Thank You!

The Education and Research Fund appreciates the energy and generosity of all those who contributed during the 2021 ACUI Virtual Annual Conference. Through the happy hour events, trivia fundraising, active ACUI program, online silent auction, and other contributions, over $12,500 was raised to support the Financial Assistance Fund. These funds will allow professionals and students to continue their membership, access educational resources, and participate in professional development programs.

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.

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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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Eddie Seavers


Eddie Seavers,
Ramapo College

"With an indication that there would be no funds for professional development at Ramapo College, we knew that the dues for ACUI would be out of reach for us—until ACUI announced the Financial Assistance Fund. Since applying and receiving funds to cover most of our yearly dues, we have benefitted from the daily community emails, multiple webinars, and ACUI together. We have student and staff interest in the regional conference and were thrilled to discover how affordable the Annual Conference would be this year and how many of our colleagues would be able to benefit. In a year of challenges, the ACUI Financial Assistance Fund helped solve one in a big way."

Amy Livchak


Amy Livchak,
Ohio State University–Lima

"My ACUI journey started with the 2019 Annual Conference. Within the year of attending the conference, I displayed confidence and developed new programming initiatives noticed by others. When 2020 rolled around, sadly, the administration halted spending on our campus. I quickly submitted my request for assistance and received funds to continue membership. I feel ACUI members and staff give that extra touch to make new members feel welcomed and encouraged to make connections. As an office of one who wears many hats and is underfunded, this membership is not something that I take for granted. I cannot imagine navigating 2020 without ACUI."

Lincoln Johnson


Lincoln Johnson,
University of Washington

"I can so vividly remember my first ACUI regional and annual conferences like they were yesterday. What always stands out are the people who welcomed, embraced, encouraged, and challenged me. ACUI made me a better volunteer, manager, and leader. I contribute monthly to ACUI because I believe in its mission to foster this zany, beautiful profession of ours. The Education and Research Fund helps support and lift up student leaders and staff members through financial assistance, awards, programs, and scholarships— helping those who just might be seeking the same kind of mentorship, education, and connection that I was lucky to gain those many years ago."

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.