Funding Priorities

Create A Living Legacy

Private support opportunities exist at each of our three campuses, and cover a range of priorities. One of the top priorities of the University is to increase its endowment, creating living legacies that span generations.

Determining which gift opportunities are best for your charitable interests and financial objectives is easy. Simply select a campus and submit your query. Or, enter a keyword into the priority search box below to perform a search. You’ll be provided with a listing of University support opportunities that have the greatest significance to you.

Once you have determined your priority, contact the Foundation for more information.



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Career Development Awards : Springfield


Career development awards are designed to recognize sustained, career-long accomplishments at UIS in teaching and scholarship.

Center for Entrepreneurship : Springfield


The Center for Entrepreneurship within the College of Business and Management at UIS was established through a recent partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Center was created in an effort to continue and boost entrepreneurship and economic growth in the central Illinois region.

Center for Geographic Information Systems Applications: Springfield


GIS is a powerful technology that allows the mapping and analysis of various data. GIS has become more and more valuable in the governmental, academic and private sectors by combining, managing and analyzing information. The GIS Center at UIS will house a special laboratory for trainings, cross-disciplinary education, research and collaboration and will enhance teaching and learning for UIS faculty, students and staff.

Center for Innovation and Technology Management : Urbana-Champaign


The Center will further our understanding of the commercialization of intellectual property through research and educational programs.

Center for Online Learning, Research and Service: Springfield


Online activities at UIS are continually expanding to build exciting new collaborations among educational institutions, government agencies and businesses around the globe. Support for online activities and the establishment of a Center at UIS, will inform, empower, assist and support faculty in the delivery of courses, degrees and certificate programs through the Internet.

Center for Public Policy and Business : Urbana-Champaign


This College of Business initiative will extend our understanding of the impact of public policy regarding issues such as aging, healthcare and sustainability on the economy and businesses.

Center for State Policy and Leadership Endowment Fund: Springfield


The Center is a campus level, interdisciplinary public policy center that is the primary vehicle for carrying out UIS' public affairs and outreach missions. The Center will be an essential partner with academic units in the development and the delivery of the public affairs activities, public policy forums, lecture series, internship opportunities and policy research that will provide structure and content for the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience component of our new general education curriculum. Support is needed to provide more lectureships, conferences, seminars and workshops.

Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine: Urbana-Champaign


This new venue is envisioned as a site for a veterinary practice that will give veterinary students greater access to primary care cases; a focused specialty referral center that makes expertise from our Urbana location available to metropolitan pet owners; and a headquarters for scholarly collaborations with biomedical researchers based in Chicago, for recruitment of underrepresented populations and for educational programs for veterinary professionals and animal owners.

Civic Engagement Initiative: Springfield


The College of Public Affairs & Administration will promote an enjoyable and supportive learning community that produces engaged and informed citizens. Our public affairs initiatives will make a positive contribution to our community through the application of expertise to significant issues of public policy and by nurturing the desire for civic engagement to achieve positive social change. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and outside partners will have opportunities to enhance their personal growth, social capital, support networks, networking opportunities and extracurricular programming.

College of Engineering Technology Entrepreneur Center: Urbana-Champaign


The Center will train students to be leaders in business, technology development and innovation.

College of ACES Agricultural and Biological Engineering Laboratory and Facility Upgrades: Urbana-Champaign


To continue to attract high quality students and sponsored research, existing teaching research facilities must be upgraded.

College of ACES Arboretum Enhancements: Urbana-Champaign


Enhancements to the Arboretum will provide visual inspiration and a teaching resource for students, faculty, alumni, visitors and horticulture enthusiasts throughout the state.

College of ACES Family Resiliency Program Support: Urbana-Champaign


Support is needed to ensure that the Family Resiliency program continues to grow and its ability to enrich children, individuals, families and well-being in the context of communities.

College of ACES Food and Nutrition Institute: Urbana-Champaign


Funds given to this initiative will be used to establish a premier research, educational and economic development activity designed to support the largest sector of the Illinois economy: food and agriculture.

College of ACES Illinois Maize Breeding and Genetics Laboratory Expansion: Urbana-Champaign


To ensure that Illinois remains a leader in the breeding and genetics of maize, resources are required for faculty, student, laboratory improvements, field support and increased outreach activities.

College of ACES Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship Program Enhancement: Urbana-Champaign


Enhancements to this program are needed in order to increase scholarships in order to recruit the top students to the College.

College of ACES McFarland Memorial Bell Tower Landscaping: Urbana-Champaign


The proposed bell tower will be a key focal point on the south campus and landscaping will complete the project.

