About SUAA Foundation

The SUAA Foundation was established in 1989 with the goal of providing the following services as deemed desirable beneficial, and fundable as determined by the Foundation Board of Directors: 

  1. Support for education and dissemination of information regarding issues affecting the welfare of members of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), hereafter called SUAA.
  2. Emergency assistance to SUAA members who are in need of financial support.
  3. Support to those Chapters establishing Survivor Assistance Programs. 
  4. Support a scholarship and grants program for members of SUAA and their families.

The SUAA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization, recognized by the IRS as a public charity. 

The SUAA Foundation Emergency Assistance Program is designed to help chapters provide support for members who are facing a sudden need for funds to cope with a crisis situation. Chapters may request assistance of up to $1,500 on behalf of individuals who have been SUAA members for 5 years or more.  For more information and a copy of the application, please use the “Emergency Assistance Information Page” link below. 

To help Chapters with their Survivor Assistance Programs, the Foundation has prepared a bookmark-sized handout with instructions for SURS members concerning such issues as (a) the documents that should already be on file with SURS and (b) whom to notify when a SURS member passes away.  Chapter leaders can obtain copies of the bookmark from the State Office.

The SUAA Foundation offers up to six scholarships of up to $1,000 per scholarship annually.  The scholarships are awarded for use in accredited degree-seeking programs, eligible technical/trade programs, and eligible certificate programs. The applicant must be a SUAA member in good standing or the spouse/partner, child, or grandchild of a SUAA member in good standing. For more information and a copy of the application, please use the “SUAA Foundation Educational Scholarship Program & Professional Development Grants" link below. Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year have been awarded. Details regarding the application process for the 2022-23 academic year will be posted on the website after January 1, 2022. 

In addition, the SUAA Foundation offers up to two grants of up to $1,000 per grant annually for professional development activities (travel expenses are excluded).  The applicant must be a SUAA member in good standing who is currently employed at an Illinois institution of higher education. Applications are accepted throughout the year and grants are awarded throughout the year until two grants have been awarded. For more information and a copy of the application, please use the "SUAA Foundation Educational Scholarship Program & Professional Development Grants" link below. Applications will be reviewed beginning on June 15, 2021.  The award year is Fall 2021 through Summer 2022. Grants are still available for 2021-22 academic year.

We continue to work on ways to provide information and assistance to our chapters and members, and we appreciate your continuing support.  Contributions to the Foundation can be made through the link shown below.

SUAA Foundation Address
217 East Monroe Street
Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62701

Contribute to Foundation (NOT intended for member dues payments)
Click Here

Foundation Contributors by Month
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Emergency Assistance Information Page
Click Here

SUAA Foundation Educational Scholarship Program & Professional Development Grants
Click Here


Foundation Long-Range Planning Committee Report 2.28.21
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 The SUAA Foundation Executive Committee 

Elliott Dudnik UIC Chair 2021-2023
Alice Medenwald NEIU Vice Chair 2020-2022
Narbeth Emmanuel SIUE Treasurer 2021-2023
Cathy Carruthers  LCC  Secretary 2021-2022
Sally Mullan COD Member-at-Large 2021-2023
H.F. Williamson UIUC Member-at-Large 2021-2023
Andy Small NIU Member-at-Large 2021-2023
Robert Laursen PC Member-at-Large 2020-2022
Jerry Lewis JJC Member-at-Large 2020-2022
Jan Cook ISU Member-at-Large 2021-2022

Remember that all Chapters are able to have representation on the SUAA Foundation Board of Directors. Please contact your local chapter or the SUAA State Office for more details.

SUAA Foundation Survivor's Assistance Bookmark
The SUAA Foundation is offering laminated survivor's assistance bookmarks.  The bookmarks are a wealth of information for you or your loved ones to keep with your important papers for your survivors. Please call 217-523-4040 to order bookmarks and we will mail them to you. There is no cost for the bookmarks.

SUAA Foundation ByLaws
To read the Foundation Bylaws Click Here (6.22.2021)

SUAA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 

November 5, 2019
June 27, 2019
October 30, 2018
June 21, 2018
October 24, 2017
June 20, 2017
November 21, 2016
June 21, 2016 
November 13, 2015
June 16, 2015
October 29, 2014
June 17, 2014 
October 29, 2013
June 18, 2013 
October 10, 2012
June 19, 2012