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The Northeastern Illinois University Foundation

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Northeastern Illinois University Foundation

Established in 1969, the NEIU Foundation functions as an independent Illinois not-for-profit foundation whose corporate mission is to advance the interests and welfare of the University. The Foundation is the official fundraising and private gift-receiving agency for Northeastern. 

The primary functions of the Foundation are to develop private support on behalf of the University, to promote the University’s mission and to receive and administer contributions. In this way, the Foundation plays a vital role in ensuring that the University remains highly affordable, while retaining the highest academic standards. Private contributions, when added to state resources, add an extra dimension of support that otherwise would not be possible. 

The Foundation works hand-in-hand with the President of Northeastern to identify strategic private support priorities, and partners with faculty and staff to develop fundraising strategies and tactics. The Foundation operates through a professional staff under the direction of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who serves as the Executive Director of the Foundation. The Foundation's Board of Directors, with the University President and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, provide leadership and direction for the Foundation’s activities.

To contact the Foundation, call (773) 442-4214 or email

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