There are many initiatives, programs, departments, causes and scholarships at Northeastern Illinois University that could benefit from your generosity. If your goal is to support students with emergency needs, create a permanent resource that benefits students on their educational journey, or plan for Northeastern's future in your estate plans, our staff can discuss options with you to help realize your goals.
The Student Emergency Fund
Northeastern’s students are resilient, resourceful and innovative. However, given the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, students who had planned out their budgets for the semester are now dealing with unexpected circumstances such as loss of wages or off-campus jobs due to business shutdown, costs to pivot to online learning for the remainder of the semester, traveling home unexpectedly and more. The Student Emergency Fund is being deployed to provide financial assistance to support students in crisis.
The Leader Fund
Our cornerstone fund provides the NEIU Foundation with the ability to capitalize on opportunities, to foster excellence in its operations and to meet unanticipated needs throughout the year. Through this fund, students are supported as they present their research around the country and world, faculty are provided additional resources for their scholarly work, and classrooms are enhanced with new technology and learning resources. Donating via the PayPal Giving site is easy and fee-free for both the donor and Foundation. Click the Donate button below to be redirected to NEIU Foundation PayPal Giving page and give directly to the Leader Fund.
An endowment is a sizable fund of money invested by the NEIU Foundation to produce interest income. The principal investment remains untouched, while the annual interest earned supports a variety of purposes, including student scholarships, faculty support and University-wide programs and activities. Your endowed gift makes a difference every year as it grows over time. Learn more about creating and supporting endowments.
You may direct your gift to support the specific area of the University of greatest interest to you. Our colleges, and their departments and programs, have a wide range of funding opportunities including scholarship, programming and faculty support. Connect with the college you are interested in to find out more.
Corporate support and Sponsorships
There are many areas within Northeastern Illinois University that intersect with the corporate community. We invite our corporate friends to investigate the options available for partnership and sponsorship. Our Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is ready to help fulfill mutual goals.
Planned Giving: including NEIU in your estate planning
Create a legacy with Northeastern Illinois University by including a planned gift in your estate plan. We’ve partnered with FreeWill to provide a free, online tool that guides you through the process of making or updating your will in just 20 minutes. This tool allows you to secure the future of your loved ones and the causes you care about — and create a charitable bequest to NEIU that will make a difference in the lives of our students for years to come.
Another way to support students: If you have an IRA, 401(k) or life insurance policy, you can use FreeWill to designate the NEIU Foundation as a beneficiary of these assets. Naming the NEIU Foundation as a primary or contingent beneficiary of an asset costs you nothing now, and allows you to support our students in the future. What a thoughtful way to leave a legacy!
We strongly encourage all of our donors to seek appropriate legal and financial counsel. Information provided here is only an overview of the options available to you.