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


With heartfelt appreciation we say thank you!  Your continued support and generosity are helping our students realize their dreams. Yes, your efforts are providing talented students with scholarships, making it possible for them to actually come to Eastern to study.  But, more importantly, you’re giving them the opportunity to embrace futures only possible with formal education. 

At Eastern, we emphasize hands-on learning through student research, internship and study aboard experiences. Your gifts have expanded these opportunities and opened new doors for students eager to grow academically and personally. Because of you, the vast, exciting world beyond our doorstep is closer than ever and our students are most grateful.  Likewise, our exceptional and highly skilled faculty are conducting research and receiving professional training through grants your support has underwritten. You are making a positive difference across our campus.

As a result of your benevolence, Eastern Illinois University is changing lives for the better.  And because of your example, a future generation is being taught the importance of giving back and becoming a part of something bigger than themselves. Thank you for everything you do!

David M. Glassman
President, Eastern Illinois University