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1857 Society

The 1857 Society recognizes and engages the University's most generous donors whose cumulative, life-time giving and commitments have reached at least $50,000.

Qualifications

Donors become a part of the 1857 Society when their cumulative outright gifts, pledges, matching gifts, and/or gift-in-kind total reaches at least $50,000. Donors may achieve philanthropic milestones within the society including:

  • Benefactor: $50,000-$249,999
  • Guardian: $250,000-$999,999
  • Ambassador: $1,000,000-$4,999,999
  • Visionary: $5,000,000

Courtesies

  • Advance information of select campus news, including messages from the President
  • Opportunities to interact with Illinois State leaders, scholars, and students
  • Invitation to premier special events includiing an exclusive induction event as you join the Society or reach philanthropic milestones
  • Donor names appear on the 1857 Society recognition wall in the Bone Student Center
  • Donors who reach the Ambassador or Visionary milestone will receive personal impact celebrations

The Impact of Gifts

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Donor experiences impact of scholarship through recipient’s letter

The scholarship was established by colleagues, alumni, and friends of Mills upon her retirement to reward high-achieving business students.