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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4-H Memorial Camp Dining Hall: Urbana-Champaign


Due to its age and condition, the dining hall and kitchen must be renovated.

4-H Youth Development Center Building: Urbana-Champaign


A nw building is needed to provide a home for state 4-H staff and volunteers, space for collaborative work, as well as a location to record and celebrate both the past and the future of this youth development program.

Access to Illinois Library Resources: Urbana-Champaign


To enhance and build outstanding leadership programs through establishing endowments for visiting scholars and establishing faculty awards.

ACES 4-H and Youth Development Programs Enhancement: Urbana-Champaign


The College of ACES wishes to ensure that 4-H, the historic leadership development program, continues to excel. Private sponsorships for all program areas must be obtained.

ACES Diversity Programs Enhancement: Urbana-Champaign


In order to continue to increase the diversity of the undergraduate body to better represent the demographics of the state, existing programs need to be enhanced and expanded.

ACES Experiential Learning and Teaching: Urbana-Champaign


The goal of this initiative is to enhance the understanding and application of technical information and to help develop skills such as analytical and decision making; hands-on, out-of-classroom opportunities are necessary to ensure that students "hit the road running."

ACES Faculty Support: Urbana-Champaign


To attract and retain the best and brightest faculty and students in current and immerging areas, endowed positions and supporting fellowships and programs will be required.

ACES Farmdoc: Urbana-Champaign


Funds are needed to ensure the continuation and enhancement of the major decision making tool upon which landowners and producers rely.

ACES Global Connect Enhancement and Expansion: Urbana-Champaign


ACES Global Connect aims to provide the most effective use of faculty, department, college and external resources to support and strengthen dimension of research, teaching and outreach activities in the global arena.

ACES Leadership Initiative: Urbana-Champaign


The College of ACES aims at ensuring that all students have leadership development opportunities by incorporating leadership development initiatives in all courses, providing for community and public engagement and increasing access to opportunities like Illinois Leadership for all students.

ACES Teaching, Research and Outreach Infrastructure: Urbana-Champaign


Improved infrastructure in the Collegeof ACES for teaching, research and outreach is essential to meet the emerging opportunities.

Annual Funds : Urbana-Champaign


Annual fund gifts are critically important in ensuring that the deans and other University leaders can take advantage of unanticipated opportunities and address unforeseen challenges. By making contributions from year to year, alumni, parents and friends provide a consistent stream of support for academic and student-life programs.

Bevier Hall Facilities and Food Laboratories Renovation: Urbana-Champaign


The facilities in Bevier Hall have not been upgraded since the 1950’s and do not allow the programs housed in it to meet the current demands and needs of faculty and students.

Bioengineering Building : Urbana-Champaign


Funds are needed for a world-class research center for breakthrough technology.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Baseball Project: Urbana-Champaign


The DIA must improve their facility by adding field turf to the playing surface and adding accessible parking for fans, which will provide for greater utilization of the facility and boost fan attendance.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Endowment: Urbana-Champaign


A critical component for budget stability, the DIA must increase its endowment in order to permanently fund scholarships, programs and operating funds for facilities.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics I FUND Scholarship Support: Urbana-Champaign


Since private gifts are the sole source of support for student-athlete scholarships, increased annual funding is required to meet the challenges of rapidly escalating costs for tuition, academic services, medical care and costs of living and allow the DIA to fully fund the maximum number of scholarships for men's and women's intercollegiate sports.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Indoor Golf Practice Facility: Urbana-Champaign


Construction of a state-of-the-art indoor golf practice facility will enable the Illinois golf teams to practice year-round and overcome challenging weather limitations.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Irwin Academic Center Expansion : Urbana-Champaign


It is necessary to expand Irwin to create a more effective study environment, in order to provide student athletes with the best possible academic resources.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Outdoor Tennis Stadium Project: Urbana-Champaign


Construction of an outdoor tennis stadium enables the DIA to maintain status as one of the nation's elite programs. The stadium will enhance our premier indoor facility, allowing for greater community access and improving DIA's ability to host IHSA, Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Softball Stadium Project: Urbana-Champaign


In order to host IHSA, Big Ten and NCAA championship tournaments, it is necessary to construct permanent stadium seating, locker room facilities and spectator amenities.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Track/Soccer Stadium Project: Urbana-Champaign


DIA must enhance its facilities in order to provide for player and spectator amenities which will allow the U of I to host the IHSA, Big Ten and NCAA meets.

Department of Intercollegiate AthleticsOlympic Sports Training Center: Urbana-Champaign


This project will create a state-of-the-art training and sports medicine facility for all 19 intercollegiate sports and a competition arena for Olympic sports.

Directorship of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts: Urbana-Champaign


The pathway to sustaining and surpassing the pre-eminent position of the miracle on the prairie depends upon the quality and imagination of the Center's director, the chief advocate for critical roles in research, education and public engagement.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Building: Urbana-Champaign


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

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 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.

Facilities Building and Renovation: Urbana-Champaign


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faces critical challenges in providing the facilities and environment that optimally support the development of knowledge, creative endeavors, educational experiences and engagement with the public. Funds are needed for maintenance of existing buildings, to restore and reprogram existing campus space and also for new facilities in key areas of need.

