University of Memphis Foundation    


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Supporting the Vision of the

University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is an internationally recognized, urban public research university preparing students for success in a diverse, innovative, global environment.

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The University of Memphis Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation chartered in 1964 in the State of Tennessee. The Foundation was formed exclusively to benefit the University of Memphis and accepts, manages and disburses private support to the University.


Fundraising activities are conducted by the University within the Office of Development. Regardless of size, the University of Memphis Foundation manages each gift wisely and ethically under the guidance of financial leaders appointed to help us earn your trust.


Contributions to the Foundation come from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, estates and trusts through current as well as deferred gifts. These gifts and related earnings provide financial support to deserving scholars and support a wide spectrum of University needs.

Public Information Policy:

The Foundation is incorporated as a nonprofit and is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The relationship between the Foundation and the University is set out under a written agreement that expressly recognizes the Foundation as a separate and distinct legal entity and not an agent of the University. The Foundation respects the rights of donors to keep their gifts and personal information private.

The Foundation has provided voluntary disclosure of information on this website. Any requests for information not already disclosed on this website must be submitted in writing to the Foundation. The "Contact Us" link below may also be used.



About Our Investment Firm: Cambridge Associates


Cambridge is a global investment firm that works with endowments and foundations, pensions, private clients, governments and insurance companies to manage custom investment portfolios. With more than 40 years of experience, they understand that non-profits face different challenges and that no two institutions are the same.

Cambridge has $359 billion in assets under advisement for clients and $29.9 billion in assets under management. (12/31/2017) They have experienced investors operating in key financial hubs around the world to source and evaluate opportunities—including many types of alternative assets—with the goal of delivering the best investment ideas to their clients.


The UofM Foundation utilizes the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) model and has a highly qualified Investment Officer and Investment Team assigned to the Foundation from Cambridge.



Endowment funds are critical to ensuring the growth and financial stability of the University of Memphis. Our endowment continues to climb because of YOUR support. Endowments preserve gifts in perpetuity so they can sustain the university’s mission.

Endowment donors have a unique opportunity to watch their gifts transform lives, knowing that their investment will strengthen the university and impact lives for future Tigers.


Endowments created at the University of Memphis allow donors to:

  • Make a lasting impact on the University of Memphis

  • Support their passion with lasting support

  • Establish a legacy to honor someone close to them

  • Enhance the impact of higher education while “paying it forward” for generations to come


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