The 1867 Society Council is made up of student leaders who are building a tradition of student giving to Illinois. They are appreciative of their Illinois experience and understand that private support has made an impact not only on their education, but also on their future.
Throughout the school year, members of the Council hold activities and speak to student groups to raise awareness among the student body about the impact of private gifts on campus and the way that students benefit from the support of alumni and friends. They encourage students to show their gratitude with a gift back to campus.
With their motto, “size doesn’t matter,” they encourage giving within the means of a student, $5 to $15 a year. Small donations add up to thousands of dollars in gifts that make a significant impact on campus. Any current undergraduate, graduate or professional student who makes a monetary gift to any Urbana campus gift fund in a single fiscal year (July 1- June 30) automatically become a member of the 1867 Society.
Students are encouraged to give to the 1867 Society Fund, the annual fund for their college or department, and/or funds that have special meaning to them. Through gifts to the 1867 Society Fund, student donors have provided flat screen monitors for conference rooms at the Undergraduate Library, software to assist a student group with GIS mapping of the campus, and funds to support students who want to gain leadership skills through programming with the Illinois Leadership Center. To learn about their activities visit: 1867society.org.