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Past Events


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 Communication 328
2 Athletics 192
3 Multicultural Center 158
4 Geography, Geology and the Environment 151
5 LGBTQ+ Student Support 121
6 School of Theatre and Dance 90
7 Support MCN Priorities 89
8 Center for Civic Engagement 88
9 University Housing Services 84
10 Family and Consumer Sciences 80
11 Accounting 77
12 Red and White Student Scholarship 74
13 Andrew Purnell Jr. Memorial Scholarship 71
14 Horticulture Center 69
15 WGLT 61
16 Finance, Insurance, and Law 54
17 College of Business Excellence Fund 50
18 ISUPD Community Engagement Unit 50
19 Student Engagement 49
20 Redbird Esports 45
21 Gamma Phi Circus 40
22 Special Education 36
23 School of Teaching and Learning 35
24 Health Sciences 34
25 Chemistry 33
26 Textbook Affordability 33
27 School of Music 33
28 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 32
29 Ewing Cultural Center 31
30 Red and White Scholarship Fund 29
31 History 28
32 CAST Student Persistence Fund 27
33 Office of Sustainability 27
34 Student Affairs Scholarships 23
35 U-High 23
36 More Ways to Support Milner 22
37 Biological Sciences 21
38 Agriculture 21
39 Politics and Government 21
40 Career Services 21
41 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
42 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 20
43 College of Education Persistence Awards 20
44 Economics 19
45 Alumni Association Scholarship 19
46 Office of Student Research 18
47 Technology 18
48 Wonsook Kim School of Art 18
49 Educational Administration & Foundations 17
50 Kinesiology and Recreation 17
51 Social Work 16
52 Information Technology 16
53 CAST Connections 16
54 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 16
55 International House 15
56 Marketing 14
57 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 14
58 Mathematics 14
59 Metcalf 14
60 English 14
61 Psychology 14
62 Honors Program 13
63 The Graduate School 13
64 Criminal Justice Sciences 11
65 Communication Sciences and Disorders 11
66 Creative Technologies Program 11
67 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 10
68 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 10
69 Management Majors 10
70 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 9
71 Military Science - ROTC 7
72 Physics 7
73 Sociology and Anthropology 7
74 Business Education 7
75 International Business 7
76 University Galleries 6
77 Friends of the Arts 5
78 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 4
79 Philosophy 3
80 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 2
Ended
$30,000
Hesterberg CAST Mission Complete Challenge
We are issuing our final challenge of the night. Keith ’93 and Beth Hesterberg challenge us to complete our Birds Give Back mission. They will add $30,000 to support the CAST student persistence when we receive another 250 gifts before midnight. Make your gift and spread the word to all your Redbird friends!
2,750 / 2,750 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Employee/Retiree Challenge
Thanks to 500 faculty, staff, retiree donors for unlocking $25,000 during Birds Give Back!
500 / 500 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Horticulture Center Match
Hal Balbach will match every dollar given today to the Horticulture Center, up to $500, for a summer intern.
$500 MATCHED
Completed
$100,000
Momentum Challenge
Thank you to the 1,000 donors who unlocked $100,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
2,000 / 2,000 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
McLauchlan Student Research Matching Challenge
Redbird Craig McLauchlan wants to keep the momentum going as we support student research. He will match all gifts to the Student Research Fund up to a total of $3,000 today during Birds Give Back. If we successfully unlock his full challenge, we will have funded a total of four summer research experiences during Birds Give Back. Let’s do this!
$1,170 MATCHED
Ended
$250
Finance Insurance and Law Challenge
Kedric Meredith ‘09 wants kick off Birds Give Back for Finance Insurance and Law. He will add $250 to our giving day totals when we receive our first 25 gifts today!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
College of Business Launch Challenge
Friend of the University, Jim Hayes, will add $1,000 to our Birds Give Back totals when we receive our first 25 gifts for the College of Business today!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$500
Business Education Challenge
Dr. Tamra Connor, Associate Dean for Accreditation and Operations & Associate Professor of Business Education, wishes to help offset the expenses that student teachers have to pay. In order to do so, she has issued a challenge! She will contribute $500 once 20 donors have contributed to the Business Education Excellence Fund.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Forensics Launch Challenge
An anonymous member of our forensics community wants to support the speech team today during Birds Give Back. They have committed $10,000 to the team when we reach 50 gifts to the program today during Birds Give Back!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
TV-10 Challenge
Les Vann and his wife, Shannon ’77 want TV-10 alumni and friends to show their support during Birds Give Back! In honor of the approaching 50th anniversary of TV-10 Les and Shannon want to see us reach 50 gifts to TV-10 today during Birds Give Back. When we do, they will gift $25,000 to the program!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
College of Arts and Sciences Challenge
Department of English alumna Barbara Hummel ’72 wants to encourage support for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). She will unlock $25,000 for student scholarships when we receive 200 gifts to any CAS department or college fund during Birds Give Back!
