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Giving at the LBJ School

When the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs was established over 40 years ago, the school’s mission was to produce thinkers and doers: people who dream of progress and turn those dreams into action. That mission has not changed; contributing viable solutions to society is our legacy and trademark.

Financing the ambitious vision of the LBJ School requires resources beyond what is provided by tuition and public funds. That is why we need your help. Gifts to the LBJ School strengthen everything we do, from the quality of the curriculum to graduate fellowships, research opportunities, and student and faculty initiatives. As a donor to the LBJ School, you are investing in the next generation of capable leaders who will go on to tackle the most complex policy problems facing our nation and the world.

Priority Initiatives

The LBJ School has a number of key strategic funding priorities. Your support will help continue the school’s rich legacy of exceptional public policy education.

LBJ Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund support the areas of greatest immediate need at the LBJ School. These current use gifts deliver critical resources to our students and faculty, provide extraordinary educational opportunities, and help the school retain its ranking as one of the best public affairs institutions in the nation. Contributing to the Annual Fund, at any level, is a powerful way to join together with fellow alumni and make a significant impact on the success of the school, year after year.

Gifts to the LBJ School Annual Fund help to:

  • Provide fellowship support to make graduate education affordable for ambitious and motivated students.
  • Foster a dynamic and inspiring learning environment distinguished by faculty members who are respected scholars and practitioners in their fields.
  • Support research that is informed by scholarly and practical policy communities.
  • Ensure professional development and educational travel opportunities for LBJ students and faculty.

LBJ Washington Center

Welcoming its first class to D.C. in the summer of 2016, the LBJ Washington Center is creating a strong physical presence for the LBJ School and The University of Texas in our nation’s capital. Through a unique and rigorous 18-month federal policy curriculum, we are preparing our graduates to work in the complex D.C. policy environment.

There are two ways to support the LBJ Washington Center:

  • A current use gift to the DC Circle will provide immediate support to DC concentration students, faculty, and center programs. Give now to DC Circle.
  • A gift to the endowment will provide support for the LBJ Washington Center every year in perpetuity. With generous leadership support from the LBJ Foundation, including a $1 million challenge gift from Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, your endowment gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, unlocking the power of Luci and Ian’s challenge and doubling the impact of your gift. To make an endowment gift, please contribute through the LBJ Foundation.

Planned Giving

A planned gift, such as a bequest or life income gift, can be set up to address personal financial goals as well as create a meaningful legacy for the LBJ School. A planned gift can be structured as a one-time gift, can be used to fund a permanent endowment, or can be a combination of the two. Please visit UT’s Gift & Estate Planning pages to learn about the many ways a planned gift can help you accomplish your charitable goals or contact Maggie Gilburg for more information.

Endowments

Approximately 30% of the LBJ School’s annual operating expenses are met through income from endowments established by generous donors. Endowment gifts provide permanent support to the LBJ School as the gift principal is invested, never spent. Endowments can be set up for a wide variety of purposes and offer naming opportunities to donors or their honorees. The current minimum funding levels to establish an endowment at The University of Texas at Austin are:

  • Chair $1,000,000
  • Professorship $300,000
  • Faculty Fellowship $150,000
  • Endowed Presidential Graduate Fellowship $100,000
  • Graduate Fellowship $50,000
  • Graduate Research Endowment $40,000
  • General Excellence / Program Support Endowment $25,000
  • Endowed Book Fund $10,000

You can also contribute to an established endowment by selecting one from the Sub Department dropdown menu on the LBJ School’s page of the UT giving portal. Please contact Maggie Gilburg if you would like more information about endowments at the LBJ School.

How to Make a Gift

Gifts to the LBJ School are fully tax deductible. You may make your contribution in the following ways:

  • Make your gift online.
  • Mail in a check made payable to The University of Texas at Austin to the address listed below. Please note your gift's designation to the LBJ School in the memo line. Download the pledge form.
  • Maximize your gift through your employer's matching gift program. Most matches are dollar-for-dollar, effectively doubling the value of your gift. Some companies match the gifts of retirees and spouses, as well as those of active employees.
  • Make a planned gift through your will. Learn more about structuring a gift that will help you honor your values and meet your personal, financial, and estate planning goals.
  • Make a gift of appreciated stock to avoid capital gains and receive a charitable deduction. To ensure proper processing, please contact Charlotte Hambrick in the UT System at 512-499-4300 for more information.
  • Send your contribution via wire transfer. To ensure proper credit of your gift, please contact the LBJ School at 512-471-3004 to request transfer instructions.
  • University employees may give through payroll deduction.

All checks and documentation in support of the LBJ School should be mailed to: 

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
Attn: Development Office
PO Box Y
Austin, TX 78713

For assistance related to any of these gift options or how to make a gift, please contact us at 512-471-3004.

Thank you so much for considering a gift to the LBJ School.