Goals and Priorities
Transforming Lives has a goal of $125 million, with nearly 8 in every 10 dollars going to build our
endowment, which will enable us to continue to attract and retain quality students
and faculty. Rarely in the history of our University has it been more important to
invest in the people, programs and facilities that enable Illinois Wesleyan to transform
See Transforming Lives campaign video.
ENDOWMENT FOR STUDENTS: $30 million is being sought to increase the number and amount of grants and scholarships
awarded to promising and deserving young scholars, so that the Wesleyan promise of
meeting financial need is kept alive. Read more or
Watch a video about the Endowment for Students.
ENDOWMENT FOR FACULTY: $20 million will be raised to support exceptional teaching and scholarship that have
been hallmarks of Illinois Wesleyan. The faculty endowment will increase the number
of endowed chairs and professorships, and provide support to attract young scholars
and artists. Read more or
Watch a video about the Endowment for Faculty.
ENDOWMENTS FOR EXCELLENCE: $22 million will provide funds targeted to key priorities such as the Writing Program
Fund, Student Leadership Fund, Academic Advising Fund, Instructional Excellence Fund,
Summer Research Fund, Presidential Scholars Fund, President's Initiatives Fund, Globalization
Initiatives, Sustainability Fund and Multicultural Fund.
THE WESLEYAN FUND: $26 million in annual giving that will be used to provide student financial aid,
and support a broad range of academic and co-curricular program needs. The Wesleyan Fund goal is to increase the number of alumni giving from fewer than one in four to one
CAMPUS FACILITIES: $27 million is being sought to build:
The Center for Instruction, a state-of-the-art building that will enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum.
The new Center for Instruction will be located on the site of Sheean Library.
An expanded Theatre Arts Complex to replace McPherson Theatre. The new complex will include a larger theatre and expand
classroom and support facilities to better unify the theatre arts programs, which
are currently located in many different parts of campus.
New Student Housing will be a priority, in order to respond to today's student housing preferences and
appeal to juniors and seniors who have increasingly chosen to move off campus.