Endowment Stewardship

The UB Foundation is proud to manage a sizable endowment on behalf of the university. This endowment — which consists primarily of funds donated for the benefit of UB through the years — is designed to support the UB community in perpetuity by providing a long-term source of expendable funds for UB students, faculty and staff.

An exponential impact at UB — and around the world

The endowment is a critical funding source for the university, ensuring the availability of resources for years to come, and allowing for countless enhancements that help make UB a premier, research-intensive public university. Through the endowment, the UB Foundation provides:

  • Professorships and chairs for world-renowned faculty
  • Scholarships to recruit and retain talented students
  • Life-saving research
  • World-class library collections
  • Teaching excellence awards
  • Specialized laboratories
  • Improvements throughout the physical campus

Total Endowment

Number of Endowment Funds

Committed to growing the endowment for
the benefit of UB

Within the endowment, hundreds of funds — and hundreds of millions of dollars — directly support student scholarships, fellowships, awards and other key initiatives.

Donor-Designated Purpose of Endowment Funds

A long history of competitive returns

For more than 50 years, the endowment has provided UB with a relatively predictable, constant and stable source of funds. By using successful long-term investment strategies, our investment committee and full-time staff focus on maximizing the total investment return while preserving the inflation-adjusted purchasing power of the portfolio. This approach enables us to consistently produce appropriate returns, even as the endowment value fluctuates due to ever-changing market conditions. In keeping with best practices, only the returns on the principal are made available for spending; the endowment principal is protected and invested in order to ensure the buying power stays consistent over the years.

Managed in accordance with each donor’s wishes

At the UB Foundation, we are grateful for the generosity of donors, and proud to serve as responsible stewards of the endowment. We strive to meet the intent of each and every donor, communicate with them in a way that is consistent with best practices, and honor their wishes in perpetuity.

IMPACT STORIES

  • Fueling the Freshman Experience

    The UB Foundation manages scholarship funds for the benefit of UB, enabling students to take advantage of unique opportunities and experiences.

  • Enhancing Education, Research and Clinical Care

    By helping to support endowed chairs, we play a role in attracting some of the world's top researchers and leaders to UB--including Anne B. Curtis, MD.

  • Sparking Innovation

    The UB Foundation manages the endowment that funded the Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition.

  • Promoting Global Conversations

    The Distinguished Speakers Series, supported by an endowment that we manage, brings speakers of national and international renown to campus several times a year.

  • Searching For Cures

    At the UB Foundation, we are proud of our role in managing endowed chairs that attract world‐renowned researchers and scholars to UB—including James D. Bangs.

  • Leading International Research

    Gil Wolfe is an internationally known expert in myasthenia gravis (MG), the most common disease of neuromuscular transmission.

  • Creating New Compositions

    An internationally recognized composer thrives at UB, thanks in part to our key role in supporting an endowed chair.

  • Attracting the Best

    Endowed chairs bring some of the world's leading scholars to UB, and are made possible in large part by the gift stewardship services that we provide.

  • Strengthening UB's Ability to Share World-Class Collections

    A home for UB's permanent art collections and the lead facility for UB's museum studies program–the Anderson Gallery is owned by the UB Foundation.

  • Supporting Life-Saving Research

    The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences can attract and retain leading researchers, in part because of the gift stewardship services offered through the UB Foundation.