Mission

The USA Foundation continues its mission of supporting the University of South Alabama. For fifty-five years, the USA Foundation has stayed the course, at all times. The Foundation Board of Directors thanks the faculty, staff, and administration of the University of South Alabama for their excellence in education and healthcare.

More than $259 Million has been contributed by the USA Foundation since 1990 in support of the University of South Alabama, its students, faculty, and academic programs. One-half of the total contribution has been given over the last 12 years.

In fiscal year 2022, the Foundation Board approved a gift of $30 Million for the Whiddon College of Medicine. At December 11, 2023, $23,805,700, of the $30 Million committed, has been provided to the University of South Alabama to meet this critical need. The remaining gift will be provided to the University in fiscal years 2024 through 2027.

“One of the basic tenets of the mission of the Foundation is to assist the University in supporting its academic programs. The University of South Alabama continues to be a transformational institution for the Gulf Coast region, the State of Alabama, and the southeastern United States. Its College of Medicine serves as the core to USA Health,” said John McMillan, President of the USA Foundation Board of Directors, on the Foundation Board’s commitment.

The University of South Alabama Foundation was created in 1968 to support the University of South Alabama, balancing current contributions with future growth. The Foundation looks forward to continued support of the University of South Alabama, its academic programs, faculty, and students. Please see the “Foundation Milestones” for a timeline of the Foundation activities in support of the University of South Alabama.

The contributions of $259,673,798 include:

  • $  27.9 Million to support scholarships for students;
  • $  86.3 Million to support faculty; and
  • $145.4 Million to support academic programs.

Net assets at September 30, 2023, were $404,922,000.

Philosophy of Endowment Foundations

The philosophy of endowment foundations is to provide for today’s needs while maintaining and preserving permanent assets for future support.

An endowment foundation balances these two divergent requirements of endowment accumulation while providing an incremental source of funds to allow the University to be one of excellence in academic programs, acting in a prudent manner to meet both objectives.