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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 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 protect and elevate the availability of student scholarships, academic services, computers and multimedia technology, leadership and career advancement programs, library materials, research centers and institutes, and numerous other campus resources. 

Concentrated fundraising initiatives occur once every year, and no contribution is too small. 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.

Planned Giving

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.

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.

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.

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

Matching Gifts

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.

Making a gift to Roosevelt is simple and convenient!

  • Give 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.

  • Give 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.

  • Give 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: AUD 827
    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.