$ 625,494 raised 1,734 gifts
Support your passion today!

You did it!  The Redbird community came through in a big way during Birds Give Back and helped us soar to success on our first-ever ISU exclusive giving day.

Thanks to 1,734 gifts from the Redbird community, we came together during 1 day for change to raise $625,495, and counting, for the people, programs, and places of Illinois State.  Together, we are helping Redbirds rise to new levels of scholarship, leadership, and innovation.

Redbird Donors
Rank State Donors
1 IL 1131
2 TX 28
3 AZ 19
Leaderboard
Gifts by department
Which participating group will raise the most during Birds Give Back? Support your passion and help your area climb the leaderboard!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Athletics 226
2 Communication 144
3 Scholarship Rising 136
4 U-High 84
5 Metcalf 81
6 College of Education Funds 44
7 School of Music 43
8 College of Business Excellence Fund 40
9 LGBTQIA Support Fund 39
10 Milner Library 35
11 Student Engagement Fund 34
12 Alternative Breaks Support Fund 30
13 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 29
14 WGLT 27
15 School of Art 26
16 Special Education 26
17 Family and Consumer Science 25
18 Agriculture 25
19 Rick Lewis Inspiration Award 25
20 Accounting 24
21 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 24
22 History 23
23 Biology 21
24 School of Teaching and Learning 21
25 Politics and Government 21
26 Kinesiology and Recreation 21
27 School of Theatre and Dance 21
28 Dean of Students Office 21
29 Health Sciences 19
30 University Housing Services 18
31 Support our students through scholarships 17
32 Educational Administration & Foundations 16
33 Sociology and Anthropology 15
34 Alumni Association Scholarship 15
35 Leadership Initiative Fund 14
36 College of Fine Arts General Fund 14
37 Technology 13
38 CAST Funds 13
39 Friends of the Arts 12
40 Innovation Rising 12
41 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 11
42 Ewing Cultural Center 11
43 Student Health Services 11
44 Health Promotion and Wellness 11
45 Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Fund 11
46 Finance, Insurance, and Law 10
47 Chemistry 10
48 Management and Quantitative Methods 10
49 Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning 10
50 Event Management, Dining and Hospitality 10
51 English 9
52 National Center for Urban Education 9
53 Marketing 8
54 Arts Technology Program 8
55 Criminal Justice Sciences 8
56 Psychology 7
57 Communication Sciences and Disorders 7
58 Social Work 7
59 Student Counseling Services 7
60 University Police 7
61 Gamma Phi Circus 6
62 Mathematics 6
63 Career Center 6
64 Leadership Rising 6
65 Reinvent our learning spaces 5
66 Campus Recreation 5
67 Geography, Geology and the Environment 4
68 Women's and Gender Studies 4
69 Information Technology 4
70 Latin@ Alumni Network Scholarship 4
71 The Graduate School 4
72 Attract and retain top faculty and staff 3
73 Military Science - ROTC 3
74 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 3
75 Latin American Studies 2
76 Economics 2
77 Physics 2
78 Marion H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 1
79 University Galleries 1
80 Philosophy 1
Ended
$75,000
University Wide Record Breaker Challenge
An anonymous alum encourages Redbirds to rise to the challenge and set a new record for most gifts in a single day by reaching 1,702 gifts before midnight tonight surpassing our record set in 2016’s Giving Tuesday. When we achieve this record $75,000 will be added to our Birds Give Back totals! Keep on giving Redbirds!
1,702 / 1,702 Gifts
Completed
$15,000
College of Fine Arts Momentum Challenge
An anonymous donor encourages us to keep up the effort and strive for another 50 gifts to College of Fine Arts before midnight tonight. When we achieve our goal they will add $15,000 to our Friends of the Arts Fund! Let’s finish strong Redbirds!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Rise to 1,000!
We've passed 1,000 gifts and unlocked $10,000!
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$100,000
Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 500 donors who unlocked $100,000 to kick off Birds Give Back!
500 / 500 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Campus Wide Challenge #2
Keith ’97 and Julie Smith ’89, ’92 challenge Redbirds to keep up the momentum we’ve started during this Birds Give Back and will add $25,000 to our giving day totals when we receive another 300 gifts to Illinois State University today!
300 / 300 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Campus Community Challenge
An anonymous alumna donor challenges Illinois State employees to make a gift during Birds Give Back. When we reach 400 faculty, staff, and retiree donors by the end of the day she will release $25,000 to our Birds Give Back totals and honor esteemed faculty emeriti Dr. Sandy Little Groves!
400 / 400 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Parent/Student Challenge
Father and son team David Drehmel and Aston Karner ’15 challenge parents and students to make a gift during Birds Give Back. They will add $25,000 to our Birds Give Back totals when 100 parents and 100 students make a gift by midnight tonight!
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
College of Education Birds Give Back Challenge
Robert C. ’67, ‘70 and Susan Lee Walling challenge you to help our future educators by making your gift during Birds Give Back. Bob and Susan have generously committed $25,000 to the College and encourage at least 100 donors to make a gift today to Birds Give Back for College of Education!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$15,000
College of Fine Arts Birds Give Back Challenge
Dr. Jerry Antonini ’91 challenges you to support the arts during Birds Give Back with your gift to the College of Fine Arts. He will give $15,000 to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival when we receive 100 gifts to any of our College of Fine Arts funds during Birds Give Back! Make the most of your gift and support the arts today!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$700
LJ the Barista Challenge
Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs Levester “LJ” Johnson wants to see a strong start to Birds Give Back this morning and will become a Barista for your viewing pleasure once we reach 100 gifts to Student Affairs.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Mennonite College of Nursing Challenge
In honor of Mennonite College of Nursing’s Centennial celebration, Alumnus Donny Bounds ’97 will match gifts to the MCN Centennial Fund today only, up to $25,000 with his own gift to support scholarships for nursing students. Don’t miss this chance to maximize the impact of your gift today!
$2,155 MATCHED
Ended
$50,000
Lab Schools Launch Challenge
An anonymous University High School alum wants to encourage lab school supporters to make their gift to U-High or Metcalf during Birds Give Back. He will add $50,000 to our giving totals today when 150 donors make gifts to Illinois State’s Lab Schools. The $50,000 challenge will support the University High School Science Laboratory renovation fund!
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Milner Library Launch Challenge
Dean of Libraries, Shari Zeck will give $5,000 to support Milner Library when 15 unique donations of $25 or more are received today during Birds Give Back! This is a great chance to increase the impact of your gift to Milner Library!
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Milner Momentum Challenge
Dean Shari Zeck is impressed by our momentum and encourages us to keep on supporting Milner Library! She will donate another $5,000 when we receive 10 additional gifts to the library today!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
School of Communication Challenge
The initial challenge has been met and now, another challenge has been released!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
School of Communication Momentum Challenge
Another challenge met, and another challenge issued. Let's keep it going!
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Student Affairs Momentum Challenge
Mike Schermer, ’73, ’78 wants us to come together during 1 day for change and keep up the momentum by challenging another 50 donors to support their passion in Student Affairs during Birds Give Back! When we reach the goal, he will add $10,000 to our giving day totals for Student Affairs!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Division of Student Affairs evening challenge
If we get an additional 25 gifts to Student Affairs, Heidi Voorhees ’80 will add another $1,000 to our day’s totals!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Division of Student Affairs evening challenge 2
If we get another 25 gifts to Student Affairs before midnight, Jim Bennett ’87 will contribute $1,000 to our day’s totals!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
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