Illinois State University has raised $135 million with their fundraising campaign as of January.

Illinois State University’s Redbird Rising fundraising campaign and its goal to raise $150 million for the university has come close to completion. To date, ISU has raised $135 million which will go to university projects and student tuition. The campaign has done very well with $4 million having been raised in December.

ISU Vice President for University Advancement Pat Vickerman said that the rise in donations was likely due to the prospect of getting an end-of-the-year gift.

“People are winding down, they are reflective, there may be a tax incentive there to get a year-end, but typically we see many gifts coming in [at the end of the year],” Vickerman said.

ISU President Larry Dietz said that ISU’s brand is the reason for the campaign’s success and that the university’s reputation and alumni are instrumental in fundraising.

The campaign has raised considerable funds for students, program development, facilities and faculty. The campaign went through a private phase for four years before going public in 2017 and has attracted 46,000 donors.

There are 18 months for the campaign to reach its $150 million goal and Redbird Rising is already 90 percent of the way there. Vickerman is optimistic that this campaign will go even better than planned.

“To be at $135 million with 18 months remaining, our target of $150 million is clearly in sight and we fully expect to exceed that number and to generate additional funds that will help this university rise to higher levels,” Vickerman said.

JACK O'NEIL is a News Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @JackONe39393244.

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