Do more than cheer from the sideline. Get involved to support Southeast in providing student-centered education and experiential learning for the region and beyond.

The University Foundation, since its inception in 1983, collects and manages resources that allow Southeast to enhance the quality and extend the range of services provided to its students and the region. 

We take pride in recognizing special opportunities for Southeast and undertake fundraising activities to enable the University to capitalize on them. The Foundation recognizes donors who provide strength for the continually improving growth, visibility, and excellence of the University. 

A Board of Directors oversees the work of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Membership includes many Southeast alumni, regional business leaders, and supporters of the University. Each year, new members are elected to this dedicated group of volunteers.

What We Do

  • Support students in uncertain times.

    The University Foundation established an emergency fund focused on providing COVID-19 relief to Southeast students. The emergency fund provides aid to ensure financial hardship does not cause a disruption in any student’s ability to pursue their education.
  • Allocate resources to where they’re needed most.

    Annual fund gifts allow Southeast to send those gifts where they’re needed the most. This kind of flexibility allows the University to enhance the opportunities offered to current and future students. Without the support of the Annual Fund, Southeast would no longer be able to offer a quality education at an affordable price.
  • Honor and support the power of women.

    Entrepreneurs and philanthropists unite at the annual Power of Women Digital Summit to raise scholarship funds while empowering, transforming and connecting with their next generation of colleagues and customers. The event includes dynamic speakers who are often our alumni and friends to share their tips and talents with the audience.
  • Tackle fundraising events to foster a spirit of giving.

    It only takes one day to make a difference. Southeast’s annual Giving Day offers an opportunity to give back to the campus and make an impact on future Redhawks. The one-day social media campaign allows alumni and friends to directly address specific campus needs and to support student success with small gifts.

Alumnus, Radiation Safety Officer at Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics

"I give to Southeast because I want students to have the opportunity to attend college with one less financial worry; I want them to start careers without a mountain of student loan debt and to give back to the institution that gave me a great start on my career path."

Nanci Burchell

Nanci Burchell smiles for a portrait.

By the numbers

  • $4.4M

    Donated to endowed scholarships in FY2021

    Scholarships play an important role in ensuring the high-quality education we provide remains accessible to all. Southeast created 22 new endowed scholarships in FY2021 thanks to generous Southeast supporters.

  • 344

    Faculty and staff members recognized for their contributions.

    Members of the Southeast faculty and staff give more than their time and talent to the University. More than 300 faculty and staff committed to financial contributions that ensure life-changing experiences for the dedicated students of today.

  • $16k

    Donated to help students in uncertain times.

    With the sudden disruption of life at Southeast Missouri State University and in communities around the world, our students were faced with uncertain times, new challenges, and, in many cases, unexpected costs. Our donors contributed more than $16,000 of COVID-19 relief to help students cover unexpected costs in 2020.

  • $7.3M

    Total giving in FY2021

    The generosity of our community continues to Build SEMO Strong. It’s because of our donors, alumni, and friends that we’re able to constantly enhance the opportunities available to current and future students.

The generosity to give. The will to do.

Support Southeast

When it comes to supporting our fellow Redhawks, we do whatever it takes. Help advance the causes and mission of Southeast Missouri State University by supporting it with a gift.

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