About Forward Funder

Forward Funder is SIU School of Medicine’s online fundraising to support the mission of the school. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we are highlighting 50 funds you can support to help our mission move forever forward. 

Still have questions?  See FAQs below or email foundation@siumed.edu

SIU School of Medicine FAQ

What is Forward Funder? 

Forward Funder is SIU School of Medicine’s online fundraising to support the mission of the school.

Who can I contact with questions about crowdfunding? 

You can contact Rebecca Budde, 217-545-9402 or rebeccab@foundation.siu.edu or Megan Matzat, 217-545-2955 or meganm@foundation.siu.edu.

Where do gifts go? 

Donors are welcome to designate their gift to any designation on Forward Funder. If you don’t see a fund you’d like to give to, call or email us to learn about other opportunities that are available. You can reach us toll free 217-545-2955 or foundation@siumed.edu

Why should I give annually to SIU School of Medicine? 

Your gifts play an increasingly vital role as revenue from other sources, including state or federal appropriations, have stalled or declined.

Is my payment secure?

Absolutely. CyberSource is our payment processor. It ensures PCI compliance in processing gifts. Anyone interested in donating at http://foreverfunder.siu.edu will be directed to Cybersource, which encrypts all the information and processes transactions. 

Is my contribution tax-deductible?  

Yes! All philanthropic contributions to the institution are tax-deductible as prescribed by law.  

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution? 

Yes! The SIU Foundation will send you a receipt immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.  

When will my credit card be charged? 

Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.  

What can I do to spread the word about supporting SIU School of Medicine? 

Help spread the excitement by sharing our fundraising campaigns on your social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #SIUSOMGives. If you'd like to become an official SU School of Medicine Ambassador, email us at foundation@siumed.edu.

Will the funds raised be returned if a project does not meet its goal? 

No.  All gifts raised will be deposited in the account for each project regardless of whether the project goal is attained or not.  

Can I send a gift by mail or call the Foundation to support a crowdfunding project? 

Yes. While we prefer online submissions, you can mail or call in donations as well. Our mailing address is 409 W. Calhoun Avenue, Springfield, IL 62794-9666. Or please call us at 217.545.2955.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution? 

Call Heather Hollmann at 618-453-4935 or email heatherh@foundation.siu.edu.

How do I make a gift of securities? 

Please call Cindy Ciganovich, Investment Specialist, at 618-453-4922.

Are international donations accepted? 

Yes, the institution accepts international gifts via credit card or check.  

What is the institution's Employer Identification Number (EIN), also know as a Federal Tax Identification Number? 

The Institution's Tax ID Number is 37-6024575