Gift Matching Opportunities - University of Houston
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Paving the Way for Excellence

In 2019, the University of Houston unveiled an ambitious plan to expand its research footprint by becoming laser focused and strategic. This vision was quickly embraced by a visionary donor who anonymously gifted the University with $50 million to match UH’s $50 million fundraising initiative for endowed chairs and professorships. In subsequent years, other donors have answered the call through endowed faculty, allowing the University to leverage its intellectual capital In the last five years alone, we have seen a 53% growth in federal research expenditures by our faculty.

How the Challenge Works

The anonymous donor will match all eligible gifts up to $50 million (for a total of $100 million) that create permanently endowed chairs and professorships in fields that address societal challenges. For every $2 million given to endow a new chair, or for every $1 million given to endow a new professorship, that gift will be doubled by a match from the Aspire Fund. With state-based matching programs like the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP), every $2 million donation could mean up to $10+ million in total impact.

Learn more about ASPIRE: The $100 Million Challenge


In 2009, the Texas Legislature established TRIP match to amplify the impact of private gifts for the enhancement of research productivity and faculty recruitment. TRIP is implemented through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and includes matching funds for endowed chairs and professorships.

Endowed chairs and professorships may be eligible for a matching gift by the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP). The gift must be made with a minimum of $100,000 and be designated exclusively for research purposes.

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50% Match Cash gift of $100,000 to $999,999

75% Match Cash gift of $1 million to $1,999,999

100% Match Cash gift of $2 million to $10 million



Individuals can set up multiple scholarships at the $100,000 level, and each one can be named after the donor or donor designee. For example, if a donor chooses to give five merit scholarships for matching, each one can be named as the “Donor (or donor designee name) Distinguished Scholar.”

As authorized by the University of Houston Board of Regents, the University will match the income distribution for recruitment scholarships at 100% for a period of 10 years ending August 31, 2031, for endowments funded with a minimum of $100,000. For endowments over $500,000, only income generated from the first $500,000 will be matched.

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More Information

To learn more about matching opportunities and the options available, please contact John Gladchuk, Chief Advancement Officer, Corporate Sponsorships & Scholarships, at 713-743-4209.