The Iowa State University Foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to securing and stewarding private gifts and grants that benefit Iowa State University.
Philanthropy benefitting Iowa State dates back as far as 1899 when former professor and one of Iowa State’s first graduates Edgar Stanton gave Iowa State its first philanthropic gift when he donated the original ten bells of the Campanile. The ISU Foundation and its predecessor organizations have been an important part of the success of Iowa State since that very first gift. For more information on the history of philanthropy at Iowa State University view this video.
In fiscal year 2010-11, the ISU Foundation received more than $100 million in gifts and commitments from more than 39,000 individuals, corporations and foundations, and completed the largest comprehensive campaign in university history, Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose. More than $867 million was generated in support of students, faculty, programs, and facilities.
The ISU Foundation manages an endowment of approximately $480 million, administers about 5,000 gift accounts, and provides related fundraising services to Iowa State and its donors.
The organization is governed by a board of directors made up of 18 members, including the president of Iowa State University. Additionally, the ISU Foundation is served by 150 active governors who provide additional fiduciary oversight and who advocate for Iowa State philanthropy across the country. The ISU Foundation staff is headquartered off campus on University Boulevard next to the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center.