Annual Giving

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.

Annual Fund

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.

Give to the Annual Fund

Associate Director of Development for Annual and Planned Gifts

""I feel so fortunate to be able to see the impact every single day that our donors have on our students’ lives. Nothing can do justice to watching a student who is no longer stressed about how they’ll pay for school or a student who is getting the opportunity to attend a professional conference they didn’t think possible. What our donors do matters. I wish they could directly see the difference they make as I get to!""

Ally Holland

Ally Holland, Associate Director of Development for Annual and Planned Gifts

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!