College of ACES Nitrogen Fertility Research and Education Center: Urbana-Champaign


Although a leader in soil fertility for 70 years, increased funding for basic and applied research is needed due to increased cost of nitrogen, environmental concerns and the need for increased crop production.

College of ACES Nutritional Assessment Facility: Urbana-Champaign


Monies are needed to establish this facility. Its mission of this facility will be to conduct research with human subjects in areas of health and wellness and to encourage further development of community partnerships to educate the public about personal wellness.

College of ACES Playground Equipment Replacement for Child Development Lab: Urbana-Champaign


Since the existing equipment is old, outdated and not as safe as it once was, the equipment in this lab must be replaced in order to provide children with safe and sound play areas.

College of ACES Soils Laboratory Renovation: Urbana-Champaign


This effort will encourage students to enter the fields of crop science and soils and help provide proper training for the respective areas.

College of ACES Spatial Analysis and Design Laboratory: Urbana-Champaign


The creation of this laboratory would enable students to maximize the knowledge and understanding of plants, growth and maintenance of sustainable landscape over the period of year.

College of ACES St. Charles Horticulture Research Center Expansion: Urbana-Champaign


This research center needs to expand to include on-site research, educational and demonstrational areas as horticulture and natural resources are increasingly being recognized as keystone in sustainability for metropolitan communities.

College of Applied Health Sciences Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program: Urbana-Champaign


Through an individualized, academically integrated student enrichment and leadership program, first-generation college students will have every opportunity to complete their degrees and acquire skills for life-long success.

College of Applied Health Sciences Faculty Scholar and Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention: Urbana-Champaign


Efforts must be maid to recruit and retain nationally renowned faculty scholars and graduate students of the highest caliber to study the fields of health, aging, and disability.The health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities will be enhanced through the interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach initiatives led by these exemplary scholars.

College of Applied Health Sciences Infrastructure: Urbana-Champaign


Infrastructure support for the rapidly emerging research, teaching, and public outreach opportunities of the College of Applied Health Sciences will help ensure that the College and the campus provide the level of national and international leadership needed to address 21st century societal needs related to human health and well-being.

College of Applied Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Center on Health, Aging and Disability: Urbana-Champaign


As the demographics of our population undergo an unprecedented shift in the coming decades, the Interdisciplinary Center on Health, Aging and Disability will address the needs of individuals, families, and communities by promoting health, self-sufficiency, economic independence and quality of life across the lifespan.

College of Applied Health Sciences Print and Electronic Materials Acquisition: Urbana-Champaign


Increased support of the library materials will help ensure that faculty and students both within the college and across campus have access to the latest books, journals and reference materials related to enhancing the health and well-being of our society.

College of Applied Health Sciences Student Support: Urbana-Champaign


Scholarship support will enable the College to recruit and retain exceptional students who are preparing to become tomorrow’s leaders in fields that enhance the health and well-being of our society.

College of Business Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership: Urbana-Champaign


The Academy offers entrepreneurial programs, services and resources for faculty and graduate students.

College of Business Chairs and Professorships: Urbana-Champaign


More chairs and professorships are needed to enable the College to recruit, retain and reward the most influential faculty.

College of Business Faculty Fellowships: Urbana-Champaign


The availability of additional faculty fellowships will encourage and support younger, rising faculty members, by providing them with recognition and support as they launch their careers.

College of Business Global Immersion Program: Urbana-Champaign


This program aims to provide students with international experience through study abroad programs and specially designed overseas study courses organized in different parts of the world.

College of Business Honors Program: Urbana-Champaign


The Honors Program offers multiple opportunities to students for academic distinction, affiliation with distinguished faculty, exciting co-curricular activities and membership in scholastic and professional networks in order to prepare them to be "leaders.

College of Business Instructional Development Center: Urbana-Champaign


The Center will help enhance the academic reputation of the College and attract leading scholars who have defined and will then refine new and emerging fields of study and contribute to the development of today’s business disciplines.

College of Business New Initiatives Fund: Urbana-Champaign


To support new initiatives and fund innovative ideas to maintain and extend the academic excellence of the program.

College of Business New Instructional Facility: Urbana-Champaign


To ensure its stature as one of the world’s premier centers of business education, this facility will provide a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure that will enhance scholarship and research among our faculty and students.

College of Business Program Support: Urbana-Champaign


Funds contributed to this initiative will provide the College with resources to respond quickly to exciting opportunities that often can make a crucial difference to students, faculty and alumni.

