Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Birds Give Back 2020.

What should I do if I'm receiving an error when I try to donate?

- Make sure the address you're entering matches the address connected to the card you are using.

- Try a different web browser or device.

- Call (309) 438-4483 at any point to give over the phone.

What is #BirdsGiveBack?

#BirdsGiveBack is Illinois State University’s very own annual day of giving. It’s a day where Redbirds come together in a University-wide effort to inspire alumni, faculty/staff, students, parents, friends, and the community to give to their passion at Illinois State. Through giving challenges, interactive leader boards, social media ambassadors, and some good-natured fun, you can participate and motivate others to support a favorite college, department, organization, or scholarship that you believe in. 

Why should I participate?

Your support provides crucial resources that nurture the University’s growth and success as a world-class institution. Your gift supports academics, research, scholarships, extracurricular activities, and service to others. It takes the collective annual support of alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff to make Illinois State a university on the rise!  There is no better day to maximize your impact than Birds Give Back as challenges and matches help you make the most of your annual gift.  We have set a goal of 1,702 donor participants during Birds Give Back so every donor counts!

When is Birds Give Back?

Birds Give Back kicks off at midnight Feb. 28, 2019, and runs through 11:59 p.m. that evening.  We will feature a series of challenges, matches, exclusive videos and social media festivities to keep the day interesting and engage a broad range of Redbird supporters.

How can I make a gift?

Giving on #BirdsGiveBack is easy. Just visit and find the college, department, organization, or fund that you would like to give to and use our quick and easy online form to submit your gift.  You can also call (309) 438-4483 to make your gift by phone.

What areas can I support?

When we say “support your passion,” we mean it. You can make a gift to any area of campus that has special meaning to you. All colleges, departments, scholarships, and most organizations all have their own fund. You can browse the list of available funds and each college or unit’s featured needs at

What if I don’t see my school, center or program in the list of participating groups?

If you wish to give to a very specific fund not listed on the drop-down menu, please contact the annual giving office at (309) 438-4483 to make your gift over the phone. You can also visit and utilize the search function to identify additional funds. It will still count towards #BirdsGiveBack.

How do matching gifts and challenges work?

Matching gifts and challenge gifts encourage participation by allowing donors to make their gifts mean more on this special day. A complete list of challenges will be available at throughout the day and all active matches/challenges can be viewed on the main landing page and on each participating group’s landing page.

What other ways can I get involved in #BirdsGiveBack?

Share, share, share! Your stories, your images, your memories all shared via social media using the hashtag #BirdsGiveBack allow others to hear about this special day and make their own gift. The more you share, the more successful #BirdsGiveBack will be.

Is there a minimum or maximum gift amount?

Every gift matters and we can accept gifts of all sizes online. If you have any questions about your gift please call us at (800) 438-4483.

How can I make my gift go even farther?

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer and submit the completed and signed form with your gift. We will take care of the rest.

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

The office of Annual Giving is available all day today to help answer your questions about giving and #BirdsGiveBack. Please contact us at (309) 438-4483.

Can I make my gift in person? 

If you are on or near campus and would like to drop by we are accepting gifts in person all day Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Alumni Center and have mobile giving stations available from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Watterson Dining Commons near Watterson Towers, Marketplace at Linkins near Tri-Towers, and the Bone Student Center near Einstein Bros. Bagels.

What should I do if I'm receiving an error when I try to donate?

- Make sure the address you're entering matches the address connected to the card you are using.

- Try a different web browser or device.

- Call (309) 438-4483 at any point to give over the phone.

Can't find the fund you would like to support?

Give us a call at (309) 438-4483. The Birds Give Back command center is here to help make sure your gift gets to the right place. You may also search for the fund on

Are gifts tax-deductible?

Yes. Your donation is tax-deductible and are considered charitable contributions to Illinois State University. You will receive a receipt upon successful completion of your gift.

Still have questions?

Contact us at