Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


The Southwestern Fund

Making a gift to The Southwestern Fund is an investment in the future of Texas’ oldest institution of higher education—one that has been engaging minds and transforming lives for nearly 175 years.


Your Gift Matters

At Southwestern, the vision and generosity of generations of leaders have built one of the top liberal arts universities in the country. The University continues today through the many gifts made by alumni, parents, community members, corporations and foundations. Approximately 60 percent of Southwestern donors make gifts to The Southwestern Fund each fiscal year, helping the University to remain nationally competitive, to continue to offer exceptional educational opportunities, and to attract additional outside funding for things like new programs, faculty resources and student scholarships. 

What is The Southwestern Fund?

The Southwestern Fund provides vital support for scholarships, faculty development,library resources, technology in the classroom and other priority needs on the Southwestern campus. The fund is unrestricted so gifts may be used where they will benefit students and faculty in the most significant and most immediate way. For this reason, The Southwestern Fund provides the best vehicle for small to mid-level gifts. For example, a gift of $100 to The Southwestern Fund functions within an annual budget equivalent to a $2,000 gift to the endowment since spending on endowment is generally limited to interest earned in order to protect the endowment corpus.

Find out more about how The Southwestern Fund meets Southwestern’s most pressing priorities.

How is money raised for The Southwestern Fund?

Funds are raised through direct donations from alumni and friends of the University and through a variety of other programs, including the Parent Leadership Gift Council, the President’s Council, and a student-led phonathon program. Alumni, parents and community members may receive various mailings, emails and phone calls during the year encouraging your gifts to The Southwestern Fund and other campus projects that advance the Southwestern Experience.

Why support The Southwestern Fund?

Every gift, regardless of size, is needed to reach our annual goals. Large or small, each gift helps Southwestern students. Your participation in The Southwestern Fund also helps the University attract larger gifts and grants from foundations. Confirm your belief in the mission and vision of the University by making your gift now: