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Finances

In 2021–22, Stanford is a $7.4 billion enterprise. This figure represents the university’s consolidated budget for operations, a compilation of all annual operating and restricted budgets that support teaching, scholarship and research, including the budgets of all schools and administrative areas and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. It does not include the $0.7 billion capital budget and excludes the budget for Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
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Sources of Funds for FY 2021–22

Sponsored research17%
Endowment income19%
Other investment income5%
Student income15%
Health care services22%
Expendable gifts7%
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory8%
Other income7%

Expenditures for FY 2020-21

Salaries & benefits63%
Other operating expenses27%
Financial aid6%
Debt service4%

Endowment

Stanford’s $37.8 billion endowment (as of Aug. 31, 2021) provides an enduring source of financial support for fulfillment of the university’s mission of teaching, learning and research. It disbursed a $1.3 billion payout to support vital academic programs and financial aid during the fiscal year. About 75 percent of the endowment is restricted by donors for a specific purpose. There are more than 8,500 endowed university funds. Each year, a portion of investment return from the endowment is used to support annual operating expenses. The remainder of the return is reinvested in the endowment to maintain its purchasing power over time. The Stanford Management Company (SMC) was established in 1991 to manage Stanford’s core investment portfolio. SMC is a division of the university with oversight by a board of directors appointed by the university board of trustees.
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Learn more by downloading our Stanford 2022 endowment fact sheet.

Fundraising

Stanford University, Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital reported $1.4 billion in gifts and pledge payments during the fiscal year that ended August 31, 2021, reflecting the financial support of more than 56,000 donor households.