePaul.

Unrestricted Giving

Unrestricted gifts support the efforts of the university or individual schools and colleges. These contributions also allow for flexible income to address the university's top priorities, including:

  • Scholarship assistance
  • Academic programming
  • Facility renovations


As of June 30, 2012, the endowment was valued at $349.2 million. The endowment is invested in a diversified portfolio balancing investment performance and risk levels and is managed to provide an appropriate amount of liquidity to support spending requirements. An Investment Subcommittee, consisting of members of the DePaul University Board of Trustees and other investment professionals, provides ongoing oversight to the endowment.

DePaul offers a variety of endowment giving options, with university naming opportunities starting at $25,000.


Nearly 77 percent of the 23,000 full-time students at DePaul have received some form of financial assistance. Generous donors have funded over 1,700 merit and need-based scholarships totaling $6.4 million in support of DePaul students.

  • Merit-based scholarships are based primarily on student's academic performance; in particular, grade point average and class ranking, as specified by the restrictions of the scholarship criteria. Other decisive factors may include extracurricular and community service activities.
  • Need-based scholarships are based on the financial need of potential recipients, who often come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Scholarship support is vital to our students' continued success, and DePaul is grateful for your generosity.

More Information

For more information on endowment gifts and how you can help ensure a strong future for DePaul and its students, please contact Stewardship & Donor Relations at (312) 362-8666.