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Support through Giving

The Northeastern Illinois University Foundation and Alumni Association work with alumni and friends like you to help ensure that the University never stops transforming lives. Private contributions provide an extra dimension of support that otherwise would not be possible.

We invite you to explore the funds, scholarships, and opportunities available through the Foundation and Alumni Association. Because of gifts from alumni and friends like you, the University has:

  • Helped students stay enrolled through graduation
  • Created student travel and community engagement opportunities
  • Enhanced support for our dedicated faculty

Your gift, whatever its size, helps inspire and support the next generation of Northeastern graduates.

Northeastern Illinois University Foundation

The Foundation is an independent, Illinois not-for-profit organization that supports the important work of Northeastern by securing financial resources and managing these gifts for the University. The Foundation and the University share resources and partner together to advance the University’s mission.

Come explore the Foundation’s many giving opportunities. You can direct your gift to support the college, department, or scholarship of your choice. You can establish a new fund that honors a loved one. You can even transform the campus. Your gift matters.

Giving Opportunities

The University’s professional fundraising staff are ready to answer questions and to work with you. To learn more, please contact Liesl Downey, director of development, at l-downey@neiu.edu, (773) 442-4248, or James Vondracek, director of individual giving, at j-vondracek@neiu.edu, (773) 442-5814.

Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association

The Office of Alumni Relations supports the work of the Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Association, which is an important part of the NEIU Foundation. 

Alumni Relations serves more than 73,000 members and the University community. Through programs, projects and memberships, it fosters the lifelong relationships created through faculty and student interaction while in pursuit of academic excellence.

The Alumni Association is your link to the place and people who helped shape your education and path to success. Become a member, stay connected and take advantage of the benefits!

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