Thank you for considering support of a scholarship at the University of Colorado Denver. The generosity of donors like you can prove life-changing to students who rely on scholarship awards to pursue their passions at CU Denver and earn their degrees. As a donor to CU Denver, you ignite a partnership in which you provide the resources that help students fulfill their potential while we ensure that your gift is managed responsibly and effectively.
Gifts made to the University of Colorado Denver are managed by the nonprofit University of Colorado Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that works collaboratively with the university to manage and invest private support on behalf of CU Denver.
Outright gifts make up the majority of contributions to CU, and encompass the following gift types: cash, stocks and bonds, real estate, tangible personal property, matching gifts or gifts-in-kind. In general, outright gifts qualify for an immediate income tax deduction.
Endowments are gifts that keep on giving and serve as a reliable long-term funding source that supports a designated purpose at CU in perpetuity. The principle amount of an endowed fund is permanently invested by the University of Colorado Foundation in its Long Term Investment Pool (LTIP), generating interest income that is then used to fund the purpose designated by the donor. You may establish a scholarship endowment with a minimum commitment of $25,000, which can be paid over time, up to five years.
A planned gift refers to a wide array of customizable giving mechanisms that may blend current and future commitments, maximize tax and estate factors, and optimize your current cash flow or finances. Common planned gift types include:
Charitable gift annuities
Charitable remainder trusts
Learn more at our Gift Planning website.
A blended gift refers to a gift that includes a current gift combined with any of the planned giving instruments noted above. Blended gifts are attractive to those who wish to make a significant impact on future students through their estate plans while providing near-term support to today’s students.
CU Denver Loyal is a recognition program that honors individuals who give consistently over time to the university. Donors who make consecutive annual gifts receive special recognition at milestones ranging from 3 to 30 years.
Donors who reach lifetime giving milestones of $500 and $1,000 also receive special recognition. To express our gratitude, we are very proud to acknowledge Loyal donors with tokens of appreciation specially designed by CU Denver’s creative and talented students and alumni.
CU welcomes those who have informed the university of their plans for future estate gifts to become members of the CU Heritage Society, a prestigious group of supporters who engage in meaningful ways across the CU campuses. The university is both inspired by and grateful for the legacy gifts that Heritage Society members provide to support CU.
The Heritage Society hosts a luncheon each spring.
The Benson Society recognizes individuals and private/family foundations that donate $1 million or more to the university. The society is named for Bruce Benson, who served as CU president from 2008 to 2017. He and his wife, Marcy, chaired two comprehensive fundraising campaigns for CU, Creating Futures (which exceeded its $1.5 billion goal in 2013) and Beyond Boundaries (which exceeded its $1 billion goal in 2003). The university set fundraising records in each year of Benson’s presidency. Bruce Benson is an alumnus of CU, having earned his geology degree in 1964.
The Benson Society’s signature event is an annual awards and induction ceremony held each spring.
The University of Colorado Foundation’s Long Term Investment Pool (LTIP)—which includes endowments the Foundation holds for the benefit of the University of Colorado—generated strong fiscal year performance. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, the LTIP returned +6.51% compared to the median +5.5% return from peer institutions with at least $500 million in assets.
As of June 30, 2019, the LTIP was valued at $1.83 billion. The value of endowments invested for the benefit of CU is a subset of the LTIP, totaling $1.45 billion.
The LTIP’s longer-term results show a consistent track record of investment success, in line with the Foundation’s goal of maximizing returns over an extended time period while effectively managing risk. Achieving this objective is critical given CU’s long-term educational mission. Faculty, students and programs on all four university campuses rely on consistent funding streams from the LTIP for years to come. As of June 30, 2019, the LTIP’s 3-year annualized investment performance was +10.8%, its 5-year performance was +6.5% and its 10-year performance was +9.6%.
For complete financial statements from the CU Foundation, please see the Foundation's website.