The Innovation Fund

Office of External Relations

How does the College support innovation? With the creation of an "idea fund" that will invest in cutting-edge courses, new curricula, faculty research and student activities that show special promise for the future.

Should you invest in ideas? You bet. 

The College of Communication is the largest, most comprehensive and highest ranked program of it's kind in the country. When the Belo Center for New Media opens its doors in 2012, the College will be poised to define and lead a new era of communication education and scholarship. 

Communication is the basis of politics and power, of education and economy. Everything - from how we use words and images to how we perceive each other to how we tell a story- comes down to the exchange of ideas. The Innovation Fund will help foster greater dialog and discovery around the role of communication. By giving faculty and students the start-up money to explore new ideas, the Fund will help make the College the birthplace of the most important digital narratives being told in the 21st century. By supporting innovation, you help the College, and the University, change the world.

Funding Innovation. Can you capitalize on enthusiasm? We think so.

Our goal is to build a $20 million endownment that will support both short-term and long-term projects, as well as both teaching and research projects. Special consideration will be given to projects that:

  • Reach across scholarly disciplines
  • Build bridges between the academic and professional worlds
  • Feature international or intercultural relations
  • Explore the possibilities of digital media

Read more about how the College is fostering communication innovation here: The Innovation Fund

What's your communication passion?

Gifts of any size to the Innovation Fund are welcome, but significant contributions will permit naming opportunities in the Belo Center for New Media. More modest contributions will permit naming opportunities in other buildings in the Jesse Jones Complex.

Want to help us change the world? Let us craft a gift that honors your passion for communication and will engage and inspire the next generation of communication practicioners.

For more information, contact the College's director of development Michael Wilson, 512-475-9165.