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Ways to Give

Your gift to Illinois State University makes a difference. Private gifts aligned with your passion transform the educational experience of Illinois State's students, faculty, and staff. Your support helps enhance campus facilities, develop academic programs, provide student scholarships, and attract and retain talented faculty and staff.

Make a Gift Online

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Make a Gift By Phone

Making a gift over the phone is easy. Call (309) 438-2294 with your credit card information and a representative will walk you through the process.

Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Central Time.

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Make a Gift By Mail

Make your check payable to the Illinois State University Foundation and include our gift form when you mail your check. Please tell us how to direct your gift using the check memo line or in a note and send to:

Illinois State University Foundation
Campus Box 8000
Normal, IL 61790-8000

Download our gift form

Make a Gift with Cryptocurrency

Illinois State University accepts cryptocurrency payments through Coinbase Commerce. Donations are immediately converted to cash.

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Corporate Giving

Illinois State University is building a comprehensive corporate engagement culture. Support the University through scholarships, student programs, facility enhancements. Corporate support through Illinois State University is accepted via check, EFT or wire transfer, stocks, and matching gifts. To further discuss corporate giving opportunities contact Joni Staley, Director Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy (309) 438-7735 -

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Planned Giving

A little planning can make a big impact! We are excited to help you explore giving strategies that will allow you to make a difference at Illinois State University by making a gift within your overall estate or financial plans that achieves your philanthropic goals with the added value of potential tax benefits.

Get Started with Planned Giving

Stocks and Securities

Stock that has increased in value is one of the most popular assets used for charitable giving once it has been held for a minimum of a year. There are many potential benefits.

You will need the following information to initiate a stock transfer:

  • Wells Fargo
  • Account Number: 39834504
  • DTC Number: 0141
  • Phone: (309) 662-8575 or (800) 662-8575 (toll-free)
  • Account Name: Illinois State University Foundation
  • Contact Person: Jane Hopson, Client Associate

Begin a Stock Transfer

Make a Gift by IRA Rollover

An IRA rollover gift is a way for you to support our cause today without impacting your checking or savings account balance. Gifts made from your IRA (up to $100,000 per year) are not reportable as taxable income. They also qualify for your required minimum distribution (RMD) which can lower your income and taxes. Contact your IRA plan administrator to learn their procedure for making a rollover gift to charity.

Set Up a Matching Gift

Make a gift go further with a matching gift!

Many companies offer programs that match charitable contributions from their employees, spouses, and sometimes even board members and retirees at rates as high as two-to-one or even three-to-one. Find out if your company has a matching gift program by searching for your employer.

The process is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Make your gift to Illinois State University, in whatever amount feels right for you.
  2. Search for your employer in the searchbar below.
  3. If you find your employer in the database, click on Go To Matching Gift Form to complete the online form for your employer.

That's it!

Illinois State University Foundation will receive notification that you have submitted a matching gift request and will work with your employer to complete your requested match.

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Make a Gift in Memory/Honor

A gift of any size is a thoughtful tribute to family, friends, colleagues, and mentors. To give a gift in memory or honor of someone, simply note the information in the online form; inform our phone representatives when calling; or write in In Honor or Memory of [First Name, Last Name] on checks. Please specify if your gift is made in honor of a special occasion.

Within 45 days of Illinois State receiving a gift in memory or honor of someone, a certificate of recognition is mailed to the honoree or surviving family (for honorees who have passed within the last year and a living designate has been identified). The certificate informs the individual or family:

  • A gift was made in their or a deceased family member’s honor
  • If an occasion/celebration was noted
  • The fund to which the gift was designated
  • Names the donor(s) who made the gift
  • Of the donor(s) mailing address so the honoree or their family may send a note of personal thanks at their discretion

For in honor/memory gifts requiring a more prompt delivery time to accommodate a special occasion, please email

Make a Gift through the Redbird Philanthropy Engagement Center

Make a gift through our Redbird Philanthropy Engagement Ambassadors who are representatives of Illinois State University and the Office of Annual Giving, providing updates on campus events and changes, information on scholarships and giving opportunities, and reflections on personal experiences at Illinois State University.

Learn more about the support areas currently showcased by our Philanthropy Engagement Ambassadors:

Red and White Scholarship Fund: Supports our students with emergency needs.

Food Security: Provides local food pantry support, helps students access local community resources and benefits, and provides a website for students to connect to for basic needs, including shelter, food, and transportation.

Student Engagement Fund: Supports outreach, student and staff professional development, scholarships, necessities for students experiencing hardships due to crisis situations, student memorials, and other campus programs and initiatives.

You can connect with a Redbird Philanthropy Engagement Ambassador by email or giving us a call at (309) 438-4483.

If you hear from the Redbird Philanthropy Engagement Center, you may receive a call from any of these numbers:

  • (309)-777-4556
  • (309) 777-1874
  • (309) 777-4380
  • (309) 306-0197
  • (309) 777-2873
  • (309) 777-1224
  • (309) 777-1878
  • (309) 777-2832
  • (309) 306-0204
  • (309) 306-0975
  • (309) 777-4771
  • (309) 306-3203

Call Redbird Philanthropy Now

Questions About Giving Methods

If your preferred method does not appear listed, please contact us at (309) 438-2294. Every gift is acknowledged with a tax receipt, mailed or emailed 1-3 business days after the gift is received. For questions regarding your gift receipt, contact

Hatch ISU/Crowdfunding

Hatch ISU is a crowdfunding platform to help Illinois State faculty, staff, and students secure funding so their ideas and passions can grow. Hatch ISU projects focus on our goal of gladly teaching and learning and allow us to showcase our unique and exciting projects and programs.

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Endowments are one of the best ways to create a lasting legacy at Illinois State University. Your endowed gift provides permanent support for the University. Each year a distribution, like dividends on a mutual fund account, is made to your chosen area of support. We can help identify your passion and walk you through the steps to get an endowment underway.

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ISU Employee Payroll Deduct

Employees are one of Illinois State University's greatest advocates. As a member of ISU's faculty and staff, you can support a personal cause at the University, while strengthening your workplace and community. We invite you to sign up for payroll deduction today.

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