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The School of Communication is recognized as a top program for undergraduate and graduate study. You can help keep that leadership position with a gift to the School’s general fund, which supports:

  • Essential work in and facilities for our academic programs,
  • Sought-after scholarships that recognize excellence among our students,
  • Valuable experiences in our registered student organizations,
  • Important travel costs for students to present their work at conferences and other public venues, and
  • Cutting-edge technology for our Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC) and Communication Innovation Center (CIC).

Additional support opportunities:

Support our nationally recognized forensics team with 10 national team championships and over 80 individual titles in its history. Funds will provide support of travel of the Forensics team. If all primary needs have been met, funds may also be used to improve the program as needed.

Graduate Student Association
Support one of the very best master’s programs in the nation, with a strong track record of placing alumni in top-tier doctoral programs, instructional positions, and a plethora of private-sector businesses. Funds will assist with conference travel, technology and office equipment, recruiting, alumni networking events, and research endeavors.

TV-10 doubles as a working laboratory and an academic unit that provides students with hands-on training in broadcast journalism and production. Support Bloomington-Normal’s only locally produced television newscast.

WZND is Illinois State University's student-run, faculty-advised radio station, providing students with the practical experience needed to achieve their career goals in broadcasting. Support students gaining valuable knowledge and skills with hands-on training both on-air and behind the scenes.

The Vidette
The Vidette provides students with professional work experience and serves as the university community’s daily newspaper. Support students who are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, excellence and providing readers with the knowledge they deserve.

Record-Breaker Challenge
This just in, Craig Reeser '75 wants to issue one final challenge. We will unlock a $250,000 planned commitment when we surpass 2,500 gifts before midnight tonight! Let’s do this 'Birds!
479 / 479 Gifts
Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 500 donors who unlocked $25,000 to kick off Birds Give Back! Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they match your gift!
500 / 500 Gifts
Campus Community Challenge
Thanks to 250 faculty, staff, retiree donors for unlocking $10,000 during Birds Give Back!
250 / 250 Donors
Forensics Challenge
30 gifts unlocked $10,000 for the Endowment for Forensics!
30 / 30 Gifts
School of Communication Challenge
The School of Communication Advisory board will give $2,000 to support the School when we receive our first 25 gifts during Birds Give Back.
25 / 25 Gifts
College of Arts and Sciences Challenge
An anonymous alumna wants us to show our support for the College of Arts and Sciences. She will unlock $25,000 for student scholarships when we receive 150 gifts to the College or its departments today during Birds Give Back.
150 / 150 Gifts
Football Alumni Challenge
Redbird football alumni Hank (’70, ’71) and Joan Guenther '69 will add $5,000 to support our strength and conditioning project when 5 other football alumni give $1,000 each to the effort today during Birds Give Back.
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 Multicultural Center 390
2 Athletics 355
3 LGBTQ+ Student Support 284
4 Communication 215
5 Redbird Esports 117
6 Accounting 79
7 Student Engagement 77
8 WGLT 73
9 Student Affairs Scholarships 72
10 Center for Civic Engagement 66
11 Support MCN priorities 60
12 Family and Consumer Sciences 59
13 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 59
14 School of Teaching and Learning 59
15 U-High 52
16 Student Scholarships 51
17 Alumni Association Scholarship 50
18 ISUPD Community Engagement Unit 50
19 College of Business Excellence Fund 47
20 Special Education 47
21 Ewing Cultural Center 44
22 School of Music 42
23 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 39
24 Gamma Phi Circus 38
25 School of Theatre and Dance 38
26 Kinesiology and Recreation 35
27 CAST Student Persistence Fund 34
28 Vidette Digitization Project 34
29 Chemistry 32
30 Criminal Justice Sciences 30
31 Politics and Government 28
32 Finance, Insurance, and Law 28
33 Horticulture Center 27
34 Agriculture 25
35 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 25
36 Metcalf 24
37 Friends of the Arts 24
38 Educational Administration & Foundations 23
39 Technology 22
40 Information Technology 22
41 Marketing 21
42 Health Sciences 21
43 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
44 Biological Sciences 19
45 Wonsook Kim School of Art 18
46 Military Science - ROTC 18
47 International House 18
48 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 17
49 History 17
50 More ways to support Milner Library 17
51 College of Education Persistence Awards 16
52 Creative Technologies Program 16
53 Mathematics 14
54 Sociology and Anthropology 13
55 CAST additional priorities 12
56 Communication Sciences and Disorders 12
57 Geography, Geology and the Environment 11
58 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 11
59 Physics 9
60 Social Work 9
61 Psychology 9
62 Management and Quantitative Methods 9
63 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 8
64 English 8
65 The Graduate School 8
66 University Galleries 6
67 Economics 4
68 International Business 3
69 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2
70 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 1
71 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 0
72 Philosophy 0
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!
$1,330 MATCHED
Momentum Challenge
Thank you to the 1000 donors who unlocked $25,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Redbird Romance Challenge
Rod Sargeant '65, '67 wants to celebrate his Redbird romance and challenge us to reach our goal of 2,021 gifts to show Redbirds we’ve got their backs in 2021. He will unlock $25,000 to establish a scholarship in memory of his wife, Darlene Ann Sargeant '66 when we reach our goal today. Rod encourages you to make your gift in honor of, or in memory of, a Redbird you love.
521 / 521 Gifts
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!
75 / 75 Gifts
School of Communication Momentum Challenge
The School of Communication has unlocked the first challenge! The board will add $3,000 more to our totals when we receive another 50 gifts.
50 / 50 Gifts
School of Communication Record-Breaker Challenge
Eric ’87, ’90 and Theresa ‘88, ’90 Hoss and Frank ’80, ’81 and Kelley ’80 DiLeonardi want to see us set a Birds Give Back School of Com record. They will add another $55,000 to our totals when we reach 179 gifts before midnight tonight!
29 / 29 Gifts
Donor Heatmap
Rank State Gifts
1 IL 162
2 CA 5
2 IN 5
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