Ways to give


The greatest legacy we can leave for future generations is access to an education grounded in diversity and equality. With your generous support, we can build upon Roosevelt's rich legacy and achieve our most important priority — student success. The contributions of alumni and friends, as well as corporations and foundations pave new pathways for Roosevelt students. Here are a few ways you can help make a difference for our students, today and in the future.

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Roosevelt’s Annual Fund is a collection of several funds that provide flexible, day-to-day resources for our students, faculty and programs where they are needed most. Contributions have an immediate impact in the current academic year. With a one-time or recurring gift, you can support urgent student-focused initiatives, including student scholarships, emergency funding and University operations.


Estate Giving

Planned and estate gifts are significant gifts made during an individual's lifetime, or at death, as part of the individual's overall financial plan. These gifts include, but are not limited to, the following types of gifts. If you have included Roosevelt University in your will or would like to discuss these options further, please contact the Director of Development & Strategic Fundraising.
  • Beneficiary Designations | A donor may choose to identify Roosevelt as a beneficiary within their life insurance policy, IRA, 401(k) or other retirement funds.
  • IRA Charitable Roll-Over | A tax-free gift transferred directly to Roosevelt University from the donor's IRA by an individual who is 70.5 years old or older.
  • Real Estate & Personal Property | Gifts such as homes, property, artwork and other tangible items are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Stock & Mutual Funds | Publicly traded and closely held stocks and bonds may be accepted at a fair market value as determined under IRS rules.




Named Gifts | A named gift is a one-time or annual gift made in the form of cash or stock, and the gift is made in honor of the donor or an individual of their choice. Naming opportunities are dependent upon the gift amount. Examples of named gifts include scholarships, professorships, rooms, centers, colleges, buildings or other University initiatives.

Endowed Gifts | Endowed funds require a minimum investment of $50,000 and can be applied towards scholarships, professorships, department chairs or other University initiatives, as desired by the donor. The lead gift is invested and a portion of the fund is available for annual distribution. Available endowment opportunities are dependent upon the value of each gift.

Matched Gifts | Does your employer or foundation match charitable contributions? If so, please notify your employer of your gift to Roosevelt. There may be a form you will need to fill out. To request confirmation of your gift, please email



The Women's Leadership Council advisory board provides leadership and direction to the Women's Leadership Council membership and to Roosevelt. This select group of individuals will strengthen the Roosevelt legacy by addressing the issues faced by current and aspiring women leaders, leveraging an inclusive network to seek improvements and solutions.

The advisory board provides advice and counsel on the University's efforts to support the women of Roosevelt: current students, alumni and friends of the University. The advisory board builds awareness of important and relevant issues and shares their expertise and talents.


  • Ann Ford, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Partner of Hall Prangle & Schoonveld LLC
  • Larissa Herczeg, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Managing Director and CIO of Oak Street Real Estate Capital


  • Melissa Bean, Roosevelt Alumna (BA '02), CEO of Mesirow Wealth Advisors, Mesirow Financial, Former U.S. Representative
  • Terri Brax (MSMC '93), Founder of TeacherCare and CEO at Women Tech Founders
  • Vicki Fuller, Roosevelt Alumna (BS '79) and Board of Trustees Member, Board Member of Fidelity Investments and The Williams Companies, Inc., Former CIO of the New York State Common Retirement Fund
  • Sarah Guernsey, Deputy Director and Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Patricia Harris, Roosevelt Alumna (BGS '80) and Board of Trustees Chair, Former Global Chief Diversity Officer at McDonald’s Corporation
  • Mablene Krueger, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg Campus
  • Kenyatta K. Matheny, Chief Investment Officer of EquiTrust
  • Margaret Price, Ethics and Compliance Officer, Medical Devices at Abbott
  • Clarita Santos, Executive Director of Corporate and Civic Partnerships at Health Care Service Corporation
  • Joyce E. Tucker, Roosevelt Board of Trustees Member, Former Vice President of Global Diversity and Employee Rights for The Boeing Company

past events

View our virtual panels held over Women's History Month.

Women Making History 2022Roosevelt Women Making History Panel
| View Recording
Alumnae shared how they found career success, address compassion fatigue, and explore challenges and opportunities for women in STEM.
Phyllis Cavallone (MA ’99), Executive Director for Ladder Up
Dr. Jo-Ann Jose (BS ’08), Board-Certified Infectious Disease Physician at St. Louis University, Expert in HIV Infection
Dr. Antu Segal (MA ’12, PsyD ’15), Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist at the Transplant Institute of Henry Ford Hospital


Women in Business

Women in Business Panel | View Recording
Prominent business leaders talk about the roots of their success, the importance of diversity in the business world, and offer advice to future businesswomen. The discussion will be moderated by student Deutsch Herczeg Scholar and Chair of the Women in Business Club, Maria Rivera.

Terri Brax (MSMC '93), Founder of TeacherCare and CEO at Women Tech Founders
Vicki Fuller (BS '79), RU Board of Trustees Member, Former CIO of the New York State Common Retirement Fund


JoIn the council

Become a member of the Council and begin receiving invites to our events and programs. You'll also benefit from our quarterly newsletter, where we share resources and updates.

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