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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Electrical and Computer Engineering Building: Urbana-Champaign


Monies are needed to provide world-class opportunities for undergraduates to conduct original research.

Emiquon Wetlands Restoration Project: Springfield


The Emiquon Wetlands Restoration Project, 7,000 acres along the Illinois River, is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, UIS provides and oversees education and research opportunities at Emiquon. Emiquon attracts students and professionals worldwide with an interest in ecology, biology, anthropology, history, science and the environment. Currently, a Field Station donated by the Conservancy, is undergoing renovation to house both on-site and online interdisciplinary studies, as well as community outreach, K-12 and public awareness activities.

Endowed Chairs and Professorships: Urbana-Champaign


The creation and support of endowed chairs and professorships can attract and retain faculty and supplement state funds to provide a more competitive salary structure. Faculty support fosters research and scholarship in a given discipline and helps build outstanding academic programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Endowed Chairs and Professorships: Springfield


UIS attracts teacher-scholars through distinguished professorships and distinguished chairs. These opportunities allow professors to continue their research, which solidly impacts teaching and makes invaluable contributions to the world. Opportunities are available in all colleges at UIS: College of Business and Management; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Public Affairs and Administration; and the College of Education and Human Services

Endowed Visiting Professorships for Foreign Language, International, and Area Studies/International Programs and Studies: Urbana-Champaign


Pre-eminence among major research universities in arenas as diverse as the humanities, the sciences and business demands that Illinois support research and teaching in critical foreign languages and world regions through endowed professorships.

Enrich the Student Experience: Chicago


UIC will create optimal surroundings within which students and faculty can live and learn. Building more comfortable and state-of-the-art spaces for all who use them will help attract the brightest and most ambitious students. In addition to the continued transformation of campus, UIC will invest in the expansion of numerous cultural and athletic outlets. These efforts will result in an ever-more vibrant and productive community to populate UIC's classrooms, laboratories and gathering spaces.

Experiential and Service Learning Institute: Springfield


UIS has a 35-year history of incorporating experiential learning into undergraduate education. Support for experiential and service learning at UIS will expand internship and volunteer opportunities for students (state, national, international) and help establish a future Institute focused on fostering scholarly investigation of experiential and service learning and promoting best practices to colleagues at other institutions.