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Accounting Momentum Challenge
Alex Roark ’13, ’14 wants to keep the momentum going for Accounting. He will add $1,000 to our giving day totals when we reach 50 gifts to the Accounting department today!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$500
Economics Challenge
Steven Gay ‘83 wants to see the Economics Department accept the Birds Give Back mission. He will add $500 to our giving day totals when we receive our first 10 gifts to the Economics Department today!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Graduate School Challenge
Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Craig McLauchlan, will add $1,000 to support the Graduate School when we receive 25 gifts to any of the school's funds today during Birds Give Back!
13 / 25 Gifts
Ended
$1,000
Social Work Challenge
Faculty Emeriti Mary Campbell and Jeanne Howard want to encourage Redbirds to support Social Work during Birds Give Back. They will make a $1,000 donation to the department when we receive 25 gifts to social work today!
16 / 25 Gifts
Ended
$1,000
Career Services Challenge
Natalie & Dave Alexander will donate $1,000 once 50 gifts of any size are received to the Career Services Excellence.
21 / 50 Gifts
Ended
$2,000
LGBTQ+ Momentum Challenge
Rachel Spangler ’05, MS ‘07 and Susan Spangler ’86, PhD. ‘06 will contribute $2,000 to the LGBTQ+ Support Fund when an additional 50 gifts are received for the fund.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$2,000
Esports Challenge
Mirian and Conrado Perez believe in helping their son, Isaiah ’20 pursue his passion at ISU. In honor of Isaiah’s achievements, when the Esports Excellence Fund receives 50 gifts today, they will unlock $2,000 to help other students fulfill their dreams too.
Completed
$7,200
Milner Challenge
Jeffrey Johnson ‘84 wants to see his fellow Redbird alumni support our campus hub of intellectual curiosity on Birds Give Back. When we receive 50 gifts designated for Milner Library, J.J. will commit $7,200 to support the ISU University Archives!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$3,000
LGBTQ+ Final Challenge
Raymond Banks ’83 believes that students should have access to the support they need to succeed at ISU and beyond.  To help encourage others to support our students, Ray will unlock $3,000 when the LBGTQ+ Student Support Fund reaches 110 gifts today.
110 / 110 Gifts
Completed
$500
ISU Bands Challenge
Janet Kilgus ’70, ‘77 challenges us to support the ISU Bands Fund. She will add $500 to the fund’s totals today when we receive our first 25 gifts!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Lynn Kennell Mennonite College of Nursing Challenge
Lynn Kennell, a beloved nursing instructor for many decades who recently retired, was a warm, generous, and engaging teacher and mentor. To honor Lynn and her many years of outstanding teaching, Ellen Wylie ’83, and her husband Mark Wylie will unlock $25,000 for an endowed scholarship in Lynn’s honor to support a nursing student when we reach a total of 50 gifts to the Mennonite College of Nursing today!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$1,500
Cris Embree Service Scholarship Challenge
To honor Cris Embree’s retirement and her 20 years of service to Illinois State University, an anonymous donor will contribute $1,500 to our giving day total once we receive 50 gifts to the School of Information Technology.
16 / 50 Gifts
Ended
$125,000
School of Communication RECORD-BREAKER Challenge
This is a big one Redbirds! Professor and Director Emeritus Larry Long and Dr. Penelope Long want to make this a record-breaking year for the School of Communication. We will unlock their $125,000 challenge to benefit the School when we reach 275 gifts before midnight tonight. Spread the word and encourage all your friends to support School of Com, Forensics, and TV-10 gift to any of these areas will help unlock this incredible challenge.
275 / 275 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Senior Staff Challenge
The first 50 gifts of any size will unlock this generous $2,500 donation from the Athletic Department's senior staff!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
Success!
