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    Eastern Illinois University
    Charleston, IL 61920
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Donor Recognition Societies

Annual giving to Eastern Illinois University is the lifeblood of the University. These donors recognize the importance of making an annual contribution to continue the tradition of excellence at Eastern Illinois University and to ensure EIU a place where learning never stops.

 

The Patron's Society recognizes individuals and corporations who have made contributions of $100 to $1000 during the previous calendar year. This society, whose membership continues to grow, recognizes those who have made sustaining financial commitments to Eastern Illinois University.


The President's Society honors individuals and corporations who have made contributions of $1000 or more during the previous calendar year. This distinctive society pays tributes to those who, through their financial leadership, enable the University to educate and mold the leaders of the twenty-first century.


The Visionary Society recognizes those individuals and corporations who, during the previous calendar year, established endowments in support of the educational mission of the University. These visionaries are investing in the future of Eastern Illinois University by providing long-term support with funds for scholarship, faculty research, grants, and/or University educational and cultural enrichment programs.

These donors have made a substantial commitment to the University that will be felt for generations. Their inspiring vision provides an unparalleled example of the generosity of the human spirit.


The Benefactor Society recognizes those individuals and corporations who have made a lifetime contribution to the University of $5,000 to $25,000. These donors are investing in the future of higher education, making a significant impact on Eastern Illinois University and the students who will be the direct beneficiaries of their generosity.


The Cornerstone Society recognizes those individuals and corporations who have made a lifetime contribution to the University of $25,000 to $50,000. These donors have made commitments to the University that truly make a lasting difference, providing a solid base that will benefit the University and its students for generations.


The Keystone Society recognizes individuals and corporations who have made a lifetime contribution to the University of $50,000 to $100,000. Whether through an endowment, annual giving, or planned gifts, these donors are providing critical support and financial leadership that will have a ripple effect far into the future of the University, essential to its tradition for academic excellence.


The Old main Society was established in 2010 in conjunction with the first comprehensive campaign for Eastern Illinois University, recognizing those distinguished donors with cumulative contributions of $100,000 to $500,000. This society represents a select group of donors who, through their investment in Eastern Illinois University, expect greatness from the University and themselves.


The Castle Society honors individuals and corporations who have made a significant lifetime contribution of $500,000 to $1,000,000. Their genuine philanthropy and generosity will ensure diverse opportunities for the University, its students, faculty, and programs as well. Their lasting gifts have established a secure foundation that will impact the University community for many years to come.


The Ivy Society recognizes and honors those individuals and corporations who have given $1,000,000 - $2,500,000 during the course of their lifetime. This society represents a prestigious group of philanthropists whose benevolence will influence the development of Eastern Illinois University and its programs well into the twenty-first century. The leadership provided by these donors is essential to the future of the University and the students it serves.


The Trustee's Society honors those unique individuals and corporations who have a lifetime giving of $2,500,000 - $5,000,000 or more. Their vision and munificence translate into a lasting legacy that provides an unequalled commitment to the future of Eastern Illinois University. Their gifts have made a profound difference to the University, its students, and the surrounding community, now and well into the next century. Honoring those who have made this ultimate commitment to the financial and cultural well being of the University is the purpose of this distinguished society.


The Legacy Society honors those unique individuals and corporations who have reached a lifetime giving level of $5,000,000 or more. Their vision and munificence translate into a lasting legacy that provides an unequalled commitment to the future of Eastern Illinois University. Their gifts have made a profound difference to the University, its students, and the surrounding community, now and well into the next century. Honoring those who have made this ultimate commitment to the financial and cultural well being of the University is the purpose of this distinguished society.


The Heritage Society honors individuals and corporations who made the commitment to support the University, its students and its programs through planned gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, trusts, bequests from their estates, life insurance policies, etc. These contributions will ensure that the Eastern Illinois University tradition of excellence will be continued well into the future. Membership in the Heritage Society is non-binding.


The Pillar Society recognizes a unique group of donors not only for the sum of their gifts but also for their longevity of giving. Whether through payroll deduction, gifts to the annual fund or regular donations to build an endowment, these special friends have supported the University for 20 or more years.