The activities of the University of Eastern Finland are supported and promoted by four non-profit foundations, which work close to the university, but are nevertheless independent. The activities of the Joensuu Campus are supported by the Joensuu University Foundation, and the activities of the Kuopio Campus by the Kuopio University Foundation, Antti and Tyyne Soininen Foundation, and Helena Vuorenmies Foundation. The rules and purpose of the foundations define their scope for activities.
Each of the foundations is represented by a board, which also uses the decision-making power of the foundation. The chair of the board of the Joensuu University Foundation is the Rector of the University of Eastern Finland appointed to the Joensuu Campus. The chair of the board of the foundations supporting the activities of the Kuopio Campus is the Rector / Academic Rector of the University of Eastern Finland appointed to the Kuopio Campus. The foundations' executive managers are in charge of the preparation and execution of the decisions of the board, as well as for the operational activities of the foundations.