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Ways to Give

The reasons to support Metropolitan State University of Denver are personal and varied. Some donors are alumni and are in a position to give back to the University. Other donors are interested in setting up a planned gift to benefit Roadrunners for generations to come. And still, other donors are simply drawn to the University because of their passion for education and the opportunities MSU Denver provides to its students and the community.

When you choose to support MSU Denver, you determine what type of gift is appropriate for you and how it will be used. Your support can come in many different ways, whether through time, treasure, or talent. While most individuals chose to provide some form of monetary contribution, there are other ways to get involved with the University and support your area of interest.

We’re here to help you find the best method for you and your family. Let’s work together to create a culture of philanthropy and continue providing exceptional opportunities throughout the MSU Denver community.

There are various ways you can give.

Hundreds of privately funded scholarships are offered to students every year based on academics, achievement and financial need.

MSU Denver remains committed to supporting a wide-range of students who have a passion for learning and a desire to
maximize their professional opportunities. 

Scholarships provide direct support for student success and help lower the burden of financial aid. With more than 63 percent of students—over 14,000—receiving financial aid in the fall of 2013, the need for additional scholarship contributions is ongoing. 

When you support current or create new scholarship opportunities, you are making the difference between now and someday for students in need of financial support. With the least expensive tuition of the largest four-year universities in Colorado offering undergraduate degrees, MSU Denver provides an educational value like no other in the state. Because of this fact, your contribution to support scholarships can do more.  

While gifts of any amount can be made to support current scholarships, you can create an endowed scholarship with a gift of $25,000 or more. Additionally, named scholarships may be established with a gift of $5,000 or more, annually.

University Advancement can arrange a site visit for you and members of your company or organization to tour campus and discuss partnership opportunities.

Partnerships and strategic alliances with stakeholders in the community continue to transform MSU Denver. Through corporate and private foundation philanthropy and strategic investments, you provide support that benefits all areas of the University and is essential to its path toward preeminence.

Company Matching Gifts

Many employers match gifts made to nonprofit organizations, including universities. Check with your employer about a matching gift to MSU Denver and double the impact of your gift or search here.

Corporate Philanthropy

Through corporate donations, you can facilitate partnerships that benefit both MSU Denver and your company. Give an unrestricted gift to help fund programs with the greatest need or align your gift with a specific program that supports your company’s mission.


Reach your target audience while demonstrating your dedication to building MSU Denver. Sponsoring a special event or program draws attention from both the media and the community.

Corporate Foundation Grants

Investments from corporate giving programs play a critical role in building preeminent programs across the MSU Denver campus.


The Transform Tomorrow campaign is scholarship campaign to being the next 50 years.  The campaign will raise $6 million in scholarships to provide nearly 2,000 scholarships for recruitment, retention and graduation of our students. Our opportunity is to continue doing what we do best but on a greater scale—graduate workforce-ready students into our local communities. Contact: Lora Hansen or call (303) 556-5140.

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HLC Hospitality Learning Center

Our newly created Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center offers a unique, experiential education thanks to an on-campus Spring Hill Suites, a full-service, 150-room hotel with conference and restaurant amenities. One of only 11 campus-based hotels in the country and the only one in Colorado, this facility enables us to train Colorado’s most diverse student body to become skilled hospitality managers. Contact: Steve Galpern or call (303) 556-5109.

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Athletic Complex

MSU Denver is transforming a blighted plot in Denver’s inner city into the Regency Athletic Complex, providing outstanding recreational opportunities to MSU Denver students and to the local community. Contact: Ran Railey or call (303) 556-5119.

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AES Aerospace Engineering Science

MSU Denver is embarking on its most ambitious undertaking yet -- to construct an Aerospace Engineering Sciences building with plans to educate and train a globally competitive aviation and advanced manufacturing workforce for the state of Colorado.  Contact: John Burtness or call (303) 556-5126.

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Your endowment and named gifts create a predictable and sustainable source of income for their designated purpose, providing financial security for the University over the long-term.

When you make a gift to one of the many endowments or naming opportunities available or establish a new endowment, you are ensuring the continued preeminence of the University. Endowments and named gifts can be established to support scholarships, fellowships, lectureships, professorships, department chairs and innovative programs and projects.

A minimum gift of $25,000 is required to establish an endowed scholarship, and higher minimum gifts are required for other endowed fund opportunities.

Your contribution at this level is invested and an annual distribution is made for the purpose you designate. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will generate support in perpetuity.

By contributing unrestricted dollars, you choose to give MSU Denver the flexibility to undertake critical new initiatives to meet the changing needs of its diverse student population.

MSU Denver relies on the generosity of alumni and friends to invest in its innovative teaching and learning environments. Gifts to the Annual Fund allow MSU Denver to provide extraordinary opportunities for learning and discovery. They also extend the financial aid program to every student who needs it while helping
meet emerging needs and challenges.

Unrestricted gifts are especially valuable to MSU Denver, because they allow the University to allocate funds wherever the needs are greatest and to take advantage of new opportunities. Your contribution may support financial aid operations, innovations in teaching, research equipment, facilities and
much more. 

Directed gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific school or program. When you make a directed gift to MSU Denver, you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is personally meaningful.

Ways to Give Annually

Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Any gift to Metropolitan State University of Denver can be designated to pay tribute to or memorialize an important person in your life. These designations might acknowledge a teacher, mentor, family member, friend, colleague or loved one. Making a tribute or memorial gift to MSU Denver is a great way to ensure that a person’s influence and legacy is honored.


A charitable contribution of long-term appreciated securities (i.e. stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds that have realized significant appreciation over time) is one of the most tax-efficient of all ways to give. Making a gift of securities in lieu of or in addition to cash offers you the chance to support the University while realizing many important benefits for yourself.

Real Estate

A charitable contribution of real estate—whether it is your personal residence, vacation home, farm, commercial real estate or vacant land—can make a meaningful impact at MSU Denver. You can give real estate as an outright gift or as a gift through your estate.

Faculty and Staff Giving

MSU Denver faculty and staff give in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. Every gift, regardless of size, makes a difference to the University, and your participation speaks volumes. For your convenience, you can also contribute through payroll deduction.

Volunteer - Nothing speaks more highly of a university than alumni or friends who enthusiastically serve and support it. Whether you help connect alumni with students, share your area of expertise, join a Roadrunner Network (alumni group) or serve as a board member, you'll walk away with a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing that you truly made a difference in the lives of MSU Denver students and alumni.

Host an Event - We like to call them "Friend-raisers" and there is no better way to share the excitement of what is going on at MSU Denver than gathering your friends for an intimate event. If you are interested in learning more about how you can host an event to support MSU Denver, contact us at or 303-556-8424.

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“This is the first year in my college career that I will not have to stress about making ends meet every four months. I am the first in my family that will graduate with a bachelor’s degree. ”
–Jose Parra Gonzalez

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