Giving Back

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

- Benjamin Franklin

Nursing education faces reduced funds, faculty shortage and diminishing clinical sites. The decreased supply of nurses is coupled with an increased demand due to needs of the aging population, consumer expectations for qualified caregivers in all settings, technological advances in treatment, increased patient acuity and new nursing roles.

The shortage will be longer and more severe than other shortages due to an aging nursing workforce. It is critical that we provide leadership for accessible, efficient, high quality nursing education and work at the national and state level to be part of the solution.

Giving Opportunities

  • Annual Giving, Unrestricted
  • Building and Renovation Fund
  • Endowments
  • Scholarships
  • Technology/equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is my support important?

  • Your support enables us to attract and retain the highest caliber of faculty, students and programming through student scholarships, resources for bringing cutting edge advances that expose our students and faculty to the field's leading scholars. Help us to continue providing the quality of education expected of a nationally recognized institution serving the best and brightest minds of the state of Illinois.

  • Why is unrestricted giving important?

  • An unrestricted gift is simply a gift with no restrictions from the donor on how it is to be used. Such gifts allow the president flexibility in determining how to use funding where it can have the greatest impact, address priorities and bring immediate benefits to the college as a whole by supporting:

    • Student scholarships
    • Program initiatives
    • Classrooms and facilities
    • Faculty and curricular development
    • Faculty recruitment


  • How can I double or even triple my gift?

  • Hundreds of companies, large, small, local or national, match their employee's charitable donations.

    You can check with your - or your spouse's - Human Resources department to find out if the company matches gifts. This is a great way to increase your gift to the college.

  • Can I support a specific program?

  • Absolutely! To help departments and programs meet their most pressing needs, many alumni and friends choose to designate a gift to an established, specialized fund through the Nursing Annual Appeal.

    Gifts can be designated to any fund:

    • Unrestricted Funds
    • Sister Ludgera Fund
    • Restricted Funds
    • College of Nursing Building Fund
    • College of Nursing Scholarship Fund
    • Sharon Foss Education Fund

    Scholarships and Awards

    • Miriam and Earl Swords Scholarship Fund
    • Terri O'Hern-Render and Mary Jane O'Hern Scholarship Fund
    • College of Nursing Scholarship Fund
    • Brian Alexander Scholarship Endowment
    • Carol & Philip Graves Scholarship Endowment
    • Angela Hank Scholarship Endowment
    • Alumni Scholarship

How to Give

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OSF HealthCare Foundation
530 NE Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61637
(309) 566-5666 (309) 566-5688 Make a Donation

Download Gift Form

For More Information

For any additional questions or concerns call or email:

Curt LeRoy
Senior Director of Philanthropy & Development

OSF HealthCare Foundation
4541 N. Prospect Road
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616
Phone: (309) 566-5667

Dr. Charlene S. Aaron, PhD, RN
OSF Colleges of Nursing
511 Greenleaf St.
Peoria, IL. 61603
Phone (309) 655-4133