College of Business Student Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


In order to attract the best students in an increasingly competitive market, need-based and merit-based scholarships are essential for recruiting students who will be the next generation of business leaders and researchers.

College of Communications 4-year Program Transformation : Urbana-Champaign


Expansion of the programs will enrich the undergraduate educational experience through a more extensive connection with the College’s world-class programs and faculty.

College of Communications Future Media Initiative: Urbana-Champaign


This initiative will create new opportunities for students in a rapidly changing, converged media environment and will encourage faculty to develop cutting-edge research and courses on emerging media.

College of Communications Graduate Education Program Support: Urbana-Champaign


The College will build on the tradition of Illinois excellence in graduate education to preserve and enhance our highly ranked programs and create the next generation of communications scholars.

College of Communications International Scholars-in-Residence Program Creation: Urbana-Champaign


The presence of and interaction with international scholars in the College will enhance the educational experience for students and faculty.

College of Communications Roger Ebert Center for Film: Urbana-Champaign


The Center will be the premier site for deliberation and interaction among students, faculty, the public and film industry professionals to explore the production, criticism and art of film.

College of Communications Student Services Center: Urbana-Champaign


This Center will provide students with access to a centralized system of advising, placement and career asistance in the College.

College of Communications Technology Fund for the Purchase and Maintenance of Hardware, Software, and Infrastructure: Urbana-Champaign


Acquiring and maintaining state-of-the-art educational technology is crucial to the educational, professional and scholarly missions of the College.

College of Communications University Cable Channel UI7 Development : Urbana-Champaign


This public educational access TV channel will fulfill students’ production needs and provide additional distribution vehicles for their creative endeavors while serving the public.

College of Education Center for Education in Small Urban Communities: Urbana-Champaign


The goal of this initiative is to be a center for educational scholarship and practice in small urban communities –the home of over 10,000 of the nation’s 14,000 school districts.

College of Education Children's Literature Festival: Urbana-Champaign


In collaboration with other campus programs and community leaders, the College will initiate a public and national festival celebrating children’s literature and education.

College of Education Forum on the Future of Public Education: Urbana-Champaign


This initiative will allow the College to be a guiding, national voice in decisions of public policy and practice in both K-12 and higher education.

College of Education Funding for Innovation and Excellence in Research, Teaching and Professional Practice: Urbana-Champaign


Excellence and innovation in our core activities of research, teaching and community practice have been the hallmarks of the College for over 100 years and they will be the critical foundation for the programs and people who enter the College in the next century.

College of Education Initiative for the Study of Communication Disorders: Urbana-Champaign


This initiative will allow the College to become a national and international leader in providing new methods and practices to families and communities to ensure that every individual, regardless of disability, has the opportunity to live his/her life as independently as possible in one's home, neighborhood and community.

College of Education Initiative on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching and Learning: Urbana-Champaign


The College will bring together university, public and corporate partners to build new systems of engaging the next generation of students in STEM disciplines to create a better educated, better prepared and more globally competitive population.

College of Education International Experience: Urbana-Champaign


The College of Education wishes to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to approach local policies and practices from an international perspective, thus preparing them to live, work and teach in a truly global community.

College of Education Ubiquitous Learning Institute: Urbana-Champaign


The institute aims at developing the practices and generate the basic understanding of learning and teaching in a world where technology has outpaced the models of the previous century.

College of Engineering Corporate Research Support: Urbana-Champaign


The College needs support to promote cutting edge research and technology transfer.

College of Engineering Diversity Programs: Urbana-Champaign


It is important that the College of Engineering be able to recruit and retain women and under-represented minorities in our undergraduate programs; this monies will allow the College to do so.

College of Engineering Endowed Chairs, Professorships and Faculty Scholar Awards: Urbana-Champaign


The College needs to have more chairs, professorships and awards available in order to recruit and retain the best faculty educators and researchers in the world.

College of Engineering Endowed Deanship: Urbana-Champaign


The deanship will provide unrestricted funds to empower the dean to fund leadership initiatives throughout the College.

College of Engineering Endowed Graduate Fellowships: Urbana-Champaign


In order to recruit and retain the best graduate students in an increasingly competitive environment, the College must offer more graduate fellowships.

College of Engineering Endowed Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


Endowed scholarships will be used to support high-achieving students with financial need.

College of Engineering Equipment: Urbana-Champaign


Support to this initiative will help the College maintain state-of-the-art information technology systems, networks and laboratory equipment.

College of Engineering Faculty Research Fund: Urbana-Champaign


The College needs to raise funds to provide support for high-risk, high-potential research.

