About TCU's Endowment Fund




TCU Investment Management is responsible for managing Texas Christian University’s endowment, which consists of the long-term investment assets of the university. Established in 1910 with an initial campaign generating $55,000, the endowment’s assets under management totaled $1.6 billion as of December 31, 2017, ranking 66th in the nation in terms of asset value.


The endowment exists to ensure the longevity of the institution for current students and future generations. For fiscal year 2018, the annual payout provided 11% of the university’s operating budget. Such funding fuels people, programs and progress. The endowment supports financial aid and scholarships for students, endowed chairs and professorships for faculty, as well as academic programs across campus.


The strength of the endowment influences the university’s reputation as it directly impacts the academic profile, degree of independence, and financial stability of the institution. The endowment ensures that resources are available to sustain TCU’s strategic advantage and further enhance its standing among prestigious peer institutions.


With oversight provided by the investment committee of the Board of Trustees, TCU’s chief investment officer and staff of investment professionals focus on preserving the endowment to last in perpetuity. The overall portfolio performance of 13.4% for 2017 achieved the investment objective of exceeding the sum of the annual payout plus inflation while producing returns accretive to the overall portfolio.