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The mission of the WIU Foundation is to maximize private support for Western Illinois University to assist in advancing its core values of academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility. 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 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 ion keeping a Western education accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of their means.