Eastern fund-raising effort continues successful pace

2013-09-27T23:05:00Z Eastern fund-raising effort continues successful pace JG-TC.com
September 27, 2013 11:05 pm

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) —Alumni and friends of Eastern Illinois University are to be credited for the institution’s third consecutive record year in fundraising.

Even after the multi-year “EI&U: Expect Greatness” capital campaign ended a year ago, individuals continued to give in record amounts, said Bob Martin, vice president for university advancement, in a press release.

Gifts and pledges during Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013) totaled $15.8 million.

“We’re thrilled that our alumni continue to care about Eastern and our students,” he said. “And we want them to know that we are thankful for their contributions — from the $1 million donors to the $1, $5 or $10 donors.”

According to Martin, scholarships have been a top area of support. More than 203 new scholarships were created during the “EI&U: Expect Greatness” campaign, and more are continually being added as donors recognize scholarships as a top university priority requiring continued support.

Planned giving remains another area in which dedicated alumni show interest, Martin said in a press release.

During the most recent fiscal year and for the first time in a single year EIU legacy gifts exceeded $10 million, according to Martin.

Since it can be difficult for an alumnus to stay connected with his/her alma mater after graduation, EIU steadily works to renew relationships with its graduates.

“More than 30 events were held for EIU alumni across the county last year,” Martin said in the press release.

In addition, Alumni Services and the EIU Alumni Association teamed up to form Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow, an organization aimed at engaging current students with Eastern alumni and the university as a whole.

Tim McCollum, a 1973 graduate and past president of the Alumni Association board, said the organization could serve a multitude of purposes, including networking.

“STAT can help students tap into the unlimited resources of alumni in whatever fields (the students) are interested in,” McCollum said in a press release. “And when students reach out to alumni, they can see Eastern alumni with very successful careers.”

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