To support the University of South Alabama, balancing current contributions with future growth.
Since 1990, the Foundation has contributed more than $133 Million in support of the University of South Alabama, its students, faculty and academic programs.
$4,449,000 was contributed by the Foundation to the University of South Alabama during
the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.
Continuing the Foundationís mission to support the University, the Foundation purchased Brookley
in response to the Universityís defined most critical and important need, to secure funding for the
expansion of USA Childrenís and Womenís Hospital dedicated in September, 2013. The purchase of
Brookley in November, 2010, allowed the expansion to move forward. To date, the Foundation has
paid $12 Million to the University, with the final two installments to be paid in November, 2013 and
In 2011, the Foundation Board approved a gift of $500,000, to the Excellence Endowments of the College of Engineering and the School of Computing, which will enable funding of activities in those two academic units.
The net assets of the USA Foundation were $298,536,000 at June 30, 2013, compared to $283,761,000
at fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.
Philosophy of Endowment Foundations
The central philosophy of endowment foundations is to assure the purchasing power over the long run of the endowment assets, while supporting the current operating needs of an institution. As David F. Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University, in Pioneering Portfolio Management states:
“Successfully managed endowments retain forever the ability to provide a particular level of institutional support, justifying the classification of endowment funds as permanent assets. Pursuit of long-term asset preservation requires seeking high returns, accepting the accompanying fundamental risk and associated market volatility.”
An endowment foundation balances these two divergent requirements. The Board of Directors of the Foundation evaluates these two forces of endowment accumulation while providing an incremental source of funds to allow the University to be a truly superior one, acting in a prudent manner to meet both objectives.