Office of University Development

Contact Us

    Office of University Development
    860 W. Lincoln Avenue
    Eastern Illinois University
    Charleston, IL 61920
    Phone: 581-3313



gift planning


gift planning
Your Endowment

Give a Gift to EIU

Convenience is key for our generous donors. Perhaps you prefer the ease of online giving or a university payroll deduction, but maybe chatting about your gift directly with a philanthropy officer is more appealing. No matter what, we're here to make the process easy for you. 

Online Giving

Five minutes and an Internet connection are all it takes to give a gift to EIU. Our secure site provides numerous giving options; you can donate to a specific program, or allow the university to direct your gift as it sees fit.

If you are making your contribution by credit card, you can help the Foundation save the 2 percent credit card processing fee by making a voluntary, additional 2 percent contribution.

Gift Planning

When it comes to helping Eastern Illinois University prepare students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships, you can choose from many giving options besides simply writing a check. Whether you want to support our mission today or design a plan that benefits our students, faculty and programs after you're gone, you can feel good knowing that you are shaping the future of Eastern Illinois University. For more information on gift planning, click here.

Electronic Funds Transfer

Through EFT, you can spread the cost of your annual support over the course of a year by authorizing your bank to transfer to Eastern a predetermined monthly amount — it's as easy as printing and completing this form, and puts your gift to work right away!

Payroll Deductions

EIU employees may contribute through payroll deduction. For more information, please e-mail Karla Watson, Assistant Vice President of University Advancement, or call 217-581-3313.

Write a Check

Those wishing to make a gift in the form of a check can make it payable to the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. Checks can be mailed to the following address:

EIU Foundation
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

The Personal Touch

We are happy to discuss giving opportunities with donors directly. Contact the Office of University Development at 217-581-3313 or e-mail Karla Watson.

Giving Options

When giving, it is especially easy to direct your gift to your specific interest area. The links below will help you make exactly the type of contact with which you are most comfortable.


Giving Notes: Contributions to Eastern Illinois University may be made in cash, check or credit card (American Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard). For tax purposes, a receipt will be issued for all gifts to the university.