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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • A former Reggie Redbird continues to inspireA former Reggie Redbird continues to inspire
    Illinois State was always a top choice for Tim Pantaleone '07. His mother was a graduate, several relatives held degrees from the University...
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  • A legacy of healingA legacy of healing
    Anna Ropp '31 spent the majority of her 100-year life caring for others. On the family farm she watched over her three sons and...
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  • Pursuing a lifelong dreamPursuing a lifelong dream
    Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up, but Stewart Adams '71, M.A. '74, Ed.D '03, did. He wanted to be a teacher.
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  • Go forth to bear with zeal unceasingGo forth to bear with zeal unceasing
    Pat Grogg joined the faculty of the College of Business in 1976 as an interim assistant professor in business education. Grogg, who specialized...
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  • A family legacyA family legacy
    After graduating from Farmer City High School, Larry enrolled at Illinois State with a State Scholarship, graduating with an English-speech-journalism composite major...
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  • Raising the barRaising the bar
    Trent Richards '71, M.S. '81, has raised the bar since college-literally and figuratively. Enrolling at Illinois State as a physical education major...
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  • Nursing alum combines her passions to support studentsNursing alum combines her passions to support students
    Linda Cooper, M.S. '99, had her first experiences in healthcare at a young age. Her mother, who worked as a labor and delivery nurse, would return...
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  • Honoring the spirit of kindness and givingHonoring the spirit of kindness and giving
    Some of the most important lessons in life aren't taught in the classroom. Linda Sorrells learned the value of giving and philanthropy from her parents and aunt. Linda remembers her father...
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  • Shaping the student experienceShaping the student experience
    Speak with Danielle Miller-Schuster '97, M.S. '98, about Illinois State University, and you can't help feel her enthusiasm. The University was one of Danielle's top choices...
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  • A medieval legacyA medieval legacy
    When Carol (Brush) Lind '75, M.S. '02, Ph.D. '07, first graduated with a degree in art education, even she couldn't have guessed that it was the first step in a journey...
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Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were age 55 when they purchased some land outside of town, and they thought it would be a good investment that they could later sell.
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  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
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  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They had both been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their children. After her spouse passed, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her home.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
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