Your annual gift to the Lehigh Fund helps provide an essential bridge between endowment and tuition revenue and the university’s operating budget.
Every Gift Has Impact
Each and every gift to the Lehigh Fund makes a difference, no matter what the size. Last year, 17,500 donors collectively gave more than $13.7 million to the Lehigh Fund. It would take close to $300 million in endowment to generate that same level of funding for Lehigh students and programs in a single year.
Alumni gifts also count toward Lehigh’s participation rates, which are used by evaluators such as U.S. News and World Report to determine the university’s rankings. An annual gift is an ongoing “vote of support” for Lehigh and the value of your degree.
Where Do the Dollars Go?
Lehigh’s top priority is providing financial aid. Due to the country’s recent economic decline, financial aid needs of students are greater than ever, even as the university’s income from endowment has decreased. Undergraduate financial aid ensures students of the highest caliber are able to attend Lehigh regardless of their financial circumstances. While more than 50 percent of all students continue to receive financial aid, the typical Lehigh financial aid package has increased from $13,668 to $30,528 over the past 10 years. Today’s package covers about half the total cost of a Lehigh education.
Last year, more than $6 million—almost half of all Lehigh Fund dollars—went directly to financial aid to bridge the gap between endowed funding for financial aid and total student need.
You can also choose to direct a gift to the program or project of your choice. Last year, more than 400 academic and student programs received alumni-directed support through the Lehigh Fund.