Illinois State University's Redbirds Rising fundraising campaign has reached its $150 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule.
ISU said in a news release more than 51,000 donors took part in the campaign, including 23,000 first-time givers. The university received 25 gifts and commitments of $1 million or more.
“I’m thrilled we’ve exceeded the Redbirds Rising campaign goal early,” said ISU President Larry Dietz. “This is a remarkable achievement, one made possible by alumni and friends who believe in the quality of the ISU experience and have demonstrated their confidence in our direction through their investment in the University. Our students, faculty, and staff are better positioned now than ever before in the University’s history to innovate and pursue leadership. I’m grateful for our donors’ generous support of Illinois State.”
The university has raised $155 million dollars in the drive that will continue through the end of June 2020.
“Redbirds Rising has been a collaborative effort, on campus and around the world, and one that is changing the culture of philanthropy at Illinois State,” said Vice President for University Advancement Pat Vickerman. “The vision, partnerships, and gifts are strengthening access and affordability for generations of Redbirds. It is inspiring to be part of such a positive trajectory.”
The campaign started in the quiet phase in 2013 and went public in 2017. The funds are expected to be used to pay for scholarships, technology and non-traditional learning opportunities.
ISU said $61.8 million is earmarked directly toward student scholarships.
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