What is the Wesleyan Fund?
The Wesleyan Fund is IWU's annual giving program. It's the most popular vehicle through which our supporters give to IWU. Gifts are put to immediate use, supporting the daily operations of the University and providing timely assistance to IWU's greatest needs across campus throughout the year.
Can I determine where my money goes?
Yes. When you make your Wesleyan Fund gift or pledge, you have the opportunity to indicate a specific department or area of the University that you wish to support. Just mark it on the form you fill out or in the comments section on the secure web site.
Why is my participation important?
Your gift means more than money alone. Many foundations use alumni giving participation as a determining factor in deciding whether or not to fund grant requests. Also, college rankings judge alumni's satisfaction with their university in large part on the percentage who donate each year. While IWU's alumni participation hovers around 23%, our peer institutions average 31% participation.
Will my gift make any significant difference if I can only afford to give a small amount?
Absolutely. Every gift to the Wesleyan Fund has an impact. Each dollar given to the Wesleyan Fund is the equivalent of $20 in endowment---that is, the University would need 20 endowment dollars to match the spending power of each dollar designated to the Wesleyan Fund (this is because the University averages a draw off the endowment at 5%). Every gift does indeed have an impact, and the money you give is truly important.
Why should I give to IWU?
Illinois Wesleyan University is educating leaders of tomorrow---those who will bring the lessons they've learned at IWU to their personal and professional lives. Our graduates make a difference locally and across the world, so by supporting IWU you are doing good now and in the future.
Will my employer match my gift?
More than a thousand companies offer varying levels of corporate match for their employees' philanthropic interests. Best of all, you are recognized for the full amount of your own gift plus any resulting corporate match. If you are not sure whether or not your employer matches gifts, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (309) 556-3091. If you know your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your Human Resources office, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift may be doubled or tripled!
Can I make a gift to IWU using my credit card?
Yes, you can. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. The IWU web site is a quick and secure way to make a credit card gift--and you can even set up installment payments. To give on-line, visit www.titanpride.org/supportiwu.
When does Illinois Wesleyan's fiscal year begin and end?
IWU's fiscal year runs from August 1 to July 31.