Redbirds Rising: ISU hoping to raise $150M in private funds

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Illinois State University announced a fundraising campaign three years in the making on Monday.

The University is hoping to raise $150 million in private funds through its campaign, Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State. Since the campaign quietly started in 2014, 40,000 donors have given or committed more than $103 million. 

The money from the campaign will go toward scholarship, leadership, and innovation. 

“Illinois State University is a university on the rise,” says ISU President Larry Dietz. “With additional financial support, we can ensure our students and scholars have access to the tools and resources needed to reach new levels of scholarship, leadership, and innovation.” 

This is the second comprehensive campaign for ISU. Redefining Normal raised $96 million and finished in 2004. According to the school, funding like this is important for creating scholarships, recruiting faculty, and supporting academic and student support programs. 

Fifty volunteers and 6 co-chairs are working to encourage participation in the campaign. You can learn more about where the money is going on the campaign website. 

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