Drew’s mission is to graduate students who are prepared to participate in
and contribute to our world as informed and thoughtful citizens.
Annual Fund. Enabling the University to fulfill its mission, year after year.
Drew has long been recognized as a school where every student is known and every professor dedicated to teaching. The average class at Drew has just 17 students, and 100% of classes are taught by professors.
This kind of high-impact education is expensive to provide, but tuition doesn’t begin to cover what Drew spends for faculty compensation, academic programs, and campus infrastructure. The Annual Fund provides the resources needed to offer the kind of educational experience that is fundamental to Drew’s reputation.
Enhance the Drew Name
The percentage of graduates who make a charitable donation to Drew each year, known as alumni participation, is one statistic used by prospective students and potential funders to evaluate the strength and spirit of the university:
- Corporations and foundations want to know how many graduates support Drew before they will consider awarding a grant. It is an indication of alumni commitment to the university that means their additional investment is worthwhile.
- Alumni participation is seen as a measure of satisfaction in the university, and sends a signal to prospective new students that they may also have a rewarding experience at Drew.
Donor Recognition. Acknowledging the commitment and loyalty of our supporters.
Drew gratefully recognizes the loyalty and commitment of alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and friends of the university through the following donor recognition societies. Each year the university publishes The Honor Roll of Donors report to celebrate the contributions of the community to Drew’s important educational mission.
In 1870 the McClintock Association began a fund raising campaign at Drew, which raised scholarship support in honor of John McClintock, Drew’s first president. Today the President’s Circle recognizes donors who have made cumulative lifetime gifts of $100,000 or more to the university.
The list of donors who belong to the President’s Circle is an honor roll of Drew’s most far-sighted and generous friends – friends who, over the years, have provided leadership to Drew’s various fund-raising campaigns, establishing scholarships, supporting programs, and funding buildings that have enabled the university to provide students with an exceptional education.
The New Founders Society links Drew’s current benefactors to its early philanthropists, Daniel Drew and Arthur and Leonard Baldwin, whose vision and generosity established the university as we know it today. The New Founders Society gratefully recognizes alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and friends of the university who have provided for Drew through a bequest or life income gift, or who have named Drew as beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account.
Long before there was a Drew University, villagers in Bottle Hill, NJ called the oak woodland west of town The Forest. With clubs that reflect this heritage, the Drew Society honors present-day donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the University in the Forest, including corporate matching gifts.
The longevity and strength of a forest can be measured by counting the consecutive rings of its member trees, a process that is known as dendrochronology. Drew’s forest is no exception; here the rings are the dedicated alumni, parents, friends and organizations that sustain its growth year after year. The Dendros Society recognizes consecutive giving at any level by Drew’s most loyal supporters.
The Blue & Green Club is the official booster club of Ranger Athletics and helps provide the resources Drew needs to be a leader among NCAA Division III programs. The Blue & Green Club gives alumni, parents and friends an opportunity to play an active role in supporting our outstanding student-athletes.
Endowment. Funds invested in perpetuity, providing scholarship, faculty and program resources.
By endowing a scholarship, internship or fellowship, you will support Drew’s mission. Such generosity is both an investment in the worth of Drew as an institution and in qualified students whose lives will be forever transformed.
These endowed funds are invested to provide both current student assistance and long-term growth to protect against inflation. Ideally, unrestricted funding allows Drew to make the best use of endowment monies, but donors may stipulate criteria for awarding the funds.
The minimum levels to start a named endowment in these areas are:
- $50,000 | Internship
- $75,000 | Undergraduate research fellowship
- $100,000 | Scholarship
- $400,000 | Graduate fellowship
An endowed professorship, chair or deanship is awarded to faculty members who have distinguished themselves through their work in the classroom and respective academic disciplines. Providing funding for research and course development is another significant sign of support for their work. Enabling Drew to grant this distinction helps support the recruitment and retention of outstanding teachers and scholars.
Endowed faculty positions and research support are funded in perpetuity with revenue from an invested account designated for that purpose.
The minimum levels to start a named endowment in these areas are:
- $100,000–$500,000 | Faculty and research development
- $2.5M | Professorship
- $3M | Chair
- $5M | Deanship
International and Experiential Programs
For over 50 years, thousands of students have explored the world through Drew’s Center for Global Education (formerly International and Off-Campus Programs). Semester-long programs in New York and London, along with Drew International Seminars, have enabled them to gain a global perspective and hands-on experience, leading to prestigious internships and clearly defined career paths. As crucial as these programs are for students in a globally connected age, they are also financially out of reach for many.
The minimum level to start a named endowment in this area is:
- $2.5M | International and experiential programs
The highest funding priority for Drew University is to build the endowment so that we may offer competitive scholarships to prospective students and continue to develop outstanding programs of study.
Endowment gifts not only provide crucial support for the university, but can also create a permanent legacy for the donor or person honored through a tribute gift.
Endowed internships, scholarships and professorships support Drew’s goal to attract and retain scholarly, creative faculty who teach effectively and intellectually prepared students who want to learn. All endowed funds make the university more fiscally sound by providing a steady source of revenue and relieving the operating budget.
The minimum levels needed to establish named endowed funds are listed in this chart. These funds may be created over three to five years by establishing a pledge that is filled incrementally with annual payments.
|$100,000 – $500,000||Faculty Research/Visiting Scholar|
|$2.5 million||Faculty Chair|
Talk to Us
To learn more about endowed opportunities, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 973-408-3226 or 800-979-DREW.
Parents Fund. Through family support, ensuring and enriching the student experience.
Families can enrich their student’s experience at Drew with a gift to The Parents Fund. Since tuition revenue provides only a portion of the total expense of a Drew education, gifts from alumni, families and friends of the university are vital. Your gift is put to work immediately to ensure the best Drew experience for all students.
Ways to Give. Make a pledge, honor a professor, plan a gift that pays you income and more.
There are many different ways you can donate to the University. Please take a look at the topics below for more information.
The most immediate impact comes from outright gifts. Learn more about how to send Drew a check, credit card, appreciated security, or matching gift donation.
Some gifts require special planning. These planned gifts can allow a donor to make a significant gift to Drew, generate a charitable income-tax deduction, provide life-income, and reduce estate and gift taxes. Planned gifts include bequests, life income gifts, life insurance, retirement accounts, and real estate. Learn more about the different types of planned gifts.
A pledge is a promise to pay your charitable gift at a future date. You can also spread out pledge payments with an installment plan. Learn more about how to make a pledge to Drew.
Any gift to Drew can be made in honor of, or in memory of, a professor, alumnus/a or other special person. Learn more about tribute gifts.
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