Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends came together for Illinois State University on Giving Tuesday, December 2. Supporters made 1,152 gifts totaling $331,402 to support scholarships and University programs.

Illinois State was one of thousands of institutions and organizations that benefitted from gifts on Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day dedicated to generosity and giving back. Gifts were accepted online and donors were able to designate specific departments, programs and scholarship funds that benefit students attending Illinois State. Gifts to the University in honor of Giving Tuesday are still coming in after the close of the one-day campaign.

“It’s heartwarming to see the Redbird community stand together to support its passion during the holiday season,” said Lora Wey, executive director of Annual Giving. “Every single gift makes an impact, and we’re grateful so many people see Illinois State University as a priority when it comes to giving.”

Generous Illinois State alumni and staff members pledged challenge gifts to encourage others to show their support on Giving Tuesday. To show the University’s appreciation, students signed a giant thank you card located on Milner Plaza.

On STATEside: See our favorite photos, tweets, and posts shared on Giving Tuesday using the official hashtag #GivingTuesdayISU.