At the College of Business, we strive to develop students who will move the world forward with an innovative mindset, entrepreneurial approach, and creative solutions to our most complex problems. Perhaps most important is the development of thought leaders who analyze problems and embrace different cultures, while leveraging technology for organizational success.

Nurturing these fundamental traits drives the teaching and learning within the College of Business, where students are our most treasured asset. Faculty prepare young adults for their professions through a curriculum that blends teamwork, technology, and experiential learning. Growth is obvious as students advance from learning basic concepts to applying technology and critical thinking through off-campus internships and real-world projects for external organizations.

They broaden their horizons while studying internationally and partnering with professors on research that accelerates learning.

Each initiative furthers the College's mission to enhance lives, advance organizations, and strengthen society. The work to date has been exemplary, as proven by the College's stellar alumni, firm standing in national rankings, and exceptional accreditations. But in today's fast-paced and ever-changing world of business, we must do more to ensure our students' future success. This requires overcoming limited financial resources, increased competition for the best students and faculty, and the growing cost of a college education.

Through private support, we will further empower our community of scholars and business professionals, while simultaneously blazing a path of even greater distinction and discovery.


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Athletics Matching Gift
Redbirds Scott Henrichs and Mary Bennett Henrichs will match gifts to support sports nutrition today during Birds Give Back, up to $5,000 total! Take advantage of this opportunity to double your impact and make your gift now!
$5,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
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Horticulture Center Challenge
Today during Birds Give Back, PrairiErth Farm will match every dollar up to $500 given to the Horticulture Center to support a summer intern position.
$500 MATCHED
Completed
$75,000
Momentum Challenge
Thank you to the 500 donors who unlocked $75,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
500 / 500 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Lamonica Campus Community Momentum Challenge
Tom and Claire Lamonica challenge faculty, staff, and retirees to get their giving on during Birds Give Back! They will add $25,000 to our giving day totals to create The Claire and Tom Lamonica Outstanding Teaching Award when we have 200 more faculty, staff, or retirees make a gift today!
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$3,000
School of Communication Challenge
The initial challenge has been met and now, another challenge has been released!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$9,000
Final School of Communication Challenge
The School of Communication Advisory board challenges us to finish the day strong! They will add $9,000 to our School of Communication giving day totals when we receive 75 more gifts before midnight tonight!
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Dapper Davenport’s Career Closet Challenge
If the Student Government Association Career Closet reaches 50 gifts, Dean of Students, John Davenport, will unlock $1,000!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Preston Pledge Challenge
100 gifts to the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Fund will unlock $5,000 from Scott ’10 and Ali (Seys) Preston ’15 ’18.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts Challenge
Redbird supporters, ISU building service worker Gary and his wife, retired Graduate Admissions Supervisor Trish Alcorn, challenge you to invest in the arts during Birds Give Back. They will add a $25,000 commitment to our totals when we receive 175 gifts for the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts today during Birds Give Back!
175 / 175 Gifts
Completed
$500,000
Record-Breaker Challenge
Foundation Board member and Redbird supporters, Jack and Kim North challenge us to set a record for largest number of gifts in a single day during Birds Give Back. Help us reach 1,735 gifts to surpass the record set during 2019 Birds Give Back and $500,000 will be unlocked for our Birds Give Back totals!
1,735 / 1,735 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Athletics 200 gift challenge
Darin and Melissa Shrader will donate $1,000 to Sports Nutrition when we reach 200 gifts to Athletics during Birds Give Back!
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
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 262
2 Communication 178
3 Scholarship Rising 148
4 Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning 120
5 Student Affairs Funds 83
6 Big Red Marching Machine 82
7 WGLT 62
8 Accounting 52
9 Career Closet 52
10 Family and Consumer Sciences 49
11 College of Business Excellence Fund 48
12 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 47
13 LGBTQIA Support Fund 46
14 U-High 45
