Terri Hempstead Joins UIS Office of Advancement as Director of Development

Terri Hempstead

Meet Terri Hempstead

The UIS Office of Advancement is pleased to announce that Terri Hempstead has joined our staff as Director of Development.

Terri’s career in fundraising spans 20 years, most recently at St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield. She finds the work deeply satisfying. “People who love to give love to give, and I’m happy to help them find the most satisfying way to do that,” she said.

“I never want a donor to ‘give until it hurts.’ I want them to give until they feel great.”

Terri will be focusing on fundraising for the greater Peoria area, the College of Public Affairs and Administration, Brookens Library and NPR Illinois, as well as with donors and grads in the northeast region of the country.

Terri’s Connections to UIS

Although not a UIS grad, Terri has taken classes not once but three times. In 1978, she took summer courses in communication while working at Brookens Library. In the early ’90s, she took courses again, and now she’s working on a graduate certificate in Management of Nonprofit Organizations.

As a long-time resident of Springfield, Terri considers UIS a vital part of the community. “UIS is a center of culture, of intellectual pursuit and technology advances—a center of so much that Springfield and Central Illinois rely on to step our community forward. The influence of the public affairs focus—which is certainly what many long-time locals value about UIS—has rippled throughout our state government. And NPR Illinois reaches so many people who have perhaps no other connection.”

When Terri first came to UIS, it truly felt like a university in a cornfield to her, but not any more. “It’s exciting to be part of such a forward thinking organization, looking toward its own future with enthusiasm and confidence,” she said.

After Hours

Outside of work, Terri enjoys social dancing, often as part of a local fundraising event, such the Senior Services of Central Illinois and the Springfield Art Association Collective. “Whenever a fundraiser needs dancers,” she said, “I’m usually there.”