TV-10 Share Challenge
Arles Hendershott Love ’79 wants us to spread the word about Birds Give Back to all the School of Communication supporters we know. She will add $25 for every tweet or share of this post, up to a total of $500, for TV-10 so we need 20 Tweets or Shares to unlock the full challenge today!
Completed
Success!
$5,000 Hit for the Cycle Challenge
Bill '87 and Kristen '86 Shaner will contribute $5,000 when Redbird Nation hits five singles, doubles, triples & home runs! *Single = $100, Double = $200, Triple = $300 & Homerun = $500*
Completed
Success!
Reggie's Shootout Challenge
When we receive 5 gifts at each of the following levels, we'll unlock a $5,000 gift from an anonymous donor! Layup: $50 Free throw: $100 3-pointer: $250 Half-court shot: $500
Completed
Success!
Athletics Retweet/Share Challenge
Once Athletics receives 25 retweets on Twitter and 25 shares on Facebook we'll unlock a very generous $5,000 gift from an anonymous donor.
Completed
2
Match
President Kinzy Student Research Matching Challenge
President Kinzy wants to nurture the next generation of researchers. Today, during Birds Give Back, she will match gifts to the Student Research Fund up to a total of $3,000. If we max out her challenge, together we will fund summer research experiences for 2 Redbirds.
$1,170 MATCHED
Ended
$100,000
Mission Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 1,000 donors who unlocked $100,000 to kick off Birds Give Back 2022! Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they match your gift!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Completed
2
Match
Box Truck Matching Challenge
Dr. Sue Silvey ’70, ’75 wants us to launch a new project to help purchase a box truck for Illinois Shakespeare Festival to transport set pieces and materials. She will match all gifts to the project, up to $2,000, today during Birds Give Back!
$2,000 MATCHED
Completed
2
Match
Dr. Jim Johnson Memorial Challenge
Pat Johnson wants to honor her late husband, Dr. Jim Johnson who worked at the Redbird Study Center for 10 years. She will match your gift to the Student-Athlete Excellence fund dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $10,000 today during Birds Give Back! You can help us unlock this amazing challenge and support our Redbird athletes in competition and in the classroom.
$10,000 MATCHED
Completed
$25,000
Reaching for 2,500 gifts!
Thank you to the 2,500 donors who unlocked $25,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
2,500 / 2,500 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Purnell Challenge
To honor and celebrate his father Andrew Purnell Jr., Tony Purnell will contribute $1,000 to the Andrew Purnell Jr. Memorial Scholarship once we receive 57 gifts, a number chosen in honor of the year Andrew graduated from Illinois State University.
57 / 57 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Finance Insurance and Law momentum challenge
Redbird Larry Gustafson ‘83 wants to keep the momentum going. He will add $1,000 to our giving day total when receive 40 gifts to Finance Insurance and Law today during Birds Give Back!
40 / 40 Gifts
Completed
$6,000
College of Business Momentum Challenge
Scott ’94 and Shawn ’94 Lehman want COB to keep the momentum going. They will add $6,000 to our giving day totals once we receive an additional 175 gifts (total of 200) During Birds give back!
175 / 175 Gifts
Completed
$6,000
School of Communication Launch Challenge
Dr. Stephen and Dr. Sarah Hunt want to kick things off for the School of Communication. They will commit $6,000 to establish an annual scholarship for a Communication student when we receive our first 100 gifts today during Birds Give Back.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$2,000
Forensics Stretch Challenge
Our anonymous speech friend is so impressed by the outpouring of support they have decided to add another $2,000 to the team if we get another 25 (75 total) gifts for the team before midnight tonight. Help us spread the word and support our forensicators today!
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Chemistry Challenge
Redbird Craig McLauchlan wants to see the Redbird community unite to support Chemistry today during Birds Give Back. He will give $1,000 to the department when we receive 30 gifts during Birds Give Back.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$250
Accounting Launch Challenge
Kedric Meredith ‘09 wants to kick of Birds Give Back for the Accounting Department. He will add $250 to our giving day totals when we receive our first 25 gifts during Birds Give Back.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$2,000
Accounting Record Breaker
Greg Trompeter ‘79 wants us to keep the momentum going! He will add $2,000 to our giving day totals when we reach 100 gifts to the Accounting Department today during Birds Give Back!
64 / 100 Gifts
Ended
$500
Horticulture Center 50 Gift Challenge
Janet Kilgus ’70, ‘77 challenges us to support the ISU Horticulture Center. She will add $500 to the center’s totals today when we receive our first 50 gifts to the Horticulture center today!
