Foundation & Development

About Us

The WIU Foundation inspires and motivates alumni, friends, faculty and staff to make an impact on the University through financial support. We help prospective donors envision the direct, meaningful differences they can make in the lives of students and the University community. Private support enables Western Illinois University to enhance educational opportunities for its students and advance its mission of preparing a socially responsible, diverse student, faculty and staff population to lead in the global society.

Private support from alumni, faculty & staff, businesses, foundations and friends has become a necessary part of University operations. Currently, the State of Illinois supplies less than half of Western’s appropriated/general revenue budget. Over the past five years, the WIU Foundation has been able to provide nearly $29 million in gifts, grants, and endowment-generated earnings in support of the University.

The effect of these gifts is clearly visible in every aspect of university life, every day, on both campuses. The WIU Foundation’s fundraising efforts are focused on keeping a Western education accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of their means.