Each year, thousands of Southeast Missouri State University alumni, parents and friends express their loyalty to the University through their annual donations. Unlike endowed gifts, annual gifts are used in the current operating year, providing discretionary funds to be allocated where they are most needed. This kind of flexibility allows the University to enhance the opportunities offered to students.
The annual giving program was established when the Southeast Missouri University Foundation was created in 1983, and there are several different ways you can give annually to the University.
All of these gifts, regardless of size, are greatly appreciated and answer a need. The first gift of a new graduate is just as important as the sizable contribution of a long-time donor. Both represent a real commitment to Southeast. Investing in Southeast through annual gifts allows you to truly make a difference in the lives of today’s students.
The Annual Fund is an exciting way make a difference for students today. Approximately 2,500 alumni, parents, and friends annually renew their commitment to the University, making it possible to take timely advantage of special opportunities to strengthen a Southeast education above what our operating budget allows.
Last year alone students benefitted from the Annual Fund contributions of nearly $200,000! Without the support of generous alumni and friends like you, Southeast would no longer be able to offer a quality education at an affordable price. Your support of the Annual Fund provides the margin of excellence required for students to excel. Whether you’re a recent graduate with a new career opportunity, or a retiree looking back on your college days, you can make a difference for Southeast students.
Individual contributors of $250 or more during the fiscal year receive special recognition as members of the Copper Dome Society. Copper Dome Society members receive invitations to special events throughout the year and recognition in the Foundation Annual Report, among other things.
Consider the academic and personal growth you experienced as a result of your Southeast education and what that’s worth…supporting the Annual Fund today ensures current students have the same opportunities.
Associate Director of Development for Annual and Planned Gifts
Did you know that many companies will match your gift to Southeast? Or possibly double or even triple your gift!
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your employer offers a matching gift program, please let us know when making your gift. Then complete your employer’s matching gift application with the following information:
- Recipient: Southeast Missouri University Foundation
- Tax/EIN: 43-1291797
- Address: One University Plaza, MS 7300, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Please contact us if you have any questions about matching gifts.
Pledges are gifts that are paid over time. You are in control of the details of your pledge. You can determine your pledge amount, where your gift goes, the period of time over which the pledge will be paid and the frequency of payments.
Southeast will send a pledge reminder each time a payment is due. To make a pledge, simply complete our online gift form and select the pledge option.
SEMO faculty and staff are among our most loyal supporters. Together, they have proven we can accomplish far more than we can individually.
If you are a Southeast faculty or staff member and would like your gift to the University automatically deducted from your pay, complete the payroll deduction form.
Your Gift Makes a Difference!
You choose where your passion is, and we’ll help you make a difference for Southeast students in that area. Whether you’re supporting students through endowed scholarships, donating to the Redhawk Food Pantry, providing funds to Kent Library to enhance student research, supporting students with experiential learning opportunities, or giving to the University Fund to support the immediate area of greatest need, you make a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you!
We’re Here to Help
Your giving journey should be an enjoyable one, and we’re here to help make that happen.
Meet our Team
Collectively, our team has over 200 years of experience in working with donors just like you. Many of us are Southeast alums, and all of us are donors ourselves, so we know the pride of supporting our students. Let us help you in your giving journey!