Advancement FAQs | E. J. Ourso College of Business

Office of Advancement

Frequently Asked Questions

State funds finance less than 50% of the operating budget for the university. While state-provided funding and auxiliary enterprises have steadily decreased over the years, tuition increases to compensate for the loss of those funds are impermissible—the E. J. Ourso College is determined to continue to provide a top quality business education that is also affordable. To achieve this goal, the college needs the help of its alumni and friends.

You can double or even triple your gift if your company offers a Corporate Matching Gift Program. To see if your company matches gifts to higher education, contact its human resources office, or go to and type in your company's name. Retired employees and employees' spouses may also be eligible.

​Essentially, the gift given as an endowment is invested and only a portion of the interest is used annually as support. This guarantees a yearly annuity that provides a stable source of funding to support whatever the donor may direct their gift toward.

At LSU, our goal is to earn at least 9 percent annually on an endowment’s principal. About half of the earnings, or roughly 4.5 percent of the principal’s market value, is used to support the program for which the endowed gift is designated. The remainders of the earnings are applied to the principal to keep it growing and to provide a safeguard against the injurious effects of inflation. Therefore, a $1.5 million gift to create an endowed faculty chair would generate about $67,000 per year in spendable income to support that chair. And it does so forever, increasing over time as the endowment principal grows.

LSU’s endowment is significantly less than that of its regional peers. For example, the University of Texas has $96,000 of endowment dollars per student, and the University of Virginia has $103,000 per student. On the other hand, LSU averages $8,000 of endowment per student.

Yes. Many of our alumni make monthly pledge payments on their gifts. For example, if you pledge a $1,000 annual gift, your credit card will be charged $84 once a month.

Visit the Planned Giving page to learn how you can include the college in your estate plans.