Advancement & Public Services

Glossary of Giving

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund allows our alumni and friends to align their personal values with gifts to the areas on campus that are most important to them. From funding scholarship programs and enhancing learning opportunities to supporting colleges and departments across campus, Annual Fund gifts have an immediate and direct impact on the lives of Western students.

Anonymous Gifts

When donors notify us that they choose not to be publicly recognized for their support, we will accommodate the request.

Endowment Fund

A gift of at least $25,000 establishes a fund invested by the WIU Foundation to fund programs in perpetuity.

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts (received from companies who match their employee’s charitable contributions) contribute to the overall Annual Fund total, & are credited to our donors when determining inclusion in membership giving clubs. Many employers also match gifts from their employee’s spouses and retirees.

Unrestricted Gifts

Foundation directs funds to the areas of greatest need to advance the mission and core values of Western Illinois University.