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Donor Stories

  • Garry '64 & Janet (Elder) '63 ErnstGarry '64 & Janet (Elder) '63 Ernst
    Since Janet and Garry had met at EIU and finally married 41 years later, they have decided to name Eastern Illinois University...

  • Michael Chron '86Michael Chron '86
    I retired in May, 2008 from Eastern. I miss Eastern and the students I came to know during my 20-year career in the Communication Studies Department.

  • Rick Ingram, '78: A Legacy of OpportunityRick Ingram, '78: A Legacy of Opportunity
    On April 13, 2012 we held our Annual Legacy Celebration on campus. Legacy Celebration recognizes our donors, philanthropy award winners...

  • Gift of InsuranceGift of Insurance
    Austin decided to honor his mother for her birthday and other holidays by creating an endowment supporting campus beautification.

  • Dr. Mary Lou HubbardDr. Mary Lou Hubbard
    Dr. Mary Lou Hubbard remembers the emphasis her mother put on her as a little girl to obtain an education and to be self-sufficient.

  • Bequest for Campus BeautificationBequest for Campus Beautification
    Eastern Illinois University alumnus Thomas Hoehn '68 has committed to a substantial bequest that honors some of his most significant experiences at Eastern.

  • Lois ElliottLois Elliott
    The late Dr. Charles and Lois Elliott always knew that they wanted to leave a legacy to EIU in their estate plan to honor the many years...

  • Jeff '68 & Lila '69 ScottJeff '68 & Lila '69 Scott
    Jeff & Lila Scott grew up in Salem, Illinois, as high school sweethearts and attended Eastern Illinois University in the late 1960s.

  • Charles W. Witters, SIORCharles W. Witters, SIOR
    I was born and raised in Charleston, Illinois just down 6th St. from Old Main. I attended the Robert G. Buzzard Lab. School on the Campus...

  • Cheryl Crates '70Cheryl Crates '70
    Cheryl, a resident of Algonquin recently made plans to include the EIU Foundation in her Will by creating a bequest for the Anam Cara Scholarship, a scholarship...

Gift Examples

  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.

  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low...