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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.


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


  • 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


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.