Ways to Donate

  • Pledge an amount to be paid over the next five years, using a  payment schedule convenient for you. 
  • Send a gift by check.
  • Make a gift online or by phone via your VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card;
  • Contribute appreciated stock or shares of mutual funds.
  • Consider establishing a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust, providing you with payments for life. Your financial adviser and our staff can help you decide if this is a good option for you.
  • Make an estate provision in your will and/or request that memorial gifts be made to Millikin in honor of yourself or a loved one. 

    You may choose to honor a loved one or commemorate your connection to Millikin by naming a meeting room, faculty office or other designated area with your gift. Ask our staff for information on current naming opportunities.

    Your place of employment (or your spouse’s) may match your gift. Check with your employer for eligibility requirements.

    Two matching challenge grants have been established to benefit the "Tranform MU" capital campaign:
  • Caterpillar Foundation Matching Grant - Open to Caterpillar employees, retirees and directors.
  • Oberhelman Matching Grant - Open to all donors.

    For more information on Transform MU: The Campaign for Millikin, please contact:

    Dave Brandon
    Vice President for Alumni and Development
    Millikin University
    1184 West Main Street
    Decatur, Ill. 62522-2084
    Telephone: 217-424-6330
    Toll free: 1-877-JMU-ALUM (568-2586)
    Fax: 217-424-3755
    E-mail: dbrandon@millikin.edu


    03|03 A message from Laura Ledford, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
    A message from Laura Ledford, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
    02|28 #DocGolden's Green Room Project: Total after two-day blitz is more than $21,500
    With more than 100 people giving in just two days, we have raised 61.5% of the $35,000 needed to name the Green Room in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in honor of Dr. David "Doc" Golden, the former department chair. Although this two-day concentrated blitz through email and social media has ended, the effort to raise the funds will continue. We will keep going until each dollar is raised for the #DocGolden Green Room Project. If you weren't able to make a donation yet, know that you can still give. Let's do this for Doc!
    11|06 Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden
    Help name a space in the new Center for Theatre and Dance in memory of Dr. David Golden, professor emeritus and former department chair. His family requested that donations be sent to Millikin in his memory toward the goal of naming the green room in the planned new Center for Theatre and Dance in his memory. To reach this goal, we must raise $35,190.
    03|07 Caterpillar Donates $1 million
    As a part of the Caterpillar Foundation’s previously announced investment in Millikin University, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, marked another momentous occasion as the Caterpillar Foundation made its second payment of $1 million in Millikin University. This investment is part of...


    Whether you donate to the university and invest in future students, volunteer your time at the university, or advocate for the school through recruitment or other programs, your efforts benefit the entire university community. Please join me and reinvest in Millikin today. The returns last a lifetime.

    (Hired Four Millikin Graduates, Guest Speaker in the Business Program, and Alumni Donor)

    Scott Flora, President, Covidien Surgical Devices
    Alumni, Class of 1978

    When I was invited to deliver the baccalaureate address during Commencement 2004, I challenged the graduating class to give something back to their new alma mater. Soon after, I had to honestly ask myself:  “What have YOU done for Millikin?”  My answer to that question resulted in a wonderful journey to establish the Smith/Orlandini Book Award, given annually to a student with demonstrated financial need in the department of exercise science and sport. This ultimately cultivated my desire to establish a permanent fund honoring my family's connection with Millikin. 

    Accordingly, I have taken steps to endow the Smith/Orlandini Scholarship. Additional support for the endowment has come from alumni family members, who share my pride in knowing that we are helping assist future generations of Millikin students.

    Father Nicholas W. Smith
    Alumni, Class of 1983