Alumni Relations ! Development
Private support of Louisiana State University and A&M College is led by a consortium of three independent foundations, each with its own governing board, staff, and unique mission.
In addition, many academic units of the University have volunteer development councils and "friends" groups who focus on the special interests of the units.
LSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Lod Cook Alumni Center
The LSU Alumni Association, a nonprofit organization whose members are graduates, former students, or friends of LSU, is dedicated to helping the University through world-wide chapter programs, maintaining alumni data records, student recruiting, student aid, information programs, and the Annual Fund.
The association is housed in the Lod Cook Alumni Center, which was officially opened on May 20, 1994.
Active membership is gained through an annual contribution of $35 or more to the LSU Alumni Association. Membership benefits include a subscription to LSU Magazine and discounts at the LSU Golf Course, selected hotels, car and moving van rentals, and long distance telephone service (commercial and residential). Members may participate in group travel and life insurance, join the Campus Federal Credit Union, and apply for the no annual fee LSU Alumni Association Gold or Platinum Plus MasterCard. In addition, members are entitled to limited use of some University facilities. All graduates receive a free one-year membership in the association.
Alumni gifts generated through the Annual Fund are used to support the Alumni Scholars Program and other academic scholarships of $250 to $3,600 annually; Alumni Professorships of $5,000 annually; student jobs; various other faculty awards; and seminars, workshops, and meetings.
Homecoming celebrations, reunions, campus visitations, and chapter programs throughout Louisiana and around the world are planned each year by the association. Alumni recognition programs include the LSU Alumnus/ Alumna of the Year, the University's highest alumni honor, and the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. Extraordinary philanthropy is recognized and acknowledged with the prestigious Purple and Gold Awards.
The Alumni Association, organized on both academic and geographic lines, offers membership in local area chapters and academic affiliate chapters. The association's Board of Directors formulates policy for the association. Additional information concerning membership in the Alumni Association, any of its subsidiaries, or its programs may be obtained from the LSU Alumni Association.
The LSU Foundation, chartered in 1960, is a nonprofit organization of some 200 business, professional, and civic leaders who are concerned with the welfare and development of LSU. The Foundation is governed by its board of directors and operated by its staff.
The LSU Foundation fosters philanthropic support of the colleges and schools of the University, including capital gifts for endowments, facilities, art, special programs of educational excellence, and unrestricted funds for the highest priority needs of the University. The Foundation serves three units of the LSU System: LSU and A&M College, LSU Agricultural Center, and LSU Law Center.
The LSU Foundation also manages most of the endowed funds and other assets donated by private individuals, corporations, and organizations for the benefit of the University. In June 1999 the total value of the Foundationís funds was approximately $200 million. The Foundation invests the funds for the benefit of some 2,000 accounts for specific purposes in the various colleges, schools and departments of the University.
Capital gifts made through the LSU Foundation have provided many enhancements that would not have been available otherwise, including endowed chairs and professorships, distinguished lecture series, endowed scholarships, library resources, works of art, laboratory equipment, computers and other educational technology, awards programs for faculty, staff, and student achievement. The Foundation is the authorized agency for managing the 40 percent matching grants for chair and professorship endowments provided by the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund.
Anyone interested in supporting the academic programs of the University is encouraged to consider gifts of assets in the form of cash, securities, real estate, equipment, works of art, animals, and rare books and papers. The gifts may be designated for the highest priority needs of the University or a department, or may be restricted to specific purposes. Endowments may be named by the donor. Gifts may also be included in the estate plans of individuals, using wills, trusts, insurance policies, and other planning methods. Gifts to the LSU Foundation are tax-deductible charitable contributions as allowed by law. Further information and confidential consultation may be obtained from the staff of the LSU Foundation.
TIGER ATHLETIC FOUNDATION
The Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF), a private, nonprofit corporation, is the central fund raising organization supporting LSU athletics. Its mission is to facilitate the development of a comprehensively superior athletic program.
Unrestricted contributions benefit every athlete and team through scholarship and other academic awards, as well as through the construction and maintenance of athletic facilities.
The foundation is administered by its own board of directors, comprised of TAF donors who meet quarterly. Officers are elected bi-annually.