Annual Fund

The Annual Fund for Student Excellence is our vital annual source of funding beyond tuition and fee revenues. It supports all aspects of student life at Eastern, inside and outside the classroom, and therefore supports all of our strategic priorities.

This key source of funding is essential as we strive to sustain our quality undergraduate experience and take steps to secure an extraordinary future for Eastern.  Collectively these gifts – from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and others – have a tangible impact on Eastern that enhances the entire college community.

How do I make my gift?
The quickest way would be to use our online giving link:  making-your-gift

For more details, including how to make gifts of stock or where to learn more about putting Eastern in your will, please see our Ways to Give page. If you are writing a check, please make sure to write the check out to “ECSU Foundation, Inc.”

Can I designate my gift to a specific program or scholarship at Eastern?
Gifts to the Eastern Annual Fund provide unrestricted support for Eastern, which allows the university to put funds to use wherever the need is greatest. However, you are welcome to designate your gift to any endowed scholarship, athletics  or other restricted funds.  To designate your gift online, please click here.

What is the matching gift program?
Contact your Human Resources office to see if your organization matches charitable gifts to Eastern. If so, they can provide you with the form(s) you need to fill out and send to Eastern Connecticut State U., Development Office, 83Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226.

If your employer offers a matching gift program you may be able to double or even triple your gift to Eastern!

Will my gift be eligible for tax credit?
Yes. Official receipts will be issued for all gifts in excess of $49. All other gifts receive a post card acknowledgement.

What is Eastern’s tax ID number?
The ECSU Foundation, Inc. tax ID number is 23-7111053.

Will my gift count toward my class?
All gifts made to Eastern will count toward your class’ charitable totals. So please contact us about your class reunion efforts by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs.

When does Eastern ask for support?
Eastern’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The Eastern Annual Fund cycle coincides with the university’s fiscal year. Solicitations begin in August and continue throughout the fiscal year.

The Eastern Phonathon is a formal calling program that runs for approximately eight weeks in the Fall and eight weeks in the Spring.  Paid student callers solicit alumni and current parents for annual gifts.  The phonathon program generated $175K in gifts and pledges in FY18 while total giving to Eastern exceeded the $2 million mark for the seventh straight year.

Will my gift make a difference?
Yes. Unrestricted gifts to the Eastern Annual Fund provide the greatest flexibility for the University to meet its most pressing needs.  Every gift is needed, will have a positive impact, and is greatly appreciated!

Eastern Giving Societies
As you consider your contribution to Eastern, here is a listing of the giving levels:
Tower Society – $5,000 and above
Miriam Skidmore – $2,500 to $4,999
F.R. Noble – $1,000 to $2,499
1889 – $500 to $999
President’s – $300 to $499
Century – $100 to $299
Friends of Eastern – $50 to $99
Donors – $1 to $49