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Roosevelt is shaped and sustained with your support.

Whether you’re a longtime supporter or making your very first gift, Roosevelt offers several ways for your contribution to directly benefit our student community and advance the quality of their education. You can choose which giving program is right for you:

Annual Giving - One and Done

One of the most integral components to Roosevelt University’s fundraising is our Annual Fund. A pooled collection of general funds, the Annual Fund is used to offset immediate operating costs of all colleges, departments and programs across our Chicago and Schaumburg campuses. Gifts to the Annual Fund from alumni, friends, faculty and staff help the University by:

  • protecting and elevating the availability of student scholarships
  • enhancing academic services
  • providing computers and multimedia technology
  • sponsoring leadership and career advancement programs
  • updating library materials
  • supporting research centers and institutes
  • making numerous other campus resources possible 

Concentrated fundraising initiatives occur once every year, and no contribution is too small. Every donor matters to us, no matter how large or small their contribution, but we truly count on our diverse alumni community to drive our fundraising efforts and help spread the word about Roosevelt’s academic excellence and dedication to a better future for our society. Donations are primarily generated through direct mail fundraising appeals and our Phonathon, a student-run calling program that targets the loyal support of University alumni and friends.

WarningDonors who give $250.00 or more during the fiscal year are recognized each year in the Honor Roll issue of the Roosevelt Review.

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Planned Giving - Pass on your Legacy to the future

Roosevelt University is able to continue its educational mission with the generous and thoughtful estate and planned gifts of our alumni and friends. Planned giving, because it is deferred giving, enables you to support Roosevelt without impacting your current financial situation – which benefits you and Roosevelt University.

Will or Living Trust

The most common form of planned giving is a bequest made through a will or living trust. Options include:

  • Specific Bequest – You designate a specific dollar amount to Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill.

  • Percentage Bequest – You designate a percentage of your estate to Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill.

  • Residual BequestRoosevelt University, Chicago, Ill. is named as a residual beneficiary. After all specific bequests, taxes and expenses have been paid, Roosevelt University receives a portion of what remains.

  • Contingent BequestRoosevelt University, Chicago, Ill. is named the contingent or next beneficiary should the primary beneficiary (spouse, child, friend) pre-decease you.

Join Roosevelt’s esteemed Fireside Circle with your planned gift. Fireside Circle members have made provisions for Roosevelt in their wills or through some other method of planned giving.

Designation of Use:

If you designate a gift to Roosevelt University without restrictions, your gift will support the greatest needs of the University. This could be capital projects, academic programs, scholarships or other pressing needs as determined by the President and the Board of Trustees.

You can also designate a specific use for your bequest. Most of our endowed scholarship funds were estate gifts. You can create a scholarship to memorialize a beloved family member or friend, or you can create your own legacy at the University.

Other Ways to Give

You can name Roosevelt University on the following:

  • Bank Accounts
  • IRA, 401K, 501C, other retirement and investment accounts
  • Insurance Policies
  • Real estate, art work and other valuable collections such as books

Your will or living trust should be drafted by your attorney. If you wish, the Planned Giving office would be happy to confer with you and your attorney.

To discuss planned giving options – please contact Margaret Braggs at (312) 341-3630 for more information.

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Matching Gifts - Partner with your employer to increase your impact.

Once you’ve decided on your level of support, find out if your gift is eligible for corporate matching. A large number of  businesses, corporations and associations encourage their employees to support non-profit institutions like universities by matching individual donations dollar for dollar; some will even double or triple-match the gift! Some also match gifts made by spouses, retirees and affiliates – so check it out.

Strengthen your contribution by asking your employer (or former employer, if you are retired) if they have a matching gift program. Here’s how:

  • Ask your company’s Human Resources Department if they every match charity donations.
  • If so, ask your employer for a gift matching form.
  • Review the form for complete details regarding eligibility and restrictions. 
  • Complete the form and include it with your gift to Roosevelt University.

Upon receiving your gift, our development team will process payment and notify your employer. The designation of a matched gift aligns with the corresponding original gift, unless otherwise specified by the company policy. Matched funds count toward your total donation, so consider taking advantage of this corporate generosity and become a member of one of our many Giving Clubs.

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Faculty/Staff Payroll Deductions - invest in our students

Our faculty and staff embrace their responsibility of making Roosevelt’s vision a reality. Every day our efforts further the University's mission, but there are other ways to help as well. By making a gift to the school, faculty and staff have yet another opportunity to invest in our students and in the University’s future. As a Roosevelt employee, you can request that a regular donation be deducted from your paycheck.

To establish a payroll deduction gift, complete and sign the Faculty/Staff Pledge Form.  

If you have questions regarding your current payroll deduction gift, please contact Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, call Jan Parkin at (312) 341-4327 or contact her via email.

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Resource Donations - it's not always a monetary thing

Career Development and Alumni Relations sponsor a professional networking group, called Roosevelt Connect, on LinkedIn to facilitate discussions among current students, alumni and employers.

For more information about mentorship opportunities, or for general information about career services and resources available to alumni, visit the Career Development website and read about Alumni involvement.

If you have further questions, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (888) RU-ALUMS, e-mail our staff.

Making a gift to Roosevelt is simple and convenient!

  • onlineGive Online: Submitting your gift online is the easiest way to give. To pledge your support electronically through our secure server, select Give Now. We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

  • PhoneGive by Phone: If you’d like to make a secure gift by phone, call our Annual Giving team at (312) 341-2138. Again, we accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

  • Email CommunicationGive by Mail: We also accept personal checks and money orders. Please be sure all checks and money orders are payable to Roosevelt University, and be sure to include a note confirming your name, address, phone number and gift designation.Please mail your gift to:

    Roosevelt University Office of Institutional Advancement
    430 S. Michigan Ave., Mailstop AUD818
    Chicago, IL 60605

Need more information? Please feel free to contact us with your comments, questions and concerns. Our knowledgeable development staff are always on hand and happy to assist you.