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
The mission of the LSU Alumni Association is to protect, promote, and foster the welfare of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College and to create and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni and friends. The association, using the talents and resources of alumni and friends of LSU, supports the University in pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service to future and current alumni.
The LSU Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization whose members are graduates, former students, and friends of LSU. Active membership is gained through an annual contribution of $50 or more to the LSU Alumni Annual Fund. Membership benefits include a subscription to LSU Magazine and discounts at the university golf course, selected hotels, and car and moving van rentals. Members may participate in group travel and life insurance, join the Campus Federal Credit Union, and apply for a 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 complimentary one-year membership in the Association.
Alumni gifts generated through the Annual Fund are used to support the operation of its programs of academic excellence, which include Alumni Scholars Program and other academic scholarships, such as alumni professorships and departmental professorships; various other faculty awards; and seminars, workshops, and meetings.
The association, headquartered in the Lod Cook Alumni Center, which officially opened on May 24, 1994, hosts alumni homecoming celebrations, reunions, campus visitations, and chapter programs throughout Louisiana and around the world each year. Awards for outstanding individual achievement and service sponsored by the LSU AA include the LSU Alumnus of the Year, The University's highest alumni honor; the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction; Young Alumnus of the Year; and Chapter Service Awards. Extraordinary philanthropy is recognized and acknowledged with the prestigious Purple and Gold Awards.
The LSU Alumni Association operates the Lod and Carole Cook Conference Center, which opened in October 2001. The 128-room, overnight facility offers first-class accommodations to University visitors. The facility includes 12,000 square feet of meeting space for conferences, seminars, workshops, receptions, lectures, and banquets. Catering is arranged through the association's approved list of caterers. Conference booking and/or individual room reservations can be made by calling toll free 866/610-2665.
Another LSU AA project currently under construction is the Jack and Priscilla Andonie Museum. This sports memorabilia museum will house the extensive Andonie Collection, as well as the LSU Athletic Department's Hall of Honor memorabilia and awards collection, recently donated by the LSU Athletic Department. The museum is being built adjacent to the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
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.LSU FOUNDATION
The LSU Foundation, chartered in 1960, is a nonprofit organization, comprised of some 220 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 2000, the total value of the Foundation's funds was approximately $230 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, and awards programs for faculty, staff, and student achievement. The Foundation is the authorized agency for management of 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 uses. 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
Tiger Athletic Foundation(TAF) members provide support for one of the nation's premier athletic programs. TAF has been an innovative leader in private support for collegiate athletics. Among the recent accomplishments of TAF are the $40 million expansion of Tiger Stadium and the development of the University Club, home course for the LSU Golf teams. TAF is currently restoring and renovating the historic Gym Armory. The project will include the expansion of the Academic Center for Athletes and the construction of a one thousand seat, state-of-the-art auditorium for general campus usage. In 2000, donations to TAF topped the $10 million mark.