At the University of Rochester, endowed gifts fuel the areas our donors are most passionate about, ensuring they remain intact forever. Such giving creates your legacy, and it strengthens ours.

Endowment Overview

The University of Rochester’s endowment—the largest component of the University’s Long Term Investment Pool (“LTIP”)—provides perpetual annual support for student financial aid, faculty salaries, facility improvements and academic programs.

Fiscal Year Reports

Performance of the LTIP has exceeded the benchmark, net annualized, for one, three, five, and ten year periods. Ten year LTIP performance of 8.8% net annualized is above the 7.5% annual return on the benchmark.


Rochester’s LTIP is allocated to both publicly traded investments (domestic and international equities and fixed income) and alternative investments that do not trade on public markets.

Endowments Matter

Among the most enduring institutions in the world, universities fuel progress in scholarship, research, and health care. They educate tomorrow’s leaders and improve the quality of life for people around the world.

At the University of Rochester, our endowment provides the financial foundation to perpetually support what is most essential here—our students and faculty, our vast health care network, and our continued excellence in our schools and programs. It also helps sustain the rich variety of music, art, health care, and educational programs that serve our University community and the Greater Rochester region.

Since 1849, when founding Trustee John Wilder started a campaign to establish an endowment at the University of Rochester—leading the effort with a gift of $10,000—continuous growth of the endowment has remained critical to the University’s future and to our mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better.