The University Advancement Division assists the university in achieving its single purpose "to develop educated persons" by:
- Providing financial support from the private sector.
- Promoting public support.
- Seeking governmental support.
- Encouraging volunteerism.
- Providing co-curricular educational activities and events.
Development and alumni relations
The Development and Alumni Relations Office is responsible for the University's fund-raising activities and for maintaining relationships with its alumni. The Development staff works closely with the Missouri State University Foundation to raise $19,206,438 during Fiscal Year 2015. The Alumni staff works with the Missouri State University Alumni Association to provide a variety of programs and services to the University's over 110,000 alumni. Visit the Missouri State Foundation web site for more information about the following: Annual Funds, The Founders Club, The Bears Fund, Phone Campaign, Ride With Pride and the Travel Opportunities.