Endowment Building

An endowment fund can put your organization on a more secure footing for the future, and help smooth out revenue fluctuations.

Endowment Building

Endowments can have a significant impact on your organization’s sustainability, because they provide a steady stream of revenue. Endowment income helps you fill operating fund gaps, and can also provide income to cover unplanned expenses.

Twenty-five years ago, endowment was considered to be the hardest part of fundraising. That changed when the “greatest generation” started transferring their wealth in 1998. This transfer is expected to last until 2052. These donors care about preserving institutions and creating a legacy. Thus endowment building is a strategically significant part of today’s fundraising landscape.

There are many ways to build your endowment fund, including campaigns, planned giving, and directed annual fund gifts.

We partner with you to:

  • Identify an appropriate amount of endowment for your organization
  • Explore the options for financial stewardship of those funds (such as an investment committee, outside investment advisor, or community foundation)
  • Evaluate community support for an endowment campaign (see our Campaign Services above for more details)
  • Create and promote a planned giving program that allows donors to leave legacy gifts to your endowment fund (see Planned Giving Services below for more information)

An endowment fund can put your organization on a more secure footing for the future, and help smooth out revenue fluctuations. Find out what endowment building has done for some of our clients.

Learn more about our Endowment Building services

Endowment Leadership

Sandi Frost Steensma | President and Chief Executive Officer

“USDA Rural Development provided the capital to build our facilities; however, we needed an effective, organized and successful fundraising campaign for our equipment and information technology needs. Running a campaign in northern Michigan is challenging because of the seasonal population.  Kennari ensured a timely and efficient process. They were instrumental in maintaining enthusiasm with donors every step of the way. We are thrilled with the results and with how efficiently we completed the work.”

Rod Nelson
President and CEO