How Your Gift Helps Rockford University

Every gift makes a difference to the students and faculty. Unrestricted gifts allows Rockford University to make that difference by directing those funds to the areas of greatest need. You may also designate your gift to support a department, program, scholarship fund, or other area of your choosing.

Your gifts to Rockford University allow us to:
• Award scholarships for deserving students.
• Fund service-learning programs throughout the community and into the world.
• Acquire state-of-the-art technology.
• Help students make meaningful connections between liberal learning and civic engagement.
• Provide faculty with funds to stay current with new methods of teaching and learning.

Your Gifts Bring Our Mission to Life

Our mission is to educate men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society.

A Rock Solid education starts here. 


From IRA to Z, We Have Everything You Need to Know

We are proud to be able to offer resources that can assist you in many ways. From understanding how changes to tax laws can impact your charitable rollovers to planning for legacy giving, the link below can help.

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Special Initiatives

The Charter Fund

The Charter Fund is the annual giving program for Rockford University. It pays tribute to the document by which the University was created and to the individuals and organizations that support us in maintaining it. It is a source of pride for us and unites current students, alumni, parents and friends in transforming Rockford University in the 21st century. A gift to the Charter Fund supports students today.


Rubin Education Challenge

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In December 2015, Rockford University and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) announced the University’s participation in the Rubin Education Challenge, a challenge grant offered by CFNIL to build scholarship endowments benefiting local students with financial need who attend local post-secondary institutions. Together, Rockford University and CFNIL will build a $3 million endowment, with CFNIL matching every dollar contributed by the University and its donors. The program is named after Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin whose $24.5 million gift to CFNIL made the matching endowments possible.

Each year, Rockford University awards more than $10 million in institutional aid, scholarship and grants, including $2 million awarded directly to students from the region. These funds are part of the University’s commitment to our students. The Rubin Education Challenge provides additional flexibility within our existing financial aid commitments, further enhancing our ability to enrich academic and co-curricular programs for all students. An increasingly robust scholarship base benefits students, current and future, while simultaneously elevating the profile of the institution and our community.

Your gift will be doubled through the Rubin Education Challenge, but contributions to the Rubin Education Challenge must be received by January 4, 2018.


Rock Solid and Ready: The Campaign for Rockford University

Rockford University delivers an education grounded in the liberal arts, providing students with the best possible foundation for a broad range of lives, careers, and meaningful citizenship; it’s been that way since 1847. Over the past several years, with strong core support, we have completed the hard work, demonstrated our enduring value, and are now taking strategic steps to strengthen our position. Looking ahead, we aspire to be a beacon for this region and beyond as an institution that is increasingly nimble, adaptive, and accessible.

Now we need you to believe in and invest in our future. Through participation in Rock Solid & Ready: The Campaign for Rockford University, you will help launch an era of progress. You will see just how much your leadership support will enhance our campus environment and the student experience.

We are rock solid and we are ready. To join us, please contact Denise Noe today.

Department Information

Office of Development
Johnson Alumni Center
5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
fax 815-226-4081
Denise Noe, Assistant Vice President

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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