Endowments are critical to bridging the gap between our objectives and available annual funding. By providing a reliable funding stream, endowments help the Libraries obtain the critical resources they need to meet the growing and evolving academic needs of Mason students and faculty. Endowments are an essential funding mechanism, safeguarding the Libraries from significant increases in material costs (e.g. the cost of scientific journals) or decreases in state funding. In addition, endowment income can contribute meaningfully in the Libraries' public programming and outreach, as well as to nurture and further develop library faculty and staff.
You can support the University Libraries' collections by establishing a library endowment in the area of your choice. The funds you contribute are permanently invested, and the income will consistently and reliably maintain the collection in your chosen academic area.
A new library endowment can be established with at least a minimum of $10,000 contributed over a five-year period. You may name the endowment in your name, in honor or memory of a loved one, or your company or organization's name. Original and personalized bookplates will also be created for books and materials purchased through your endowment. This is an exceptional way to provide lasting support and have an enduring effect on the George Mason University community. A library endowment is an excellence way to mark a special event, or memorialize or honor someone you love. You can also join with others to establish an endowment or expand an existing subject endowment.
Here is a complete list of our existing endowments:
- Catherine A. Baum Planned Communities Archives Endowment for the Libraries
- Established in 2005 by Catherine A. Baum, '81, chair of the Libraries' Advisory Board, to support the Libraries' planned communities and new towns collections.
- Columbia National Real Estate Finance Libraries Endowment
- Established in 2006 by Columbia National for the acquisition of research materials in commercial real estate and/or commercial real estate finance.
- Dr. Sam di Bonaventura Music Collection Endowment for the Libraries
- Established in 2010 through a bequest from Darlene M. Scott. The purpose of the endowment is to provide support for the Dr. Sam di Bonaventura Collection, as well as acquire scholarly research materials in the area of music.
- Kurt Andrew Dodd American History Endowment for the Libraries
- Established in 2009 in memory of Kurt A. Dodd, MA '97, by his mother, Rosemary Bowers Dodd, for the acquisition of library resources American history.
- Franco and Ingeborg Ercolano Library Endowment
- Established in 2003 in honor of Franco and Ingeborg Ercolano by their daughter, Adriana Ercolano, MA'11, former director of development of the Libraries, and her husband, James Helm. The fund is for the acquisition of resources and materials in the subject areas of European studies.
- Edgar A. Horhorouny Endowment
- Established in 1995 in support of the Libraries as a memorial tribute to Edgar A. Horhorouny through a bequest of Hermine O'Reilly, his mother. Edgar Horhorouny was an audio-visual employee at Mason.
- Litchfield Microbiology Endowment for the Libraries
- Established in 2008 by Dr. Carol D. Litchfield, research professor emerita, Department of Environmental Science and Policy. The fund is for the acquisition of microbiology books and journals, including rare books.
- Randolph and Ellen Lytton Special Collection Library Endowment
- Established in 2004 by Dr. and Mrs. Randolph H. Lytton in support of the Randolph H. Lytton Fairfax and Northern Virginia Collection, and to acquire original historical materials to augment the Lytton Collection. Dr. Lytton is a faculty member in the Department of History and Art History.
- Alfred and Dorothy Panameroff Russian Studies Endowment for the Libraries
- Established in 2008 in memory of Alfred and Dorothy Panameroff by their daughter Karole P. McKalip, MEd '81 and her husband, H. Diehl McKalip. Ms. McKalip is a former director of the Academic Advising Center and a former faculty member in New Century College. The fund is for the acquisition of resources in the subject areas of Russian studies.
- Elizabeth Senda Acquisition Endowment for the Libraries
- Established in 2007 in memory of Elizabeth Senda by her daughter, Dr. Joy R. Hughes, vice president for information technology and chief information officer of the university. The fund is for the acquisition of resources in the mathematical sciences.
- Emilia and Giuseppe Struppa Library Endowment
- Established in 2003 in honor of Emilia and Giuseppe Struppa by their son, Dr. Daniele C. Struppa. The fund is for the acquisition of resources in the discipline of mathematics. Dr. Struppa is a former dean of the then College of Arts and Sciences and a former trustee of the George Mason University Foundation.
- Michael O. Terry Fund for Library Acquisitions Endowment
- Established in 2006 in memory of Michael O. Terry by his parents, Owen and Constance Terry, and others. The fund is for the acquisition of resources in areas and disciplines that reflect the varied interests of Mike Terry, who was a reference librarian at Fenwick Library.
- University Libraries' Endowment for Excellence
- Initiated in 2009 by E. James Hayes, MBA'93, as a challenge fund, the endowment will provide operational support for the University Libraries and to acquire scholarly research materials including books, journals, and other similar library resources in both digital and multimedia formats. The challenge fund for the endowment has been augmented by contributions from members of the Libraries' Advisory Board.
- Washington and Northern Virginia Company Jamestowne Society Library Endowment
- Established in 2010 by the Washington and Northern Virginia Company of the Jamestowne Society. The fund is for the acquisition of resources in the area of American history and early Virginia history to support and preserve the Herschel H. Helm Jamestowne Collection.
If you would like more information about endowments or have questions about other ways to give to the University Libraries, please contact:
Director of Development
University Libraries and Information Technology
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 2FL
Fairfax, VA 22030