ExxonMobil and Employees Donate $1.02 Million to Illinois Colleges and Universities

  • Thirty educational institutions in Illinois receive funds from a program that matches employee donations
  • More than $4.2 million donated to Illinois post-secondary institutions since 2008
  • Recipient organizations encouraged to support math and science initiatives

JOLIET, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ExxonMobil and its employees donated $1.02 million to higher education institutions across Illinois as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2012 Educational Matching Gift Program.

ExxonMobil Foundation contributed unrestricted grants of $684,270 to match donations of nearly $334,750 from employees, retirees, directors and surviving spouses. Over the past five years, ExxonMobil and its employees have given more than $4.2 million to universities and colleges in Illinois.

The program matches donor pledges 3:1 up to $7,500 to qualified colleges and universities in the United States along with the American Indian College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund. Since the Educational Matching Gift Program began in 1962, more than $500 million has been donated to institutions of higher learning.

“ExxonMobil employees have a history of giving back through both their volunteerism and philanthropy. The corporation and Foundation share that philosophy and are proud to join them in their generous support,” said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation.

Although grants are unrestricted, recipients are encouraged to designate a portion to math and science programs supporting student engagement.

Nationwide, 871 institutions received $40.2 million through the 2012 Educational Matching Gift Program.

In addition to the Educational Matching Gift Program, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation support and develop programs that encourage students, particularly women and minorities, toward careers in math and science fields, as well as teacher training initiatives.

About the ExxonMobil Foundation

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The foundation and the corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2012, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education. www.exxonmobil.com/community.

List of Illinois Recipients




Augustana College Rock Island
Blackburn College Carlinville
Bradley University Peoria
Concordia University River Forest
De Paul University Chicago
Eastern Illinois University Charleston
Elmhurst College Elmhurst
Erikson Institute Chicago
Eureka College Eureka
Illinois College Jacksonville
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago
Illinois State University Normal
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington
Knox College Galesburg

Loyola University of Chicago



MacMurray College Jacksonville
Millikin University Decatur
Monmouth College Monmouth
Northern Illinois University De Kalb
Northwestern University Evanston
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais
Rockford College Rockford
Roosevelt University Chicago
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville
Trinity International University Deerfield
University of Chicago Chicago
University of Illinois Urbana
Western Illinois University Macomb
Wheaton College Wheaton

Tricia Simpson, 815-521-7334

Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation