Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Duquesne Fund?

The Duquesne Fund is a critical source of immediately-expendable funds that can be invested in meeting the ever-changing needs of the University, its nine schools, and selected programs and activities.

What are Duquesne Fund gifts used for?

Duquesne Fund gifts touch virtually every aspect of campus life: academic program support, scholarships, computers, library and lab technology, student activities, facilities and more.

When will my gift be used?

Your gift to The Duquesne Fund will be spent in the year in which it is received.

Can I specify where my gift is directed?

You may choose to make an unrestricted gift or designate your gift to any one of Duquesne's schools, or to general scholarships, Spiritan Campus Ministry, the Gumberg Library or the Duquesne Athletic Fund.

Why is it important to give every year?

The University's fiscal year ends on June 30. Every July 1, The Duquesne Fund begins at $0 and zero donors. We depend on your support to build it up again to meet emerging needs in the new year. Moreover, every gift improves Duquesne's participation rate, which in turn raises Duquesne's profile in national rankings, with major individual and organizational donors, and with financial ratings agencies.

The University has an endowment. Why do you still need my annual gift?

Returns from endowments make up only a small portion of the University's annual budget. Payouts may vary from year to year and are restricted to support specific purposes as designated by donors. While the endowment is an important part of the University's financial picture, annual gifts also play a critical role in providing the flexibility to meet changing operational needs and seize unexpected opportunities.

I already support an endowed or restricted fund.
Does this count as a gift to The Duquesne Fund?

No. Endowments are invested in perpetuity with only a portion of the returns used in any given year, while Duquesne Fund gifts are spent annually. Endowed fund donors are welcome and encouraged to make an additional Duquesne Fund contribution each year to maximize the benefits of their generosity.

I can't afford to make a large gift. Will it really make a difference?

Gifts of all sizes really do make a big difference. In fiscal 2018, nearly $614,000 was raised from gifts of $250 or less.

How can I make a gift to The Duquesne Fund?

You may make a quick, easy and secure gift using your credit card online, or give by mail with a check or credit card.

What about matching gifts?

Many companies will match their employees' gifts to the University, effectively doubling or even tripling its value. Learn more and see if your employer participates.

Can I arrange a multi-year pledge or recurring gift payments?

Yes; these are convenient ways to support The Duquesne Fund. Simply specify the billing or pledge reminder schedule (monthly, quarterly or annual) on your paper or online commitment form.

Who can I contact for more information?

Call the Office of Annual Giving at 412.396.6040 or email