Here at AUR, philanthropy fuels our forward progress. We aim to increase scholarships, grow our campus, and provide programs that benefit our students and community. Initiatives made possible by AUR donors are touching the lives of individuals on campus and around the world.

The American University of Rome is growing. Generous and committed friends and alumni are one of the reasons for that growth. Why do they give? Because they know that every gift – large or small – helps impact the lives of our students. (The American University of Rome is registered as a not-for-profit organization in the United States, and is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors).

What Can You Support?


The AUR Annual Fund:

Unrestricted funds raised every year from alumni, students, staff, faculty, trustees, and friends of the university support programs and operations, technology, faculty, and facilities.

The James Walston Fund:

The James Walston Fund was launched by alumnae Sallie Pisch (International Relations, 2010) and Caitlin Bagby (International Relations, 2009), in May 2014, following the premature passing of Professor James Walston, who, over the course of a quarter century was one of AUR’s most beloved professors, who provided his students with fascinating classes and real-world experiences, always combined with a habitually gentle wisdom.

This fund supports initiatives in his memory, including student support, travel, and lectures. 

Refugee and Displaced Persons Scholarship:

This is an undergraduate need-based scholarship for students coming from conflict countries. This fund allows bright young minds to re-claim their dreams and pursue an education in AUR’s multi-cultural environment.
Read more about the background to this scholarship here.

Students Helping Students:

Students Helping Students is a challenge issued by AUR Student Government in an effort to use a portion of their budget to promote a culture of philanthropy among the AUR community while also helping students in need.  Student Government will match all donations to the fund, dollar for dollar, up to $2,000. The funds will support a student(s) in need with excellent academic standing for Fall 2018. 

For information on naming opportunities please contact Amy Baldonieri, AUR Development Director at

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