Commemorating Planned and Testamentary Gifts
The Cornerstone Society recognizes donors who make planned or estate gifts to the NIU Foundation. Through their bequests and qualified deferred gifts (such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts), these generous and insightful donors have provided for generations of NIU students. These gifts will become the cornerstone upon which the University will grow.
Planned and estate gifts are the culmination of a donor’s lifetime commitment to Northern Illinois University. These gifts not only help the University plan for future programs and help students afford tuition, they also provide our donors with an opportunity to make a statement of priority with their estate plan. Planned and estate gifts allow the University to prepare for growth of strategic initiatives and help our donors save on estate and other burdensome taxes. Through the Cornerstone Society, we appropriately recognize these thoughtful donors.
If you are interested in learning more about how a planned gift to the NIU Foundation can not only benefit the University, but also you as a philanthropist, please contact John Sentovich at 815-753-1344 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy M. Schneider at 815-753-1389 or email@example.com.
If you qualify for membership in the Cornerstone Society, please complete our Charitable Bequest Intention Form (PDF).
Benefits of Membership
Membership in the Cornerstone Society provides you with the following opportunities for involvement and recognition:
• Listing in the Annual Report to Donors
• Invitation to the University’s major events
• Invitation to the Red and Black Dinner Dance
• Holiday recognition
Platinum Guild $1,000,000+
Gold Guild $250,000 - $999,999
Silver Guild $50,000 - $249,999
Bronze Guild under $50,000
Northern Illinois University has designated the NIU Foundation as the charitable organization to receive and manage all gifts on its behalf.
The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.