Illinois State University has exceeded a $150 million fundraising goal.

The university announced Tuesday it's received more than $155 million in donations, hitting the goal for the Redbirds Rising campaign 13 months ahead of schedule.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Officials at SIU-Carbondale were all smiles Thursday as interim Chancellor John Dunn announced the university reached a fundraising goal.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Aur Beck, who is heading up "Heartland People Care," a group aimed at leveraging local funds for non-profit organizations.