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State Your Legacy with a planned gift.

Contact us to find out how planned gifts like simple bequests to more complex trust agreements help maximize your philanthropic goals and realize the benefits of planned giving.

Or explore our how you can support your passion through a planned gift in our online gift planning resources center.

Types of gifts

There are many ways you can make your gift. See the options available below or contact a director of Development to explore what method works best for you.


Discover a powerful way to make a gift to us in your name or in the name of a loved one, while realizing tax benefits for your kindness. Learn more about memorials and endowments.


Stock that has increased in value is one of the most popular assets used for charitable giving once it has been held for a minimum of a year. Information needed to initiate a stock transfer follows:

Electronic transfer of securities:

  • Wells Fargo
  • Acct # - 39834504
  • DTC # - 0141
  • Phone - 309-662-8575 or 800-662-8575
  • Account Name: Illinois State University Foundation
  • Contact Person: Jane Hopson, Client Associate
Learn more about gifts of securities.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are company-donated contributions that match the contribution made by employees on a one-to-one, two-to-one, or even three-to-one basis. Find out if your company matches.

Gifts of Cash

Making a gift of cash is as simple as writing a check or authorizing a charge on your credit card. Make a gift online.

Planned Gifts

Explore the value of charitable gifts that require a little thought, but pay off in big benefits to you, your family, and Illinois State University. Learn more about planned gifts.

  • Closely-held Stock

    A donation of your closely-held stock can make a sizable charitable contribution while realizing valuable tax benefits. Learn more about closely-held stocks.
  • Wills/Bequests

    Learn how to help Illinois State University by using one of the most popular and simplest ways to make a gift. Learn more about wills/bequests.
  • Retirement Plan Assets

    Your financial future will likely revolve around your retirement plan assets. To maximize the value of a retirement account, consider making a lifetime gift of its after-tax values to a tax-exempt deferred giving plan. Learn more about retirement plan assets.
  • Savings Bonds

    Savings bonds—likely the nation's most widely held appreciated asset—represent major assets that may have stopped growing and are now waiting to be put to use. A tax-wise use for your appreciated savings bonds is to support a cause you care about. Learn more about savings bonds.
  • Insurance

    Donating your life insurance could be a way to support our work. By making Illinois State University the beneficiary of an existing policy, you make good use of your resources and expand your ability to make a significant gift. Learn more about insurance.
  • Charitable Gift Annuities

    Learn more about how a gift can make payments to you for the rest of your life. Learn more about charitable gift annuities.
  • Real Estate

    Using real estate, such as your house, farm, or commercial property to fund a gift allows you to preserve your cash assets, receive significant tax and income advantages, and make a larger charitable gift than anticipated. Learn more about real estate.
  • Give My Home, but Live There for Life

    Make a gift to Illinois State University of a remainder interest in your home. Receive sizable tax benefits now and continue living in your home for the rest of your life. Learn more about homes.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

    Under the right circumstances, this plan can increase your income, reduce your taxes, unlock appreciated investments, rid you of investment worries, and ultimately provide very important support. Learn more about charitable remainder trusts.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts

    Make a donation now while reducing the tax burden for your heirs in the future. Learn more about charitable lead trusts.
  • Donor Advised Funds

    Access the giving power of a private foundation without the expense or complexity. Learn more about donor advised funds.

Contact us

University Advancement
Campus Box 3200
Normal, Il 61790-3200
Phone: 309-438-7681