Support for the Endowment

While investments in capital projects build the campus infrastructure, the  programs, people and the ongoing maintenance of the campus are supported through the endowment.

The Colleges endowment consists of many separate funds – named and general – that have been established throughout the history of Hobart and William Smith. Invested collectively, the funds generate income that supports all aspects of the campus and HWS programs. The Board of Trustees carefully invests the funds and uses a formula to determine the appropriate amount of interest and appreciation (total return) that should be used in any given year. This strategy ensures a balance between the need for current-use dollars and the long-term integrity of the endowment.

There are many options available for consideration when giving to the endowment:

  • Create new, named endowed funds including those that provide scholarly support, student scholarship and enrichment programming, heritage and discretionary funds, to name a few.
  • Support the HWS general endowment fund – at any level – to ensure the ongoing excellence of the Colleges in all areas.

A few examples of endowed funds:

(Dollar amounts are minimums)

Scholarly Support

  • Professorships -- $2 Million
  • Visiting Scholar -- $1.5 Million
  • Academic Honors Program -- $1 Million

Student Support and Enrichment

  • Endowed Scholarship -- $100,000
  • International Study Support -- $100,000
  • Student Research Support -- $100,000
  • Student Internship Support -- $100,000

Other Priorities

  • Heritage Fund – Building Enhancement and Preservation -- $100,000
  • Deans Discretionary Fund  -- $100,000

Support HWS

Make a Gift

If you have any questions about giving to the Colleges, or to give to a designation not listed, please contact Wendy Barnhart at (315) 781-3725 or


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