Happy Birthday, SEMO! Help us celebrate 150 years at our upcoming events:

  • SEMO Giving Day is Wednesday, March 20th! Help us Transform the Nest by choosing projects to support.
  • Join us for A Night with Cedric the Entertainer, SEMO alum, to support the Department of Mass Media and student scholarships on Saturday, March 23rd!
  • Come have a ball with us at the Sesquicentennial Ball, celebrating 150 years of SEMO traditions and transformations, and supporting student scholarships. We'll see you at the Show Me Center on Saturday, April 6th!
  • Calling all Alumni - join us Sunday, April 7th at Century Casino Cape Girardeau's Beacon 53 for the Eggsclipse Brunch!
  • Culminate our year-long celebration of SEMO's 150 years at the SEclipse University Block Party on Monday, April 8th!

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

  • Make big impacts for future students.

    Planned giving allows you to leave a lasting impact after your lifetime. When you include Southeast Missouri State University in your estate plan, your generosity helps lay the foundation for what our students can achieve. Let us help you find a charitable plan that both provides for your family and supports Southeast.

  • 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.
  • Make the most of your gift through Employer Matching Gifts.

    Did you know that many companies will match your gift to Southeast? Or possibly double or even triple your gift! Find out if your employer will match your donation.

  • 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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