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. Your gift is immediately invested and each year a distribution, like dividends on a mutual fund account, is made to your chosen area of support. Investment earnings above the dividend rate help the endowment value grow over time to keep pace with inflation and maintain your endowment’s spending power, making endowments a sound investment in a better future.
Think about your connection with Illinois State: What is the defining experience that helped shape your view of the world and contributed to your success? Whether you want to help students study abroad or honor a favorite professor there are countless ways to support your passion at Illinois State. Endowments may be designated to a university area of your choice including:
Endowments can be established at a variety of funding levels to accomplish your personal goals. Illinois State's minimum endowment level is $25,000. You may take up to five years to fund an endowment, and once it is officially established you or anyone else may continue to add to its principal at any time. There is also considerable flexibility in the methods you may utilize to establish your endowment.
An Illinois State development officer can share information about exciting investment opportunities and work to match your personal philanthropic goals and passions with university needs. They can also work to help you define fund details such as endowment title to help you establish your personal legacy or honor a mentor, friend, or loved one.
Contact a Development Representative to explore how to leave your legacy.
Once established, your endowment will begin to impact people and programs at Illinois State University. You will experience the joy of witnessing this impact through annual endowment reports. Endowment reports update you on the financial status and distributions of your endowed fund as well as the impact of funds like yours around campus. Illinois State University's Donor Relations provides recognition and engagement opportunities to enhance your relationship with the University.