The Cornerstone Society honors generous donors whose estate plans benefit Northern Illinois University. Through their bequests and qualified deferred gifts, these generous and insightful donors provide for generations of NIU students. Their gifts are the cornerstone upon which the University grows.

Becoming a Cornerstone member gives you a closer connection to NIU: It’s a meaningful way to ensure that future generations of students receive the same unparalleled education NIU has always provided. Planned and estate gifts also allow the University to prepare for growth of strategic initiatives and help our donors save on estate and other taxes.

Society Levels

  • Platinum Guild $1,000,000+
  • Gold Guild $250,000 - $999,999
  • Silver Guild $50,000 - $249,999
  • Bronze Guild under $50,000

Membership in the Cornerstone Society provides several opportunities for involvement and recognition including listing in the online Cornerstone Recognition pages; exclusive communications from University leadership; and invitations to major University events such as the annual distinguished donor event with NIU President Lisa C. Freeman.

Let Us Know

By notifying us of your gift intention, you join the Cornerstone Society, a group of like-minded individuals who have made plans to support the next generation of students. Your membership allows us to recognize you for your generosity and make certain we can honor your wishes. 

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