Despite difficult economic times across the country in recent months, the University received more than $10 million in new gifts in fiscal year 2009. That good news was announced in the Illinois State University Foundation Annual Report 2008-2009, which is available online at

The report includes statistics that show $10,780,330 in new gifts was received in the fiscal year, which covers the time span from July 1 of 2008 to June 30 or 2009. The total includes multi-year pledges and new expectancies, and includes gifts from 16,141 donors. That number is up from 15,225 the previous year.

The financial support is crucial to students, who rely on private dollars for scholarships that make a college degree feasible. Donations are also used to advance faculty research, expand academic programs, and maintain state-of-the-art facilities—all of which raise the University’s national profile.

Take a look at the annual report to read stories about specific gifts. Learn how individuals from across campus and around the country made a difference with a donation. You’ll realize the many ways you can invest in Illinois State, and how much each donor is appreciated!