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Your investment in the Hope College endowment is an investment in Hope’s future.

Welcome to the future of Hope. This is a place where people recognize that college costs too much. It’s a place working toward positive change for our students. Here at Hope, we aspire to take barriers like high tuition away, and instead provide a life changing, tuition-free education for every student. We are turning the higher education business model on its head as we move Hope forward! 

Our endowment generates a permanent source of income that is used to provide financial aid to — and is beginning to fully-fund tuition for — students, expand student-faculty research opportunities, continue academic initiatives, recruit and retain exceptional faculty and support programs for generations. In so doing Hope teaches its students the power of helping others, demonstrating faith at work. 

Establishing an endowment is a philanthropic, generous act that benefits everyone, but especially Hope students. It is a model of generosity, which shows students and the community what Hope forward can do in a person’s life and challenges them to do the same. 

Your gift can be designated to support specific work that is meaningful to you, or it can be unrestricted, making it a resource for timely or critical priorities and opportunities. Connect with someone today to learn more.

Endowment Funding Opportunities


A gift to the Hope College endowment will last and grow for a lifetime and benefit students for generations to come. Gifts of any size are able to go to the endowment, and there are opportunities to support existing endowed funds, like scholarships, based on your interests and the amount of your investment. You can make a one-time gift or a multi-year commitment. Give to a scholarship, or give to what you love; both will help the Hope Forward goal come to fruition.

Learn More About Hope Forward


Endowed Scholarship Funds

Help keep Hope affordable and accessible. A scholarship fund is considered endowed once it reaches a balance of at least $25,000.

Learn more about Generations of Hope 

Endowed Professorships and Chairs

Help Hope attract and retain outstanding teacher-scholars. A contribution of $1 million allows Hope to fully recognize our most distinguished faculty and staff in innovative research and sabbatical activity. A contribution of $2 million recruits and creates a new position on the faculty.

Endowed Lectureships

Help Hope continue its rich tradition of fostering debate and discourse. An endowed lectureship helps attract nationally renowned speakers. Investments toward an endowed lectureship begin at $100,000.

Faculty Development Funds

Help Hope faculty engage in research within their field of study. Our faculty are active, engaged scholars who encourage the intellectual excitement essential to a lifetime of learning. Investments toward faculty development funds begin at $100,000.

Student-Faculty Research Funds

Help Hope continue as a national leader in collaborative student-faculty research and creative activity. Investments toward student-faculty research funds begin at $100,000.

General Endowment Named Funds

Help Hope further its mission by creating funding opportunities that speak to your personal interests and passions. Investments toward general endowment or named funds begin at $25,000.

Questions about making an endowment gift? Contact a staff member for more information.