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.
Thank you very much for selecting me to serve as President of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. I am honored to do so. This Foundation plays a very important role in supporting the University we care so much about.
At the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on Friday, October 12, Alan Baharlou, June Bubeck Giffin and Dennis D. Spice were honored as Outstanding Foundation Members; while, Dr. Jerry and Margery Heath and Ken Baker were awarded Honorary Lifetime Memberships in the Foundation. Each commented on the strong impact Eastern Illinois University has had on their personal and professional lives.
Eastern Illinois University has also had a significant positive impact on my life. I received an exceptional academic education at EIU. When I combined that with the life lessons learned in my days as a Resident Assistant, Graduate Assistant and Residence Hall Counselor at EIU, I was prepared to succeed in any professional field I decided to pursue. Most importantly, I met my wife of 40 years while at EIU. Her support and guidance has had an immeasurable impact on me and our three daughters.
As each of the honorees above so eloquently stated, we all benefited from our EIU days. The recognition of these benefits by our alumni, staff and friends coupled with a desire to make these same benefits available to future alumni, staff and friends played a huge role in the success of our Capital Campaign “E I & U”. The original goal of $50 million was eclipsed by almost $14 million! Thanks to Julie Nimmons and her Campaign Committee. Thanks to Bob Martin, Karla Watson and the philanthropy staff. Thanks to Leslie McDaniel, April Marchuk and Nancy Zytka at the Foundation. Thanks to President William Perry for his leadership. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for your generosity.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors understands and accepts its responsibility to protect and grow the assets you have entrusted to us.
Thanks again for your support of Eastern Illinois University.
Timothy L. Burke
President, Eastern Illinois University Foundation
Throughout the “EI&U: Expect Greatness” campaign, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our alumni and friends. The return on your investment of time, energy and financial gifts is impossible to quantify – it will be measured in improved lives and communities for generations to come.
On behalf of the students, faculty and staff, I thank you for your support. You are an integral part of the success of Eastern Illinois University, and we are grateful for your partnership.
William L. Perry
President, Eastern Illinois University