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Heritage Society

The Heritage Society recognizes and engages donors who have designated Illinois State University as a beneficiary through a planned or deferred gift commitment.


Donors become part of the Heritage Society when they have documented their intent to utilize a planned or deferred gift commitment to accomplish their philanthropic goals and provide for university needs in the future. Donors may designate their commitment to the area and causes on campus that best reflect their passions and legacy. Documentation may be specific and outline details of the gift or may simply identify that a planned gift should be anticipated.


  • 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 and experiences
  • Donors with estate gift committments of $500,000+ receive personalized stewardship engagements

The Impact of Gifts


$1 million estate gift creates Dale M. Shulaw and Gladys G. Shulaw Presidential Scholarship in Physics

The new award elevates a previous scholarship in Dale’s honor and provides for exceptional physics majors.