Birds Give Back 2021

It's Birds Give Back—the day to show Redbirds that you’ve got their back and celebrate all things Illinois State!

This year there are three ways that you can be involved: make your gift, write a note of encouragement to current students, and register for tonight’s webinar to hear what it’s like to be a Redbird today. 

First things first—make a gift to help move Illinois State forward and unlock challenge gifts! Redbird John Jaburek ’87 wants to get Birds Give Back off to a soaring start. He will unlock $25,000 for student scholarships when we receive 500 gifts today during Birds Give Back!

Next, spread a little extra Redbird love this year! Click here to share a message of hope, inspiration, or encouragement to current students. Your message of hope will be shared with students during this challenging time. Mennonite College of Nursing alum, Donny Bounds, ’97 wants to see us spread a little Redbird love today.  We will unlock a $10,000 challenge when we receive 1,000 messages of hope today during Birds Give Back.  Make your gift, leave a message, and we will spread the love!

Finally, learn what it's like to be a Redbird today! Check out this webinar that will be airing live on February 25 at 7 PM CST. An anonymous donor challenges us to learn about life in a college pandemic straight from our Redbirds. They will add $500 to our giving day totals when 50 or more participants attend the virtual event tonight! Space is limited, so register in advance!

Can’t find the fund you’re looking to support? You can select “other” when making a gift to write in your designation, or search for the fund and give through Giving.IllinoisState.edu (your gift will still count toward Birds Give Back). If you have questions, contact the Office of Annual Giving at 309-438-4483.

Leaderboard
Participation by area
Which participating group will receive the most gifts during Birds Give Back? Support your passion and help your area climb the leaderboard!
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 Athletics 310
2 Multicultural Center 304
3 LGBTQ+ Student Support 260
4 Communication 149
5 Redbird Esports 105
6 Student Engagement 69
7 Accounting 63
8 WGLT 61
9 Center for Civic Engagement 60
10 Student Affairs Scholarships 59
11 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 53
12 Family and Consumer Sciences 50
13 Support MCN priorities 46
14 ISUPD Community Engagement Unit 40
15 Ewing Cultural Center 38
16 Student Scholarships 36
17 School of Teaching and Learning 36
18 Alumni Association Scholarship 35
19 College of Business Excellence Fund 35
20 U-High 35
21 Special Education 34
22 School of Music 30
23 CAST Student Persistence Fund 30
24 Chemistry 28
25 Vidette Digitization Project 28
26 Kinesiology and Recreation 27
27 School of Theatre and Dance 27
28 Criminal Justice Sciences 26
29 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 24
30 Finance, Insurance, and Law 23
31 Gamma Phi Circus 23
32 Politics and Government 22
33 Agriculture 20
34 Educational Administration & Foundations 20
35 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 20
36 Metcalf 19
37 Horticulture Center 19
38 Technology 18
39 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 18
40 Friends of the Arts 18
41 Marketing 17
42 Wonsook Kim School of Art 17
43 Health Sciences 15
44 Information Technology 15
45 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 14
46 History 14
47 International House 14
48 Biological Sciences 13
49 Creative Technologies Program 13
50 More ways to support Milner Library 13
51 CAST additional priorities 11
52 College of Education Persistence Awards 11
53 Sociology and Anthropology 11
54 Communication Sciences and Disorders 9
55 Mathematics 8
56 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 8
57 Military Science - ROTC 7
58 Psychology 6
59 Management and Quantitative Methods 6
60 Social Work 5
61 Geography, Geology and the Environment 5
62 Physics 5
63 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 4
64 English 4
65 University Galleries 4
66 The Graduate School 4
67 Economics 2
68 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2
69 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 1
70 International Business 0
71 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 0
72 Philosophy 0
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Milner's Vidette Digitization Matching Challenge
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Milner's Vidette Digitization Matching Challenge
Let’s keep up the support for Milner Library and the Vidette digitization project. An anonymous donor will match all gifts to the Milner Library fund up to a total of $3,000 before midnight tonight!
$1,000 MATCHED
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Mennonite College of Nursing Challenge
$7,500
Mennonite College of Nursing Challenge
Mary Ko ’06 challenges us to make today MCN’s best giving day ever. She will add $7,500 to our giving day totals when we receive 50 gifts today during Birds Give Back.
46 / 50 Gifts
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Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts Challenge
$25,000
Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts Challenge
Professor Russell and Dr. Janet ’85 Bedford want to celebrate the arts today. They will unlock $25,000 for our giving day totals when we receive 200 gifts for the College of Fine Arts today during Birds Give Back!
171 / 200 Gifts
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Redbird Esports: VIP Among Us
Event
Redbird Esports: VIP Among Us
Support the new Redbird Esports program as you watch students connect with Reggie Redbird and other university leaders to play the popular online multiplayer game Among Us. The game takes place in a space-themed setting, in which players each take on one of two roles, most being Crewmates, and a predetermined number being Impostors. The goal of the Crewmates is to identify the Impostors, eliminate them, and complete tasks around the map; the Impostors' goal is to covertly sabotage and knock out the Crewmates before they complete all of their tasks. View our livestream on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/redbirdesports and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ISURedbirdEsports/
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Keep the Momentum School of Communication Challenge
$5,300
Keep the Momentum School of Communication Challenge
We did it Redbirds! For the School of Communication board’s final challenge, they will add $5,300 more to the School when we receive 75 more gifts before the day ends!
72 / 75 Gifts
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Social Sharing Challenge
Event
Social Sharing Challenge
Two anonymous Redbird supporters want us to spread the word about Birds Give Back. They will give $25 to the Redbird Performance lab for every tweet or share of the Birds Give Back launch video for a total of up to $5,000. So start sharing Redbirds!
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Hearts for Hope Challenge
Event
Hearts for Hope Challenge
Mennonite College of Nursing alumni, Donny Bounds ’97 wants to see us spread a little Redbird love today. We will unlock a $10,000 challenge when we receive 1,000 messages of hope today during Birds Give Back. Make your gift, leave a message, and we will spread the love!
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College of Education Challenge
$25,000
College of Education Challenge
Dr. Janet ’85 and Professor Russell Bedford want to honor all the teachers who have worked so hard to educate students in these challenging times. They want to support our educators and challenge you to do the same. They will unlock $25,000 for our giving day totals when we receive 125 gifts for College of Education today during Birds Give Back!
101 / 125 Gifts
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Student Challenge
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Student Challenge
It’s a great day to be a student donor! This week only, your gift of $10 or more will support ISU and get you a pair of Redbird socks. Get yours at Hatch.IllinoisState.edu/StudentSocks.
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Pawfficer Sage Matching Gift
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Pawfficer Sage Matching Gift
Support Pawfficer Sage today and your gift will have twice the impact! When you make a gift to the ISUPD Enhancement Fund today, Susan Cameron ’79 will match your gift amount with a contribution to the Cameron Community Engagement Endowment (up to $5,000 total). Your gift will be put to immediate use to support Pawfficer Sage and her community engagement team and the match will help fund her team into the future.
$1,095 MATCHED
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Redbird Battalion Challenge
$500
Redbird Battalion Challenge
An anonymous donor wants to see Redbird Battalion reach higher this year and will contribute $500 when fifteen gifts have been made to Military Science - ROTC.
7 / 15 Donors
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U-High Challenge
$20,000
U-High Challenge
An anonymous Pioneer challenges us to support U-High. We will unlock $20,000 for our Birds Give Back totals when we receive 50 gifts for U-High today!
35 / 50 Gifts
See what people are sharing about Birds Give Back 2021!
Rank State Gifts
1 IL 1768
2 CA 37
3 IN 34
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