Message from the Chancellor

Message from the Chancellor

Andrew D. Martin

“As we look to the future of Washington University, we know our students are at the heart of all we do.”

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An institution’s endowment spending policy is a key instrument of financial discipline that allows it to balance the conflicting goals of providing stable support for current operations and preserving purchasing power for future generations.

The annual distribution from the endowment is the university’s fourth largest revenue stream, accounting for between 10 and 11 percent of the university’s operating budget in a typical year. The largest sources of revenue come from patient care and research grants at the School of Medicine, followed by tuition from all schools of the university, and then payout from the endowment.

Much of the annual payout is earmarked for specific and strategic purposes, such as faculty and staff salaries, programs and initiatives, financial aid, operating costs, capital projects, research, and more.


Endowment Payout in FY22


Number of Endowed


Endowed Funds with Donor Restrictions

FY22 Endowment Distribution by Use

Total Endowment Payout ($ Millions)