Step Up UIU!


Thanks to all the alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of UIU who made our first ever Giving Day a tremendous success!

361 Donors and over $82,000 raised!

While the official Giving Day may be over, it’s never too late to support UIU! Go Peacocks!


375 people already donated


$84,370.36 raised

375 donors

We all wear multiple hats and walk in different shoes, but no matter where life has taken us, UIU is what connects us. Today is the day for all Peacocks to join together and Step Up to this challenge! 

50 States Challenge - UNLOCKED!

The UIU community includes a powerful network of more than 37,000 Peacock alumni. In addition to Fayette’s residential campus founded in 1857, UIU offers educational opportunities at 25 U.S. locations in seven states, education centers in Hong Kong and Malaysia, and to online students enrolled around the world. Due to achieving the goal of at least one donor from each U.S. state, Steve ’73 and Diane (Kinkead) ’73 Harms have unlocked $25,000 in tribute to our expanding Peacock family!

See the Progress!

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Boost Challenge

UNLOCKED: We are inspired by the tremendous support shown by our Peacock family during the inaugural UIU Giving Day. Together, we have celebrated 160 years of UIU by hitting our goal of 160 donors – with 26 hours to spare! 

Marshall Richards ’75 has donated $10,000 to the George Richards Football Endowment after securing an additional 100 donations. 

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School of Science and Mathematics - Churbuck Dean’s Fund Challenge

UNLOCKED: What's your passion?  If it's math or science, this is the challenge for you! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers are amongst the most needed and fastest growing in the United States. UIU students graduating from this school are prepared to pursue a wide range of opportunities. Your support for the Churbuck Fund will boost student enrichment, faculty development and other emerging resources necessary to provide the best educational experience possible.

We challenge 25 donors to support this great cause.

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School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Fund Challenge

UNLOCKED: With a wide range of majors including visual arts, communication, criminal justice, psychology, public administration and more, the School of Liberal Arts continues to offer innovative programs to students world wide. 

With your support of this challenge, Joseph Lopez ’94 and Curtis Gunter ’02 have contributed $2,500 to this fund! 

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School of Business Dean’s Fund Challenge

UNLOCKED:  Let's not stop here - you can still give to this Dean's fund through 9 p.m. tomorrow!

This school strives to prepare students for their careers following graduation by designing curriculum to align with the needs of the marketplace and the needs of society.   

Thank you James "Chris" '97 and Taralyn Brown for the matching gift of $2,500 to the School of Business!

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Andres School of Education - Betty's Team Fund Challenge

UNLOCKED: Keep the momentum going by making a gift in honor of an educator who has positively impacted your life.

 A, B, C, 1, 2, 3....this fund is for those who teach, coach, heal, motivate and lead!

A special thank you to Richard and Chris Andres, longtime UIU supporters, for contributing an additional $5,000 to the Andres School of Education in honor of Betty Andres, an amazing educator and lifelong learner. 

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Student Life - Cabby Dean’s Fund Challenge

UNLOCKED: By supporting the Cabby Fund, you are supporting student leadership, development and engagement opportunities that are critical to strengthening the overall student experience. 

The Cabby Dean’s Fund honors the legacy of the late Braulic "Cabby" Caballero '56, former Vice President of Student Services at Upper Iowa University. 

We challenge 25 donors to support this incredible cause.

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Peacock Athletic Fund Challenge

UNLOCKED: Did you know the Peacock Athletic Fund provides student-athletes with the best possible resources to maximize their potential? Upgrading facilities and equipment, and supporting each of our program's needs is a constant battle that cannot be won without a total team effort.

Former baseball and football player,  Joe ’91 Stasi and his wife Tara, have boosted this fund with a $1,600 gift to the Peacock Athletic Fund Challenge.

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Class of 2017 Challenge

The Class Gift campaign provides our graduates with an opportunity to show their support while beginning to leave their own legacy as Peacock alumni. 

Participants will receive a UIU Philanthropy Cord to be worn during Commencement. Suggested donation is $20.17.

In honor of the 2017 graduating class, our newest Board of Trustee members, Josem Diaz and Michele Matt '87 will each be matching $17 for every class gift made throughout UIU Giving Day! 

View Class Contributors
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Team Peacock Challenge

Our team will celebrate its 13th year participating in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI)—the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world! This year, Team Peacock will make the 411-mile trek July 22-29.

Team Peacock is a fundraising venture for UIU. Each team member has selected a project, fund or program they are most passionate about in order to fulfill their fundraising goal.

Show your support by making a contribution to your favorite rider or cause.  *Be sure to note the name of your selected rider in the "special request" field during gift check out. 

View Rider Roster


Step Up to the challenge and be part of Upper Iowa University’s very first Giving Day beginning on April 27! Show your support as we work to reach our goal of 160 donors in 36 hours in honor of UIU’s 160th Anniversary. The initiative will highlight more than ten unique giving challenges for various different programs that will directly grant opportunities to UIU students. With some challenge goals ranging from $1,500 to $25,000, these challenges would help fund more donation to the specific causes. We will announce the full list of challenges as we reach closer to UIU Giving Day. As we prepare for this 36-hour initiative, we ask that all alumni, friends, faculty and staff and students show your support. You can also help spread the word by sharing the news on your own social media accounts. #StepUpUIU


Why does my gift matter?

No matter the size of your contribution, we appreciate your support. Donor participation is important in many ways to Upper Iowa University, and your gift makes a big difference for our students!

How can I make a direct impact?

You designate your gift to the initiative, program or school of your choice. Here are a few examples of designations you can choose from: 1) School of Science and Mathematics - Churbuck Dean’s Fund 2) School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Fund 3) School of Business Dean’s Fund 4) Andres School of Education - Betty's Team Fund 5) Student Life - Cabby Dean’s Fund 6) Peacock Athletic Fund 7) Class of 2017 8) Team Peacock Challenge 9) Other designations

How much can I give?

Your gift, no matter the size, helps us reach our goal to give the gift of opportunity to our current and future students.

Can I make a gift offline?

Sure! Please contact the UIU Alumni Office at 563-425-5388.

What else can I do to help?

Step up and spread the word! Tell your fellow Peacocks about UIU Giving Day by using the hashtag #StepUpUIU

Who can I contact for additional information?

The UIU Alumni Office is happy to help with any of your questions! Please send a message to or call 563-425-5388.

Thank you!

We appreciate your help throughout this campaign! Thank you once again!