Change Starts Here Thanks To


The Eastern Illinois University Foundation exists for the following purposes:

To encourage and provide private support to Eastern Illinois University, including the region which the University serves, and to promote the ideals of volunteerism and philanthropy among alumni, friends and employees of the University;

To assist and support Eastern Illinois University’s educational and cultural mission through encouraging philanthropic gifts of cash, property and other materials of educational and artistic value.

To enhance the educational activities of Eastern Illinois University students and employees by participating in and supporting academic and artistic programming through scholarships and grants.

Judy Ethell


Reflections . . . . then and now

A few weeks ago, I had dinner with my college roommate. I met her here at EIU (two kids, first generation college educated) in August, 1979, and we have been best friends ever since. We talked a lot about how much has changed over the years, but how our friendship remains much the same as it was 36 years ago when we first met.

As I start my year as President of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation, I reflect on how much has changed over that time for the Foundation, how the Foundation’s commitment to “provide private support to EIU and promote the ideal of volunteerism and philanthropy among alumni, friends, and employees of the University” has stayed the same.

Let’s take a look back in history to see how we have done. . .

The Foundation was started under the leadership and vision of H Ogden Brainard in 1953 and the first recorded scholarships (3) totaled $350 in 1957. While I don’t know exactly what the annual gifts to the Foundation were in 1953 or 1957, I was able to learn that they were $65,475.42 positive (change in fund balance) in the year ending June 30, 1979, when I came to EIU. The total assets were $797,503.60. Fast forward to the year ending June 30, 2015 where the total net income was $3.5 million, total assets were $88.9 million, total gifts were $11.1million, and more than $1million and 900 scholarships and grants were awarded. I would say that, while a lot has changed for the Foundation during this 36 year time frame, the vision of H Ogden Brainard so many years ago has held its course.

Due to state deficits and budget cuts, the University has to change for the future. It is my hope that the continued ideal of volunteerism and philanthropy stated by H Ogden Brainard will allow the Foundation to continue to step up and support the University as these changes occur to ensure a strong and bright future.

Judy Ethell (Class of 1982)
Eastern Illinois University Foundation President
Board of Directors 2015-2016

David M. Glassman


I recently made one of the biggest and best choices in my career to come to Eastern Illinois University, and I am deeply humbled knowing that I've been entrusted with the leadership of this beloved university.

As I began my tenure, I pledged to do all that I could to enhance the spirit of excellence that is our mantra here. I promised that we will continue to be accessible and affordable to the citizens of Illinois and beyond, and that the success of our students will continue to be our No. 1 goal.

As state support continues to decline, the challenge of affordability becomes more pronounced.  The university is working diligently to identify actions that will enhance revenues and cut expenses, and we continue to rely heavily on the generosity that you, our donors, have demonstrated time and time again.  Your gifts – many of which directly support deserving young men and women -- have made many a dream of higher education a reality.  On behalf of the university, and the countless lives you have touched, I thank you for your support.

David M. Glassman
President, Eastern Illinois University