Donors who continually invest in Illinois State University were honored at a Loyalty Circle reception held February 20 in Normal. More than 200 donors attended the breakfast, which kicked off Illinois State’s Founding Celebration.

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz thanked the University’s most loyal donors and challenged Loyalty Circle members to use their advocacy to further strengthen the culture of philanthropy at Illinois State. Dietz highlighted Birds Give Back on February 27 as a unique opportunity for donors to help spread the word to friends and family by phone, email, or on social media about the importance of giving back and supporting Illinois State.

How you can help

Ambassadors who sign up at will receive a unique URL that will track how many donors they influence. Ambassadors who generate support can win prizes.

Watch the video above, shown to guests of the Loyalty Circle reception, to see how campus is preparing for Birds Give Back.

To learn more about Birds Give Back – 1 Day For Change, or to sign up to be a Birds Give Back Ambassador, visit

The Loyalty Circle recognizes the University’s most loyal donors’ continual and current annual support of Illinois State University. To learn more about investing in Illinois State, visit