Annual Gifts


Annual gifts are the building blocks for private support for The University of Southern Mississippi, and the most direct way for alumni, friends and family to support Southern Miss. Donations made to the Annual Fund directly support the student learning experience by funding annual expenses, such as scholarships, faculty support, library resources and study abroad programs. Alumni like you who donate to the Annual Fund form the community that makes the Southern Miss experience possible.

Unrestricted gifts provide the University with the maximum amount of financial flexibility to fund immediate and pressing needs. Tuition revenue covers only part of the annual cost of education. Unrestricted support is a critical source of funding to bridge the gap.

Regardless of the size, each annual gift, combined with the gifts of others, becomes impactful to the mission of the University and our desire to help our students achieve their educational goals. 

For more information about the Annual Fund, visit our Annual Fund FAQs page or contact Kelly Ellis, manager of annual giving, by calling 601.266.4878 or via email at