Campaign Overview

Mizzou combines a land-grant mission of service to Missouri citizens with a research mission focused on innovation and discovery. In the center of our state and our nation — and connected to all parts of our ever-shrinking globe — Mizzou works to discover root causes to global challenges and to find solutions through the work of our brilliant faculty, the creative energy of our students and the application of our unique assets and resources.

There are many charities and organizations worthy of philanthropic investment. But when we invest in the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign, we contribute to changing students' lives and addressing real-world issues.

To make the best use of the generosity of our alumni and friends, we have identified three priorities for the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign:

  • Endowment
  • Signature Centers and Institutes
  • Campus Renaissance

Taken as a whole, these priorities represent the path to securing Mizzou's standing as one of the nation's elite public universities.

Campaign Priorities


The fiscal health of a university is measured by its endowment. A robust endowment translates to excellence year after year, regardless of fluctuations in the economy or the level of state support. In order to remain competitive in all areas, MU must raise our endowment from $820 million to more than $1 billion.

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Signature Centers and Institutes

Great centers and institutes combine donor passions and Mizzou strengths. True leaders only invest in excellence, as we have seen with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. Several more centers and institutes on the horizon will take advantage of Mizzou's unique combination of expertise and resources.

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Campus Renaissance

Mizzou simply cannot achieve global leadership in research and teaching without enhancements to campus. We will seek to maximize the impact of private support by securing matching funds from the State of Missouri wherever possible. We already have seen tremendous progress on this front with building projects such as the Lafferre Hall renovation, the new School of Music Building and the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business's Applied Learning Center.

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