The Harbinger Society was established in 1984 by the Southern Illinois University Foundation at the School of Medicine to honor the philanthropic efforts of special friends and alumni who provide significant contributions of private resources to enable the SIU School of Medicine to remain a leader in medical education, patient care and research.
The Harbinger of Good Will, a sculpture created by noted sculptor Kenneth G. Ryden of Greenville, Illinois, was commissioned in 1981 by the SIU Foundation as part of the commemoration of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's 10th anniversary.
The artist has said, "I created the work to represent the many aspects of medicine, the researchers and practitioners as well as the humans being served. The wings are suggestive of medical practice, offering dignity, hope and good will, and the figure itself symbolizes the spiritual essence of humanity." Members of the Harbinger Society honor these high ideals.
How to Become a Member
Membership in the Harbinger Society is open to alumni and friends of the School of Medicine who make a significant financial commitment to the School in support of its goals. Parties may qualify as members by meeting one of the following criteria:
Membership in the Harbinger Society continues as long as any one of the above criteria is maintained by the donor, and as long as the purposes of the Society are properly served.
Payment of Gifts and Bequests
All gifts and bequests should be made payable to the SIU Foundation.
Personal circumstances and applicable tax laws and regulations vary. An attorney or tax advisor can provide specific tax information.
Use of Gifts
Gifts made by members of the Harbinger Society to the SIU Foundation are used exclusively for the benefit of the SIU School of Medicine. Gifts may take various forms and be designated for a variety of purposes: