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Why Your Support Matters

Your gifts support the students and professors who will keep Lehigh University among the nation’s premier research universities for decades to come. Through your generosity, Lehigh’s impact can be felt around the world: through research that uncovers new knowledge, through students and alumni who become leaders in their professions and communities, and through programs that tackle grand challenges in every continent of the globe.


Impact of Your Yearly Support

Whether you make an annual gift to the Lehigh Fund, a contribution to one of Lehigh's capital projects, or a donation designated to a particular college or program, your generosity has immediate impact on the university. Gifts of current operating support give the university the resources to be able to respond to the latest opportunities and priorities, making Lehigh agile and competitive.

About the Lehigh Fund

Annual giving to the Lehigh Fund has an immediate effect that is unmatched even by gifts from endowment. Your gift, no matter what the size, makes the experience of today’s Lehigh students the best it has ever been. Because they are pooled with many gifts from dedicated alumni, parents, and friends, your gifts enhance the Lehigh student experience with scholarships, student programming, out-of-classroom education, curriculum enhancements, and more.
Your support benefits you too. Alumni participation in annual giving increases national rankings and the university’s overall reputation, and therefore increases the value of a degree. Lehigh is a better place because of people like you who truly care about the university and its mission. We couldn’t do it without you.


About the Office of Economic Engagement

Strategic relationships connect Lehigh's educational mission with the goals of valuable community and industry partners with great impact for both your organization and the university. 
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Impact of Endowment

When you contribute to the endowment, you strengthen the permanent capital of Lehigh. Your gift establishes an enduring legacy that will benefit students and faculty in perpetuity. Thanks to increasingly generous philanthropy and strategic, prudent investments, Lehigh’s endowment has grown dramatically over the past decade. Even in difficult economic times, endowed gifts strengthen Lehigh in several ways:

  • Endowment for scholarships gives Lehigh the resources to compete for the best students. Financial aid remains the single greatest challenge facing schools across the country, including Lehigh, as they seek to temper the expense of tuition with generous scholarships.
  • Endowment for chairs and professorships allows Lehigh to compete for the best faculty. Faculty endowment brings leading scholars and researchers to Lehigh where they invigorate the entire academic enterprise with their expertise.
  • Endowment funds for facilities build our scholarly and research reputation by providing students and faculty with top-notch facilities, including laboratory and performing arts space, high-tech classrooms, access to libraries and archives, athletics and student life facilities, and more.

Endowment represents an investment in the university’s future as well as a personal legacy, as it can be made in the name of an individual, relative, or even a special faculty member.