GivingTuesday campaign tops $27,000

A fundraising effort to help the students, faculty and staff at Western Illinois University has brought in more than $27,000.

The 2021 #GivingTuesday campaign is a movement that is held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It supports programs and special projects at WIU.

“We are grateful for each and every Leatherneck who joined us on #GivingTuesday in the spirit of generosity and in supporting the institution they love,” said Tim Hallinan, director of the WIU Foundation’s Annual Fund, in a news release from WIU. “Great things truly happen when Leathernecks give.”

Some of the projects that will be helped by the campaign include the WIU Food Pantry, Multicultural Center sustainability efforts, fraternity and sorority life leadership, Alternative Spring Break, WIU Student Emergency Fund and the Sherman Hall carillon, an instrument that features bronze bells. Gifts were also directed to specific scholarships and other WIU programs.

All totaled, $27,494 was raised, with $3,340 designated for WIU Fund It campaign projects.

The new WIU Fund It is a platform to help the WIU community raise money for various projects. It works like a Kickerstarter with one big difference: All projects are conceived by WIU students, alumni, faculty and staff with all money going to help each project.

For more information on WIU’s annual fund and other giving opportunities, visit

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