Grow a Stronger Carlos Museum
Endowments make up the root system of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, helping it stand through unpredictable times when other sources of revenue—such as research support or federal funding—may waver. Because they are invested perpetually, endowments help sustain vital educational, research, and service programs.
Here's how an endowment works: a portion of the return on the investment is used for allocated purposes, while the remaining portion of the return is reinvested into the principal sum to create market growth. In this way, an endowment serves immediate needs and serves to create financial security for the future.
An endowment can be designated to support specific work that is meaningful to the donor or can be unrestricted, making it a resource for timely or critical priorities and opportunities.
Establishing an endowment is a visionary and generous act that will give the Carlos Museum a competitive edge now and far into the future. Donors who choose to establish endowed funds often do so in honor or memory of someone who has made a difference in their lives. In doing so, they also are making a difference, creating legacies of leadership, and guiding the Carlos Museum into the future.