Philanthropy at Eastern

The mission of the Office of Development is to raise philanthropic dollars in support of Eastern’s liberal arts mission that embraces access and affordability. Accordingly, our focus over the past decade has been to increase scholarship awards for students with financial need while also growing the overall donor base.

A record 4,250 donors gave to Eastern in FY16 including an all-time high of 2,500 alumni donors. The growth over the past decade has been fourfold with alumni donors and threefold with total donors with our commitment to continue this upward trend.

In FY 2008, the ECSU Foundation awarded $160,000 in scholarships. Eight years later at the close of FY 2016 the Foundation, in concert with the Office of Financial Aid, awarded $620,000 to deserving students, making it possible for them to continue their pursuit of an Eastern degree. This was due in large part to the success of our fundraising initiatives that resulted in the Foundation endowment growing from $5 million at the close of FY 2006 to $13.7 million a decade later.

We are proud that Eastern has raised over $2 million in each of the past five fiscal years, a first. What we know is that throughout the 125-year history of this university, Eastern has been sustained by the generosity of numerous alumni, parents, foundations, corporations and friends. By investing in Eastern, you are propelling Eastern forward in its quest to become one of the top regional public liberal arts colleges.

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The SBM Charitable Foundation has contributed just shy of $1.2 million to Eastern over the past 12 years in support of the following key programs:

  • Endowed scholarship for Eastern students pursuing a career in early childhood education
  • Dual College Initiative (DCI) targeting students graduating from Manchester High School who were not planning to attend a four-year college
  • Academic Excellence Scholarships for high achieving students attending Eastern from Manchester High School and/or Manchester Community College

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