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$30,000
College of Education Momentum Challenge
An anonymous donor wants to challenge the Redbird community to support future educators. We will unlock $30,000 to establish a new scholarship in the College of Education when we receive 100 more gifts (150 gifts total) to any of the college’s funds during Birds Give Back!
55 / 100 Gifts
Ended
$7,500
University Housing Services Challenge
Chris Worrick ‘05 is excited to support University Housing Services and the community they create for Redbirds in the halls. He will contribute $7,500 when 75 gifts to the University Housing Excellence Fund are received.
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Student Engagement Challenge
Jerry Cooper ’98, like many Redbirds, gained incredible skills, experiences, and memories through campus involvement in Greek Life and RSOs. In support of these opportunities, when the Student Engagement Fund reaches 50 gifts, Jerry will give $1,000 to the fund.
49 / 50 Gifts
Ended
$1,000
Pawfficer Sage Challenge
Susan Cameron ’79 will donate Pawfficer Sage plush stuffed dogs to be given to students during times of stress and other tough moments when the University Police Department receives 50 gifts during Birds Give Back.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
Multicultural Center Challenge
Dr. Andre McKenzie M.S. ‘79, BS '77 strongly believes in providing students an engaging educational environment characterized by the values of belonging, diversity, equity, and inclusion. He will unlock another $1,000 to our Birds Give Back totals when we reach 100 gifts to the Multicultural Center Enhancement Fund.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$1,000
LGBTQ+ Launch Challenge
Frank Provenzano '00 will unlock a $1,000 gift in honor of Barb Dallinger and her 30+ year career at Illinois State with 50 gifts of any size to the LGBTQ+ Student Support Fund.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
WKCFA Support the Arts Challenge
Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, Ann Haugo and her husband Steve Pelphrey want to see the Redbird Community support the arts during Birds Give Back. We will unlock their $25,000 challenge when we receive 250 gifts to the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts today. So support any of your favorite College of Fine Arts departments or funds and help us unlock this amazing challenge!
211 / 250 Gifts
Ended
$5,000
Maria Millen Mennonite College of Nursing Launch Challenge
Maria Millen, a ’69 and ’92 graduate of the College of Education, cares about the health and wellness of our nursing students. Maria has given a generous gift to the Mennonite College of Nursing to help nursing students enhance their own mental and physical health so they can take care of others. Maria challenges 25 of her fellow Redbirds to make a gift of any size to support the health of our future nurses today!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
College of Education Launch Challenge
Joe ‘77 and Kathy McGuire ’77 will add $2,500 to our Birds Give Back totals when we receive 50 gifts for the College of Education.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
$17,700
School of Communication Momentum Board Challenge
The School of Communication Board wants to keep the momentum going. They will add $17,700 to our totals when we receive another 100 gifts during Birds Give Back.
200 / 200 Gifts
Completed
$1,500
Civic Engagement Challenge
To help the Center for Civic Engagement reach 50 gifts today, an anonymous College of Education alum will contribute $1,500 once that mark is reached. This alum is passionate about civic education and engagement and is excited to support students who are making their Redbird impact in their communities and in the world.
50 / 50 Gifts
Completed
Success!
Social Sharing Challenge
Pawfficer Sage and her friend want you to spread the word about #BirdsGiveBack! Susan Cameron ’79, a retired staff member, will contribute $10 to support Pawfficer Sage’s Community Engagement Team for every share, up to $1,000!
Completed
Event
Recurring Gift Challenge
Jeremy ‘00 & Kate Schenk committed to a year-long recurring gift of $25/mo to the University Housing Excellence Fund. When 20 other people make the same pledge, they will donate an additional $500 to the fund.
Ended
Event
Athletics Beanie Challenge
The first 200 donors to contribute $100+ to Athletics during Birds Give Back will receive this exclusive beanie!
Ended
Success!
The Seven Challenge
Joan Stralow wants to honor the legacy of her late husband Terry Stralow and the Redbird 7 as we approach the 7th anniversary. These remarkable Redbirds left their mark at Redbird Athletics, ISU, and the community. When 7 gifts are given of $700 or more, it will unlock her gift of $7,000 to the Student-Athlete Excellence Fund.
Completed
Success!
CFA Scarf
The first 50 donors who make a gift of $50 or more to support the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts today will receive a CFA scarf!
Completed