Harbinger of Good Will
In 1981, the Harbinger of Good Will, a sculpture created
by noted sculptor Kenneth G. Ryden of Greenville, Illinois,
was commissioned 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."
At Southern Illinois University School of Medicine,
the members of the Harbinger Society reflect the meaning
of the Harbinger of Good Will.
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 used for a variety of purposes:
- A member may request that his or her gift be used to
support a specific project, to fund specific research,
or to purchase a specific piece of equipment.
- A member may elect to let the School of Medicine decide
where best to utilize his or her gifts. Such gifts ordinarily
are used to support the ongoing programs of the School,
including scientific research, faculty awards, library
development, special equipment, and student scholarships
and loans. Such gifts are particularly valuable, as
they can be applied where the need is greatest.
- A member may choose to establish
a trust fund or endowment in order to demonstrate his
or her commitment to medical science, education or practice,
or in order to memorialize the commitment of a loved
one. Managed by the SIU Foundation, such trust funds
may be designated by the member to support research,
provide scholarships or fund other programs of the School
of Medicine. In consultation with the School of Medicine
or SIU Foundation officials, members may structure their
own, individual methods of contributing.
Payment of Gifts and Bequests
All gifts and bequests should be made payable to The
Personal circumstances and applicable tax laws and regulations
vary. Specific tax information should be sought from
an attorney or tax advisor.
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How to Become
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
- Making a gift of $10,000 in cash, securities,
equipment, materials, supplies or other gifts-in-kind.
- Pledging $10,000 payable over a 10-year period,
not less than $1,000 annually.
- Bequeathing a whole-life insurance policy valued
at $50,000 or more.
- Donating a trust (instrument) valued at $50,000
- $10,000 is the minimum amount to establish a
- $25,000 is the minimum amount to establish an
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.
Cumulative Giving Levels of the Harbinger Society:
Pinnacle - $1,000,000 and greater, reprinting the top
Horizon - $250,000 to $999,999 for vision of these donors
Harbinger Inner Circle - $100,000 to $249,999 for superior
Harbinger Cornerstone - $10,001 to $99,999 for strong,
Harbinger Society Members - $1,000 to $10,000 for outstanding
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