CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Last year, donors contributed more than $25.2 million to support Southern Illinois University students and programs, a 25 percent increase over the previous year according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.
"Our alumni and friends believe in SIU, and they are coming together to advance the university," Montemagno said. "Their investment in our students and our future is incredibly important. On behalf of the entire campus community, I thank all donors for their support and confidence as we move forward to fulfill our vision for the university."
These gifts and pledged were made between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.
"These gifts support scholarships for SIU students, equipment for laboratories, library resources, positions for outstanding faculty and much, much more," Montemagno added. "Many students wouldn't be able to attend SIU – or benefit from all we offer — without the generosity of our alumni and friends. Donors make the difference."
According to the foundation's chief executive officer, more than $15 million came in the form of cash and other gifts. Many donors also include pledges in the future by making a commitment to include SIU in their estate plans.
"All gifts, large and small, are important and valued," Salmo said. "Donors have a lot of options in the ways they can structure a gift to serve a cause that is important to them, whether it's paying it forward with a scholarship or investing in student and faculty research or academic facilities."
SIU is in the midst of a three-year, $75 million fund-raising initiative called "Forever SIU: The Campaign for Students." To date, the campaign has raised more than $60 million.