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Make the Jackson School part of your philanthropic plan.

We invite you to make an annual gift to sustain our most immediate needs and challenges, create an endowment to direct your giving to a specific area now and in the future and plan your legacy with the Jackson School.

All gifts make a difference. Foundation staff members are available to help you understand how your gifts make an impact and provide the most meaning for you and your family.


Annual fund gifts are the cornerstone of academic philanthropy. Their importance cannot be overstated.


  • $50 prints a poster
  • $100 covers registration for a professional conference
  • $250 covers thesis binding
  • $500 funds professional development travel
  • $1,000 buys classroom and field equipment

Consistent alumni support is also the hallmark of a great institution. We want the Jackson School to have the highest level of alumni giving participation on campus. In 2007, our participation rate was 8 percent. The standard for a networked profession such as geology is 15 to 20 percent. Help us reach this goal.

Each gift is critical to advancing the educational mission of the Jackson School. Many employers provide a charitable match, immediately doubling your gift. Ask your company HR representative for more information.

Endowments at The University of Texas at Austin are a sound investment in a better future. With an endowed gift, you provide permanent support for the University. Your gift is invested — never spent — and each year a distribution, like dividends on a mutual fund account, is made to your chosen program or area. Investment earnings above the dividend rate help the endowment value grow over time, to keep pace with inflation and maintain your endowment’s spending power.

You may take up to five years to fund an endowment, and once it is officially established, you or anyone else may continue to add to its principal at any time. Moreover, by selecting the title of your endowment, you can forever link your name, or that of a family member, friend, or organization, to scholarly excellence at the University.

Various types of endowments are listed below, but endowments can cover other purposes that may fall outside of these general categories:

  • Student Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships enable the University to attract and recognize the best undergraduate and graduate students regardless of their financial circumstances. Your assistance allows students to concentrate on their coursework while participating more fully in extracurricular programs that will enhance their personal development. Gift Level:$25,000 to $1000,000
  • Program Endowments and Excellence Funds support excellence in specific or general programs throughout the University. You can choose to support the area in which you earned your degree or another program that interests you. Gift Level:$25,000 and above
  • Chairs and Professorships are awarded to deans, department chairs, and outstanding faculty. These endowments are crucial to the University’s efforts to recruit and retain the best teachers, researchers, and administrators. When you read or hear a news story about a UT professor’s groundbreaking research or other achievements, that professor is probably the recipient of endowment support. Gift Level:$1MM to $300K

The impact of endowments cannot be overstated. They provide long term support to achieve the visions and dreams of our students, faculty and research scientists. An endowment of $1MM provides approximately $45K in annual program support. We suggest consideration of higher endowment levels to assure that the impact of your philanthropy is effectively felt within the Jackson School.

Like the leaders and supporters who have gone before, you can choose to develop a philanthropic plan that will ensure a secure future for the Jackson School and its students. By including the Jackson School in your retirement and estate planning you can diminish tax burdens while supporting students and faculty.

Charitable gift annuities, which provide immediate fixed payments for life, with the remaining funds distributed to the Jackson School, offer one option.

Or you may find it more attractive to do a charitable remainder trust that converts significant appreciated assets into cash payments while eliminating capital gains taxes. If created through your will, this is one of the best ways to roll over qualified retirement-plan assets to leave more for both your heirs and your charitable interests.

You can get started today, using the UT Estate and Gift Planning Web.

For more information, please contact Belle German at 512-471-1993 or Karen Cochran at 512-471-6010.

Four ways to give to JSG:

  • Contact the Geology Foundation
    JSG Dean and Foundation Director Sharon Mosher and Director of Development Belle German can offer overviews of various support options.

Make your gift work double time. Gifts from current JSG students and recent grads (May 2009 to present) will be matched—dollar for dollar—by the Jackson School. Any gift to the Jackson School—from $20 up to $3000—is eligible.

It is simple. Just send in a gift and it will automatically be matched. No paperwork, no hassle and you will have twice the impact.

Consider Derek Sawyer, Ph.D. ’10, who valued his time at UT Austin and wanted to make a contribution. “I wasn’t sure my small gift was going to make a difference. It was a no-brainer to donate when I found out a modest amount would be immediately doubled,” says Sawyer. But Derek didn’t stop there. He accessed ExxonMobil’s 3:1 company match growing his gift even further.

Consider this:
• $50 prints a research poster
• $200 helps pay for books
• $1,000 buys field camp equipment

Those same contributions MATCHED:
• $100 pays entry to a research conference
• $400 pays for thesis binding
• $2,000 pays a student’s field camp tuition

Get even more bang for your buck. Check out to learn if your company provides a match, or ask your HR rep.


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