Our Time to Lead... becomes their time to succeed.

Launched in October 2015 with the goal of $1.3 billion, the "Mizzou: Our Time to Lead" campaign harnessed the support of Tigers worldwide to secure Mizzou's place as a global leader in research and learning.

Five years later, the campaign's success has translated into incredible growth for our University — and lasting, impactful gifts that will carry far into the future. In the end, we raised an incredible $1.41 billion. Here's what the impact of that looks like:

By The Numbers...

Total Raised: $1.41 Billion

30 endowed positions created for named faculty chairs, professorships, fellows and scholars

101% increase in Mizzou's endowment reaching $1,177,573,000 in January 2020

306 new funds created

4 signature centers and institutes with endowment of $10 million or more

Download our one-page Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign impact report.

It takes all of us to lead.

Thank you for making this campaign a success.

Photos from the campaign kickoff event, which took place on October 8, 2015.

Campaign Priorities


Endowed gifts are an investment in the future. Regardless of fluctuations in enrollment, state support or the economy, distributions from endowed funds provide stable, long-term funding.

To remain competitive, Mizzou sought to increase the endowment to $1.2 billion. As of June 30, 2020, the University's endowment was worth $1.093 billion, including endowed scholarship funds, chairs and professorships.

What is an endowment?

Nancy Fay wanted to support students pursuing a career in health professions. Her endowment ensures her gift will impact lives for years to come.

Learn more about the Nancy Fay Endowment

Learn more about the impact of our endowment.

Shaping The Future — Drs. Tahira and Labh Hira found their lives changed by their time at Mizzou. Together, these two alumni have committed to shaping the future for other students like them.

Continuing to Inspire — Dr. Virginia Peterson changed students' lives during her career at Mizzou. Now, even in retirement, she's continuing to do so. Learn more about the Virginia E. Peterson Scholarship in Biochemistry.

Honoring A Grandfather's Memory — Jim Liu was encouraged by his grandfather to move to the US and pursue an education. Three Mizzou degrees later, he's paying it forward to others seeking that same success. Learn more about the Liu-Him Memorial Scholarship.

Signature Centers and Institutes

As a world-class research institution, the University of Missouri does things no other university can. These new centers have fostered interdisciplinary collaboration by pulling together the best and brightest we have to offer... and it's all thanks to donor support.

Novak Leadership Institute

By offering an innovative approach to leadership education, students gain a unique perspective rooted in the principles of strategic communication and advertising. Learn more about J-School alumnus David Novak and his gift to his alma mater.


Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Founded on the principles of family-centered care, the Thompson Center offers a range of services in one location for individuals with autism and other developmental concerns. Learn more about this innovative leader in autism research.


Reynolds Journalism Institute

In 2012, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded the institute a $30.1 million endowment gift to guarantee permanent funding to pursue innovation, collaboration and research in media industries. Learn more about this key component of the Missouri School of Journalism.


Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy

This center brings together a vibrant, diverse community of scholars who share not only an academic interest in rigorously unpacking the complex history of constitutional democracy, but also a commitment to collective inquiry. Learn more about the interdisciplinary institute.


Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics

Their $8.5 million gift helped establish the Thompson Center, now a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. But they didn't stop there. Learn more

Campus Renaissance

Brick by brick, we're building the future of Mizzou.

NextGen Precision Health Institute


Mizzou Football South End Zone Facility

Learn more about this new facility.

Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield Music Center

Learn more about the grand opening.

Reconstructing the Medallion

“It’s important to remember, preserve and honor our past—the experiences that make Mizzou Engineering unique.”

Learn more about the restoration of Shamrock Plaza

Battle for Benefits

A new space for MU Law's growing Veterans Clinic allowed them to add additional staff. Learn more about their impact on rural Missouri veterans.

Student Success

Thanks to Tigers around the world, our students are supported through every step of their Mizzou journey — from their first steps on campus, to graduation and beyond.

  • $379 million in student support funds
  • 3,107 students received support from new scholarships created since the campaign began

New Scholarship Lightens the Load

The summer before college, a family friend gifted Dr. Hummel $200 — and a directive to pay it forward. He didn't forget.

Learn more about the Hummel Family Foundation's generous gift.

The 2020 Hummel Scholars are surprised with news of a generous gift.

A Nobel Cause

George P. Smith, Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences and recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, chose to donate his Nobel Prize money to support students in the College of Arts and Science. Learn more

Supporting Summer Scholars

"We are delighted to contribute to inspiring better lives," said Andrew and Peggy Cherng. "The education we received from Mizzou was instrumental in preparing us for future."

Learn more about the Panda Charitable Foundation's contributions to student success.

Straight from the Heartland

The Heartland Scholars Academy connects first-generation business students from small towns with financial assistance and life-changing opportunities through hands-on learning. Learn more

Learn more about student success.

Building Pathways to Success — Launched in 2016, the KC Scholars program helps high school students from the Kansas City region eliminate the financial barriers to a college education. Learn more about the incredible growth of the program, thanks to additional scholarship funding.

Good News for Journalism Students — After six decades of award-winning newscasts, Donald S. Mozley had already contributed a lifetime of experience to his chosen profession. He chose to do more. Learn more about his generosity to the Missouri School of Journalism.

Honoring a Mentor —“Sudha and I have admired Dr. Garner for the last 55 years,” said Kamal Yadav. “We are proud to honor him by establishing this scholarship to support CAFNR students.” Learn more about the Dr. George B. Garner Scholarship.

Someone to Call — Donor support helps fund STRIPES, a program that offers safe, late-night rides home for students without judgement or cost. Learn more about how student success extends beyond the classroom.

Opening Doors, Creating Opportunity — Though talent is everywhere, equal opportunities aren't always as universal. Learn more about how Mizzou Extension projects, including 4-H, enhance student outreach across the state.

About the Campaign Cabinet

Comprising more than 40 Mizzou alumni and friends from across the nation, the Campaign Cabinet featured representatives from every school, college and unit at MU.

During the quiet phase of the campaign, the Campaign Cabinet contributed nearly $100 million toward the campaign's $1.3 billion goal. The University of Missouri sincerely appreciates the Campaign Cabinet's vision and generosity.