Andrew D. Martin
What a rollercoaster this year has been. Throughout the world, we’ve had our ups and downs and twists and turns as we worked to navigate an unprecedented season of life amidst a pandemic, a shaky economy, racial injustices, and more. Here at Washington University, we have not been immune to the challenges facing our world, and consequently, we had to make some difficult financial decisions this past fiscal year. Thankfully, those decisions — as difficult as they were — have put us in a position of strong financial health. What’s more, even despite a rollercoaster year, our endowment remains stronger than ever. In fact, this year, I’m pleased to share that ours was one of the highest performing endowments in all of higher education.
While our numbers speak volumes, what speaks greater volumes to me is the immense impact of our endowment. As you read the pages that follow, I hope you’ll gain a glimpse into the ways in which our endowment is working. It’s working for our students who benefit from scholarship support, career development, and leadership opportunities. It’s working for our faculty who are addressing real-world problems such as COVID-19, corporate responsibility, gender and racial equity, and much more. It’s working for our staff who are leading programs that develop values-oriented leaders and programs that have a far-reaching impact beyond our campuses. It’s working for our patients who benefit from cutting-edge research and comprehensive care. It’s working for the companies that benefit from our investments — companies working toward clean technology, financial inclusion, affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, and more.
Our endowment is working thanks to you — our generous supporters of Washington University. We have experienced high levels of success because of your leadership and commitment to our mission to improve lives in service of the greater good. You are the reason why our endowment is such a force for good, and we are extremely grateful for the contributions you have made and for entrusting your resources into our care. As you read this report, I hope you’ll see just how much we value and carefully steward those resources — and how powerful our momentum and trajectory has become. Thank you for taking the time to read and learn about some of the many ways the endowment supports our WashU mission — and how it will continue to do so in perpetuity.
Andrew D. Martin