The Campaign for EIU — Thank You

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We certainly expected greatness from our alumni, friends, faculty and staff when we set an ambitious $50 million fundraising goal for Eastern Illinois University's "EI&U: Expect Greatness" campaign.

We were most impressed by the extraordinary way in which you rose to the challenge. You not only met the goal earlier than anticipated, you exceeded it by 27%, contributing an amazing $63,696,747. To say we are grateful is an understatement.

More important than meeting a deadline or a goal amount, of course, is the fact that your hard work and generosity will have a lasting impact on the future of EIU. More than 43,000 individual gifts -- some from loyal donors, and some from individuals who gave to EIU for the first time -- worked together to make the campaign a success.

One of the most exciting outcomes of the campaign was that we were able to reconnect with numerous alumni we'd lost touch with through the years. Each relationship renewed is important to us as we get reacquainted with EIU alumni who are making their mark on the world in a variety of meaningful ways.

Through contributions of time, effort and resources, people from every facet of the university played a role in the campaign's success. This relentless dedication to Eastern Illinois University speaks volumes to how important EIU is as an educational institution and a cultural beacon. You can be proud of the fact that your generosity will help it remain so for years to come.

Thank you for your outstanding generosity and support.


Robert Martin
Vice President for University Advancement

William Perry, President

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As a researcher, I can conduct my research at many other institutions. Eastern has allowed me the freedom to do the research I want to do, and that in turn has allowed me to excel.

Marko Grünhagen, Professor
63.6 million dollars

We have raised $63.6 million toward our goal of $50 million. Learn more about the priorities of the campaign and how your gift impacts EIU.