Save the Date

The Education and Research Fund’s sixth annual Day of Giving will be Friday, December 4.

Keep the momentum going to raise funds for the Financial Assistance Fund. Since the fund was created a few months ago, we have raised over $23,000, which has already allowed many institutions to renew their ACUI membership and numerous individuals to participate in virtual learning programs.

Every contribution makes a difference.

Help Sustain Campus Community

ACUI announced any gifts made through 2021 will go to the new Financial Assistance Fund, supporting students and professionals affected by the pandemic and helping to sustain campus community for the next 100 years.

Donate Now

Given the financial pressures higher education is facing, we are committed to ensuring campus community builders can continue to receive professional development and network with leaders to advance student success.

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Tari Hunter


Tari Hunter,
California State Polytechnic University–Pomona

“I understand personally how important giving is to our membership’s ability to participate in professional development opportunities like conference, I-LEAD®, IPDS, and so much more. Giving has given me access to attend professional development programs, to meet colleagues from all over, and to learn how to build community. I continue to give to ACUI annually so the association can support the growth of students and staff which ultimately makes a positive impact on our field.”

Heather Wagoner


Heather Wagoner,
Virginia Tech

“I decided to make my first gift to ACUI for a number of reasons. First, I believe in the mission of the organization and feel that having a community of student union and activities professionals benefits our students. Secondly, I had a number of colleagues that I care deeply about choose to invest their talents in ACUI as volunteers, and I wanted to support their efforts. Finally, I gave to be a part of something larger than me or Virginia Tech. I gave to the future of our profession and the critical experiences and environments our work fosters. ”

Neela Patel


Neela Patel,
Rutgers University

"ACUI has been my professional association since I started my career almost 20 years ago, but I fell in love with it when I attended a regional conference as a student building manager. I started to give through the regional silent auction, and each year I continue to give a little more based on my financial circumstances. It is important for people to understand their capacity to give and not to feel like they need to give as much as someone else—give what you can because every dollar makes a difference for a person.”

Impact of Gifts

Given the financial pressures higher education is facing as a result of the pandemic, ACUI is committed to ensuring donations in 2020 enable campus community builders to receive professional development and access needed resources.


Financial support from the variety of scholarships available to attend ACUI programs helps another generation of leaders further their learning and commitment to the profession.

2020 Scholarship Recipients - Stidd and Melton


Little research exists about college unions, and we want to change that. The Education and Research Fund has helped finance research on student learning through the built environment, involvement, and campus employment. This is done through offerings such as the Research and Education Grant and the Daniel M. Maxwell Dissertation of the Year Award.

2020 Reseach Award Recipients - Heidi Lang and Dorsey Spencer

Giving Opportunities

Make a Gift

Reoccurring or one-time gifts can be made in any amount via check or credit card to help advance campus community any time of year. Every dollar counts!

Knot Club

I-LEAD® alumni are encouraged to donate in honor of the year attended to support the Meg Sutton I-LEAD® Scholarship, allowing future generations of student leaders to experience this life-changing program.

Conference Events

Engage supporters through the FUNd Run/Walk/Roll, bid on auction items during the Annual Conference, or participate in a signature event at the Annual Conference.

2020 Scholarship Recipients - Victoria Rice and Denee Jenkins
2020 Scholarship Recipients - Sydney Scott and Keith Kowalka
2020 Scholarship Recipients - Edi Kuhn and Spencer Vincent

Matching Gifts

Employer matching programs can double or triple your gift. If your or your spouse/partner’s company has a matching program, email Fundraising Manager Justin Rudisille to learn how to best navigate options.

Named Giving

Continue the legacy of a deserving individual by making a gift in their honor or giving to a named award endowment. For information about naming opportunities, please contact ACUI CEO John Taylor.

Estate Giving

Plan your philanthropic legacy through a bequest or list the Education and Research Fund as a retirement or insurance beneficiary. Learn more by contacting ACUI Director of Finance and Administration Dave Teske.