Fundraising Campaign Largest Ever for Illinois Wesleyan

Transforming Lives Raises $141 Million

Oct. 28, 2014

President Richard F. Wilson announced to the University’s Board of Trustees and its campus community on Monday, Oct. 27, that the Transforming Lives fundraising campaign reached $141 million, which was $16 million over its $125 million goal, when the books were closed on July 31. This is the largest and most successful campaign in the history of the University. 

“When we announced this campaign in May 2009, many were concerned because of the economic downturn that had taken place in the nation at the end of 2008,” Wilson remarked. “However, reactions from loyal alumni and friends and two very important leadership commitments convinced us that we should proceed with this historic effort.”

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Campaign News
  • Hansen "All in for Wesleyan" ChallengeTitans Unite
    Nearly 2,000 donors rallied to raise about $400,000 in response to a one-day giving challenge.
  • State Farm Hall IWU Names New Classroom BuildingState Farm Hall
    The new classroom building is named in recognition of the University's enduring relationship with State Farm Insurance.
  • Danny State Farm ScholarsSupport for Students
    The University honored 100 students who are recipients of scholarships from the State Farm Scholars Program.
  • Shirk Wesleyan Honors Shirk FamilyRecognizing Generosity
    The University paid tribute to the Shirk family and the Shirk Foundation for their support of the Shirk Athletic Complex.
  • Banner Four Named to Endowed ProfessorshipsSupport for Faculty
    Four faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships, including three new and one existing position.
  • Kemp family Kemp Commencement PlazaRecognizing Generosity
    The plaza in front of State Farm Hall has been named in honor of Glenn '22 and Rozanne Parker Kemp '27.
  • 23 More New ScholarshipsSupport for Students
    New named scholarships were announced at the 16th annual Scholarship Benefactor Dinner.
  • Wendell and Loretta HessNew Endowed Professorship
    The Wendell and Loretta Hess Endowed Professorship in Chemistry becomes the seventh of the campaign.
  • Eckley Scholars and ArtistsSupport for Students
    Five Illinois Wesleyan students were honored as the first Eckley Scholars and Artists.
  • Robert and Nell Eckley $500,000 Gift
    Two new gifts will fund endowments for a lecture in economics and for summer research and creative work by students.
  • 25 New Scholarships Established Support for Students
    In 2011 Illinois Wesleyan announced 25 new scholarships, named in honor of donors who made them possible.
  • Chuck '50 & Jay Ames '49 School of Art Renovations
    A gift from Chuck '50 and Jay Ames '49 provided renovations and a new entry for the Ames School of Art.
  • Robert Harrington New Endowed Professorship
    Robert Harrington, professor emeritus and former chair of business and economics at Illinois Wesleyan, established a new endowed professorship.
  • Flora Harris Armstrong '43 Goodwill Ambassador
    Flora Harris Armstrong '43 has been tapped to be Goodwill Ambassador for the Transforming Lives campaign.
  • Kent '62 & Sue Wallace New Main Classroom Building
    Among gifts announced at the Dallas Connection, a substantial gift from Kent '62 and Sue Wallace will support the New Main Classroom Building.
  • Howard & Sharon Fricke '60 More Than $1,000,000
    Major gifts announced at Homecoming 2010 included more than $1 million from Howard and Sharon Linton Fricke '60.
  • Scholarships 16 New Scholarships
    Sixteen new scholarships were celebrated at the 2010 Scholarship Benefactors and Awards Recipients Dinner.
  • Sandra '77 & Louis Rice School of Nursing Support
    Two new endowment funds will support Illinois Wesleyan's School of Nursing.
  • Byron Tucci '66 New Endowed Professorship
    In a lasting tribute to the Illinois Wesleyan professors who transformed his life, Byron Tucci '66 established a new endowed professorship.
  • Chuck '50 & Jay Ames '49 $25,000,000 Endowment Gift
    The Ames' gift, the largest in University history, will go to the endowment and be used primarily to name endowed faculty.
  • Herbert & Susan Getz '77 $250,000 Scholarship Fund
    The Getz Scholarship Fund will help keep the Wesleyan promise alive for students who need financial assistance.
  • John '82 & Joann Horton $250,000 Wesleyan Fund Gift
    The Hortons have donated to the Wesleyan Fund, so that this annual giving program can continue to provide financial assistance to students and support key campus programs.
  • Roger & Stevie Joslin $1,000,000 Building Addition
    This gift supported expansion of the Memorial Center with additional meeting, reception and banquet space with views overlooking the Eckley Quadrangle.
  • Shirk Family Endowment Gift
    Ever since the Shirk Center replaced the Fred Young Fieldhouse, it has been one of the crown jewels of the campus and an important community asset. This gift ensures the facility will be maintained at a high level.
  • Coyner '54 & Donna Smith $250,000 Scholarship Fund
    The Smith Scholars Fund will provide merit scholarships to students with high academic potential.
  • Vinyard-Shepelak Family $500,000 Wesleyan Fund Gift
    Gifts to the Wesleyan Fund help support a wide range of programs and activities, ranging from student financial aid to campus life activities.