Your support can make a difference

If you believe that an Illinois Wesleyan education made a real difference in your life, or in the life of someone you know, you can help the next generation of students through your support of the University. There are many ways to assist talented and deserving students including funding a scholarship, giving to the endowment, or providing an internship or employment after graduation.

Make a Gift

The Wesleyan Fund

Gifts to the Wesleyan Fund keep Illinois Wesleyan strong. Unless otherwise designated, your gift to the Wesleyan Fund will be applied to the area of greatest need - student financial aid. Every gift makes a difference.

“It’s important for alums to know how IWU is strengthened, and how young people benefit, because of alumni giving of every kind — with their time and talents as well as their dollars”

Josh Butts, Class of 2001

Endowment Giving

The endowment fund provides an annual stream of income to the University in perpetuity. Gifts to the endowment contribute about 10 percent to the University's annual operating budget. These gifts can support named scholarships, endowed faculty positions, building projects or other uses designated by the donor.

William Munro (left), the Ritchie-Birrer Endowed Professor, and Betty Ritchie-Birrer '47 and Ivan Birrer (right)

Planned Giving

If you want to help future students benefit, as you did, from an Illinois Wesleyan education, but don’t want to dip into your retirement savings to do so, consider a planned gift. Planned gifts can take many forms that will not impact your retirement nest egg or future plans.

Members of the Class of 1962 used planned giving to help their class make the largest reunion gift ever