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 empowering students, faculty, and staff to lead dynamic and diverse communities. Private support from alumni, faculty and staff, businesses, foundations, and friends has become a necessary part of University operations. Over the years, the WIU Foundation has provided millions of dollars 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 Western’s commitment to providing accessible, high quality educational programs and financial support for our students.