15 Student Success and Excellence 44
16 School of Teaching and Learning 43
17 Special Education 41
18 Areté Greek Leadership 41
19 Student Engagement Fund 39
20 School of Theatre and Dance 37
21 Horticulture Center 34
22 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 29
23 Milner Library 29
24 Health Sciences 28
25 History 28
26 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 27
27 Metcalf 27
28 Gamma Phi Circus 26
29 Alumni Association Scholarship 25
30 Ewing Cultural Center 25
31 Politics and Government 24
32 Finance, Insurance, and Law 23
33 Support MCN Student Scholarships 22
34 Agriculture 22
35 Marketing 21
36 Friends of the Arts 21
37 Kinesiology and Recreation 21
38 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
39 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 20
40 School of Music 20
41 Information Technology 19
42 Arts Technology Program 19
43 Biological Sciences 18
44 College of Education Excellence 18
45 Support MCN Strategic Initiatives 17
46 Educational Administration & Foundations 17
47 CAST Student Persistence Fund 16
48 Technology 15
49 Communication Sciences and Disorders 15
50 Criminal Justice Sciences 14
51 Geography, Geology and the Environment 13
52 English 13
53 Wonsook Kim School of Art 13
54 Mathematics 12
55 Social Work 11
56 Psychology 11
57 Chemistry 9
58 Physics 9
59 Management and Quantitative Methods 9
60 Military Science - ROTC 8
61 Economics 8
62 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 8
63 University Police 7
64 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 7
65 Leadership Rising 7
66 The Graduate School 7
67 University Galleries 6
68 International Business 6
69 Sociology and Anthropology 5
70 Innovation Rising 5
71 Women's and Gender Studies 5
72 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 3
73 Philosophy 2
74 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 1
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LJ’s Student Engagement Challenge
All gifts to support student engagement will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $1,000, by Vice President for Student Affairs Levester “LJ” Johnson.
$1,000 MATCHED
Completed
$100,000
Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 500 donors who unlocked $100,000 to kick off Birds Give Back! Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they match your gift!
500 / 500 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Campus Community Challenge
Professor Emeritus Tom Eimermann will make a $2,500 gift to the University when our first 100 faculty, staff, and retirees make a gift today during Birds Give Back.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
College of Business Birds Give Back Challenge
Mark ’85 and Susan Thorndyke challenge 100 donors to make a gift to College of Business or one of its department funds and will add $25,000 to our totals for College of Business if we pass that mark!
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$6,000
School of Communication Momentum Challenge
Another challenge met, and another challenge issued. Let's keep it going!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
College of Arts and Sciences Challenge
Dr. Robert ’75, ’76 and Kathy Augustine ’75 encourage 250 donors to make a gift to the College of Arts and Sciences or one of its departments during Birds Give Back; when we rise to the challenge they will unlock $25,000 for our giving day totals!
250 / 250 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Athletics: 15 gifts of $500+ will unlock $10,000!
Anonymous Redbird supporters want to see us dig deep today during Birds Give Back. They will contribute $10,000 to enhance sports nutrition for our Redbird athletes if we receive 15, $500 gifts during Birds Give Back! So give like you’ve never given before and help add another $10,000 challenge to our totals!
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$2,000
Students can unlock $2,000 for Pay It Forward!
A group of Redbird alumni wants to see current students get involved during Birds Give Back. Paul Koch, Eric Miner, Jay Jochums and Nate Webb will unlock $2,000 for the Pay It Forward Scholarship when students have combined to give $2,000 during Birds Give Back!
$2,000 / $2,000 Raised
Completed
$5,000
Lamonica Campus Community Final Push
Tom and Claire Lamonica are so impressed by the Redbird employee and retiree philanthropic spirit on giving day they have decided they will unlock an additional $5,000 to our giving day totals when another 50 employees or retirees make a gift before Birds Give Back ends at midnight tonight! There’s never been a better time to rise up and be counted!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Dietz BRMM Uniform Challenge
President Larry and Mrs. Marlene Dietz challenge Redbirds to band together for the Big Red Marching Machine during Birds Give Back! When we receive 5 gifted uniforms at $500 each they will match that by gifting 5 uniforms of their own! There’s never been a better time to gift your uniform!
5 / 5 Gifts
Completed
Success!
New Athletics Challenge
Anonymous Redbirds want to see us hit our goal of $55,000. If we reach $53,000 they will contribute $2,000 to get us there!
Completed
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