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. 
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. 

Starting in 2019, each year the Foundation offers four scholarships of up to $500 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.  Application materials are available at the “SUAA Foundation Scholarship Program” link shown below.  Applications are reviewed beginning on June 1 of each year. 

We are also planning to offer two scholarships of up to $500 per scholarship 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 scholarships are awarded throughout the year until two scholarships have been awarded.  The award year is June 1 through May 31.  More information on these scholarships and the application materials will be available on this site by April 1, 2020. 

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
Click Here

Emergency Assistance Information Page
Click Here

SUAA Foundation Educational Scholarship Program & Professional Development Grants
Click Here

 The SUAA Foundation Executive Committee 

Jan Cook ISU Chair 2017-2021
Alice Medenwald NEIU Vice Chair 2018-2020
Narbeth Emmanuel SIUE Treasurer 2019-2021
Mary Posing  KCC Secretary 2018-2020
Sally Mullan COD Member-at-Large 2019-2021
H.F. Williamson UIUC Member-at-Large 2017-2021
Andy Small NIU Member-at-Large 2017-2021
Robert Laursen PC Member-at-Large 2018-2020
Jerry Lewis JJC Member-at-Large 2018-2020
Candace McLaughlin  WIU Member-at-Large 2018-2020

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 217-528-4040 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 (6.21.2018)

SUAA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 
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