Private support of Louisiana State University is led by a consortium of three independent foundations, each with its own governing board, staff, and unique mission. In addition, many academic units of the university have volunteer development councils and “friends” groups who focus on the special interests of the units.
LSU Alumni Association
CLIFF VANNOY, President & CEO
|Lod Cook Alumni Center
|3838 West Lakeshore Drive
||225-578-3838 or 1-888-RINGLSU
Since its establishment in 1905, the mission of the LSU Alumni Association (LSUAA) has been to protect, promote, and foster the welfare of LSU and to create and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between the university and its alumni and former students. The association, using the talents and resources of alumni, former students, future alumni, and friends of LSU, supports the university in pursuit of excellence in its mission of teaching, research, and public service.
The LSU Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization whose members are graduates, former students, and friends of LSU. Active membership may be obtained through an annual contribution of $50 or more to the Alumni Fund. Membership benefits include a subscription to LSU Alumni Magazine and discounts at the Shelton Gift Shop and the University Golf Course, The Cook Hotel, and car rentals. Members may participate in group travel, join the Campus Federal Credit Union, and receive banking offers from Bank of America and preferred homeowners and car insurance rates from Liberty Mutual. In addition, members are entitled to limited use of several university facilities.
Alumni gifts generated through the Alumni Fund support the operation of its programs of academic excellence, including the Alumni Scholars Program and other academic scholarships; alumni professorships; various other faculty awards; and seminars, workshops, and meetings.
The association, headquartered in the Lod Cook Alumni Center, hosts reunions, campus visitations, and chapter programs throughout Louisiana, across the U.S., and abroad each year. Awards for outstanding individual achievement and service sponsored by the LSUAA include induction into the LSU Hall of Distinction; LSU Alumnus of the Year, the university’s highest alumni honor; Young Alumnus of the Year; and Chapter Service Awards. Extraordinary philanthropy is recognized and acknowledged with the prestigious Purple and Gold Award.
The LSU Alumni Association owns and operates The Cook Hotel on the LSU campus. Opened in October 2001, the hotel is located directly behind the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The hotel is open to the public and offers 128 first-class rooms and suites. In addition to the meeting rooms in The Cook Hotel, the Lod Cook Alumni Center offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space for conferences, seminars, workshops, receptions, lectures, and banquets. Catering is provided by Unique Cuisine Catering, the association’s exclusive caterer. For conference or event bookings, call 225-578-3829. Individual or group hotel room reservations may be placed by calling toll-free 866-610-2665. Individual reservations may also be made online at www.thecookhotel.com.
The John and Rose Ann Shelton Gift Shop offers the very best in LSU attire, gifts, and accessories. Conveniently located in The Cook Hotel, shoppers are invited to visit the store Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items can also be viewed and purchased via the website at giftshop.lsualumni.org. For more information, contact the gift shop at 225-383-0241.
Also part of the LSU Alumni Association Complex is the Jack and Priscilla Andonie Museum. Dedicated on May 25, 2004, the museum houses a spectacular display of historical LSU sports memorabilia donated by the Andonie family. For more information, visit the Andonie Museum website here or call 225-578-3828.
The LSU Alumni Association, organized along both academic and geographic lines, offers membership in alumni chapters and academic affiliate chapters nationwide. The organization is governed by a National Board of Directors, which formulates and administers policy. Additional information concerning membership in the LSU Alumni Association, its subsidiaries, or programs may be obtained by calling 888-RINGLSU or 225-578-3838 or at www.lsualumni.org.
STEPHEN MORET, President & CEO
The LSU Foundation inspires and shepherds philanthropic giving to LSU and builds long-lasting relationships with donors who bring life to current and emerging university priorities. We support LSU in its quest to enhance the student experience, provide working capital to recruit and retain world-class faculty and staff, support life-changing research, and drive economic development. We are dedicated to stewarding each gift to maximize donors’ impact on making LSU one of the best universities in the world.
The LSU Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, private foundation and manages most of the endowed funds and other assets donated by private individuals, corporations, and organizations for the benefit of the university. The Foundation invests the funds for the benefit of specific, donor-directed purposes in the various colleges, schools, and departments of the university.
Gifts have provided many enhancements that would not have been available otherwise, including endowed chairs and professorships, distinguished lecture series, endowed scholarships, endowed fellowships, library resources, and awards programs for faculty, staff, and student achievement. The Foundation is the authorized agency for management of the 40 percent matching grants for chair and professorship endowments provided by the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund.
Gifts may be designated by the donor for the highest priority needs of the university or a department, or may be restricted to specific uses. Endowments may be named by the donor. Gifts may also be included in the estate plans of individuals, using wills, trusts, insurance policies, and other planning methods. Gifts to the LSU Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Visit www.lsufoundation.org to learn more about supporting LSU through philanthrophic giving.
Tiger Athletic Foundation
RICHARD B. PERRY, President and CEO
Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting LSU and its Athletic Program. Louisiana State University has a proud athletic tradition, highlighted by 46 National Team Titles and 130 Southeastern Conference championships. LSU currently fields 19 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams. Thanks to the generosity of its members, TAF plays an integral role in continuing and sustaining LSU’s tradition of excellence. As the primary source of private funding for LSU athletics, TAF’s mission is clear: to lead the university in building a comprehensively superior athletic program.
Among TAF’s many accomplishments are over $400 million in construction and improvement of athletic facilities including over $260 million for college football’s greatest venue, Tiger Stadium. These improvements included the construction of the east side Tiger Den Suites and upper deck, the west side Stadium Club, upper deck and press box, and the south end zone Tiger Den Suites, Stadium Club and upper deck. Other TAF projects have included the University Club Golf Course and Practice Facility, Cox Academic Center for Student-Athletes, Mike the Tiger’s Habitat, and the Alex Box Baseball Stadium Suites. Future projects include the Athletic Nutrition Center and renovation of the Football Operations Building. TAF also continues its efforts to raise funds for its Foundation of Champions Endowment Program. TAF has also provided in excess of $2 million in academic scholarships and teaching awards.
TAF is continuing the legacy of LSU’s athletic excellence while supplying the resources for future Tiger championships.