College of Engineering Newmark Laboratory Student Center: Urbana-Champaign


The Center will contain high-tech facilities for instruction, computer labs, study space and student groups.

College of Engineering Renovation and Remodeling: Urbana-Champaign


Funding is essential to allow the College to maintain state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities.

College of Engineering Undergraduate Research: Urbana-Champaign


Monies to this initiative will help provide world-class opportunities for undergraduates to conduct original research.

College of Engineering Unrestricted Support: Urbana-Champaign


Funds to this priority will be used to support a wide range of initiatives including: promoting leadership amongst faculty and students; academic excellence; research and development; supporting emerging needs for instructional and research facilities; and ensuring access to all qualified students.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Chamber Music Institute for the School of Music: Urbana-Champaign


The Chamber Music Institute, the first of its kind, will meet the needs of students’ educational and professional goals by innovatively combining performance and educational requirements of advanced degree-seeking candidates with practical business-oriented seminars and will provide the entrepreneurial skills necessary for chamber music groups to successfully manage themselves.

College of Fine & Applied Arts East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) : Urbana-Champaign


An award-winning model for urban revitalization programs around the nation, ESLARP provides students with experiences that stimulate problem-solving skills, offers hands-on experience and trains them to thrive in an ever-changing world. Faculty are able to conduct helpful research in neighborhood and community planning that broadens the educational experience for students and vastly improves living situations for East St. Louis residents.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Endowed Chairs and Professorships: Urbana-Champaign


Endowed chairs and professorships will allow the College of Fine & Applied Arts to attract and/or retain outstanding and talented faculty members who have the ability, motivation and vision to advance excellence in the University's instruction and bring an increased national and international reputation to the College and its units.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Endowed Fellowships: Urbana-Champaign


Endowed fellowships will allow the College to attract and/or retain the finest graduate students to support and partner with faculty members whose teaching and research set a margin of excellence within the University's programs.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Endowed Research Excellence Fund: Urbana-Champaign


An Endowed Research Excellence Fund would provide outside funding for research in the arts at Illinois . FAA units desperately need seed money for faculty to undertake and execute new research initiatives.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Endowed Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


Scholarships are used to attract talented students that show outstanding promise and are underrepresented at the University; these students are often recruited by Illinois’ peer institutions with attractive 4-year scholarships.

College of Fine & Applied Arts I Space Gallery Enhancement: Urbana-Champaign


An endowed fund for I Space will provide a venue for student, faculty, and emerging art in a metropolitan environment; it will encourage the synergy among students, faculty, professional artists, gallery owners and critics that is necessary for the preservation and advancement of the visual and design arts; and it will create visibility for the Urbana campus in Chicago.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Intermedia Lab: Urbana-Champaign


Creating an Intermedia Lab to support the School of Art & Design, Krannert Art Museum and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications will allow the College to maintain its reputation for leadership in arts and technology. It will provide a physical and technological environment that will challenge students and faculty to envision new artistic practices in the areas of new media, interactive multimedia, gaming, media production and media scripting.

College of Fine & Applied Arts International Travel Program: Urbana-Champaign


An International Travel Program will provide students with an educational experience that is enriched by international study, give faculty wide-ranging opportunities for research and create initiatives where FAA engages collaboratively with people around the world.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Library Construction & Renovation Project: Urbana-Champaign


A new library for the arts at Illinois will be an intellectual hub for students and faculty and a home for the collections and services of the Ricker Architecture and Art Library and the City Planning and Landscape Architecture Library. It will include media centers and laboratory spaces dedicated to work with traditional and new technologies.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Unrestricted Funds: Urbana-Champaign


In order for the College to advance new initiatives and create peerless educational experiences in the visual and performing arts and environmental design it needs to be nimble in funding research and creating programs; unrestricted funds allow the College to take advantage of such important priorities.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Visiting Artists Support Fund: Urbana-Champaign


It is essential that practitioners in the visual and performing arts and the environmental design come to campus to interact with students and faculty, bringing real-world knowledge and guidance to our educational programs.

College of Law Center for Entrepreneurial Lawyering: Urbana-Champaign


The Center for Entrepreneurial Lawyering is dedicated to training effective transactional lawyers to inculcate healthy attitudes toward entrepreneurial risk-management by sponsoring research and public engagement activities directed at the relationship between regulatory regimes and entrepreneurial incentives so as to better understand how to advance economic growth and prosperity through legal change.

College of Law Chair: Urbana-Champaign


A Faculty Chair, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a faculty member who has achieved international stature within his/her field, can be used to recruit a scholar of outstanding reputation who is at the peak of his/her career, or to retain a faculty member whose renown prompts other institutions to engage in predatory recruiting.

College of Law Dean's Chair: Urbana-Champaign


A Dean's Chair provides crucial funds that enable the College to be nimble in responding to unique opportunities, solving immediate problems and funding non-recurring expenses It also facilitates seeding intellectual inquiry by funding conferences, lectures, or reading groups and can be used to fund well-conceived student projects, or work changes in facilities that are critical to the College community.

College of Law Experiential Learning: Urbana-Champaign


Experiential learning opportunities enable students to acquire practical lawyering skills that are crucial to their success as effective professionals through the following programs:  live-client clinics, simulation courses, the trial advocacy program and externship programs.

College of Law Faculty Scholars: Urbana-Champaign


Faculty Scholar positions are rotating research positions that provide faculty members with teaching release time as well as a supplemental research funding  to allow those who are finishing ground-breaking projects to focus intensively on their research so as to affect timely, field-changing advances in their areas of expertise.

College of Law Interdisciplinary Programs: Urbana-Champaign


Funding for interdisciplinary programs enables faculty members to engage in collaborative research, co-teach cross-listed courses and host conferences and events that approach significant social and legal issues holistically.

College of Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Urbana-Champaign


Established in 2005, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program encourages graduates to choose careers in public service based on personal preference rather than income potential.

College of Law Professorships: Urbana-Champaign


Faculty Professorships are honors that are much coveted  by faculty members who have achieved acclaimed national reputations for the impact of their research on their fields of expertise, by providing funds  to recruit high-reputation faculty members or retain faculty members who are sought after by competitor institutions.

College of Law Scholarship Fund: Urbana-Champaign


With the cost of tuition skyrocketing, federal student loan programs decreasing and the number of financial aid eligible students increasing, the importance of bolstering our aid packages will help us remain competitive and attract the finest law students around the globe.

College of Medicine Clinical Education and Research Base Improvements : Urbana-Champaign


Efforts will be made to strengthen clinical education and research base for students. In order to strengthen the clinical program, the College needs to recruit highly qualified clinical faculty.

College of Medicine Curriculum Improvements: Urbana-Champaign


The College plans to develop an innovative evidenced-based medical curriculum. Through implemented evaluation protocols, new testing methodologies and evaluations of clinical performance. The College is poised to become a leader in establishing new protocols for evaluating the effectiveness of medical curriculums across the nation.

College of Medicine Medical Scholars Program Enhancement: Urbana-Champaign


A robust endowment will allow this program to remain the most innovative and highly respected program of its kind in the nation and continue to produce leaders for the 21st century.

College of Medicine Public Engagement Mission Expansion: Urbana-Champaign


Through partnerships with campus units and communities across the state, nation and around the world, the College seeks funding for extension and engagement programs aimed at community service, education and humanitarian efforts.

College of Medicine Student Recruitment: Urbana-Champaign


In order to better serve society in the face of the state and region's shortage of physicians, the College needs to increase the number of students it accepts.

College of Medicine Translational and Human Health-Related Research: Urbana-Champaign


A clinical interface will allow all disciplines to bring their scholarship into the realm of human biology by hiring a cadre of physician-investigators who will be essential to the establishment of a connection between fundamental disciplines and practical human biology.

College of Veterinary Medicine Facilities and Infrastructure: Urbana-Champaign


A bridge building connecting our hospital and basic sciences facilities will enable us to increase veterinary student enrollment and improve clinical teaching facilities, support promising research in surgery, imaging and oncology; improve amenities for hospital clients and foster interaction among students, faculty, and staff.

College of Veterinary Medicine Innovative Programs and Learning Experiences that Enhance the Human-Animal Bond: Urbana-Champaign


Animals have a complex and meaningful relationship with human society and the College embraces its responsibility to foster and interpret that bond within the public and within future veterinary professionals.

College of Veterinary Medicine Translational Biomedical Research: Urbana-Champaign


The College has the potential to make a significant impact in the area of human and animal health by applying ideas, insights and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of disease.

College of Veterinary Medicine Translational Biomedical Research: Urbana-Champaign


The College has the potential to make a significant impact in the area of human and animal health by applying ideas, insights and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of disease.

Community Companion Animal Learning Center: Urbana-Champaign


Monies are needed to create an animal learning center to provide opportunities to train students in companion animal biology and medicine, to capture educational benefits for families and children and to further understanding relationship of human and animal interactions.