Grainger Engineering Library Endowment Fund: Urbana-Champaign


Support is needed to maintain state-of-the-art technology systems and provide essential information through online subscription access to journals.

GSLIS Chair: Urbana-Champaign


An endowed Chair will enable GSLIS to attract, recruit and retain distinguished faculty whose research is critical to the advancement of library and information science and help to ensure its #1 national ranking.

GSLIS Faculty Research: Urbana-Champaign


Research funding is vital to maintaining our pre-eminence in digital libraries, children's literature and youth services while achieving prominence in social informatics.

GSLIS Multi-Disciplinary Programs: Urbana-Champaign


The creation of multi-disciplinary programs/projects will enable GSLIS to explore innovative ideas through research and scholarship.

GSLIS Professorship: Urbana-Champaign


In order to retain senior faculty and recruit rising academic stars, GSLIS must be able to provide endowed professorships.

GSLIS Re-Engineering of Library Education Experiment Program (LEEP): Urbana-Champaign


Funding will enable GSLIS to migrate successful on-line education program to contemporary, open-source software and continue to experiment with blending on-campus and online classes, online continuing education and collaboration with corporate partners.

GSLIS Research Centers Support: Urbana-Champaign


Research centers will enable GSLIS to build upon successful research, teaching and public engagement through coordinated and collaborative efforts.

GSLIS Research Collections Expansion: Urbana-Champaign


The interdisciplinary range of GSLIS research requires in-depth and up-to-date print and online collections.

GSLIS Scholarships/Fellowships: Urbana-Champaign


Merit- and need-based financial assistance allow GSLIS to recruit a diverse group of top-ranked students who have demonstrated academic excellence and will provide leadership in the 21st century for libraries and information science programs.

ILIR Cross-Generational Dynamics Program: Urbana-Champaign


This program will advance knowledge and address policy implications of demographic challenges in today’s workplace.

ILIR E-Learning in Labor Education Program: Urbana-Champaign


The objective of this program is to pioneer e-learning models for labor education in order to increase knowledge flow to the state's labor force.

ILIR Human Resource and Industrial Relations Professionals Curriculum: Urbana-Champaign


ILIR will combine field projects, half-semester specialty topics, applied case studies and e-learning technology to deliver the world's leading human resource/industrial relations masters degree curriculum.

ILIR Lateral Alignment Program: Urbana-Champaign


This program is designed to pioneer new models of stakeholder alignment in complex engineered systems.

ILIR Leadership in Socio-Technical Systems: Urbana-Champaign


Funds are needed to train next-generation leaders at the intersection of social and technical systems.

ILIR Leading Workplace Innovations: Urbana-Champaign


The Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations aims at revitalizing the American Dream through “high road” innovations in labor and employment relations across the state and nation.

ILIR Life-Long Learning in Human Resources Program: Urbana-Champaign


The aim of this program is to provide the opportunity for continuing education/executive education for human resources managers who are already engaged in their careers.

ILIR Next Generation Illinois Labor Leaders Initiative: Urbana-Champaign


A key objective of this initiative is to provide training and development opportunities for the state’s local and national labor leaders.

ILIR Professorships: Urbana-Champaign


In order to recruit and retain top faculty to connect doctoral education with breakthrough knowledge generation, ILIR must offer more professorships.

Improving Selection Systems for State and University Civil Service P Procedures Initiative: Urbana-Champaign


This initiative will enable student learning through the implementation and administration of civil service selection systems.

International Programs and Studies Area Studies Library Programs Support: Urbana-Champaign


Partnering with the University Library in collection development and expansion will help ensure our continued national leadership in area studies and will help leverage continued support through U.S. Department of Education.

International Programs and Studies Illinois International High School Initiative: Urbana-Champaign


The ability of the state to compete in the globalized economy will, to a large extent, depend upon a globally-educated population; support for this program ensures the direct and continued connection between the knowledge and resources of the University and the state’s talented high school students.

International Programs and Studies Program Support in International Disciplines: Urbana-Champaign


The University’s response in the classroom to rapidly changing world issues could be enhanced through non-departmental support for reconfiguring knowledge sets with an international focus and seeding new courses in disciplines across campus.

International Programs and Studies Study Abroad Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


Increased scholarship funds would increase opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, to study abroad; permit us to expand short-term programming that integrates study abroad into department curricula campus-wide; and meet the Chancellor's strategic goal of doubling study abroad participation by 2012.

Japan House Cultural Enrichment Programs: Urbana-Champaign


The College of Fine & Applied Arts reinforces its commitment to global engagement and a broad international scope by raising current-use and endowed funds for Japan House to provide long-term financial stability as well as to enhance and expand performances, exhibitions, educational programs and public outreach in accordance with its mission to promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

Krannert Art Museum Programs, Art Acquisition and Art Restoration Fund: Urbana-Champaign


An endowment fund will allow Krannert Art Museum to increase the number of exhibitions that are created and sent to major museums; purchase significant works of art to enhance the permanent collection and raise the profile of the Museum; and preserve and protect the art in the permanent collection.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Creativity Incubator: Urbana-Champaign


By moving well beyond conventional modes of assistance to artists into a new and stronger model of multi-dimensional, co-creative partnership as an academic and artistic cradle for new work, Krannert Center is responding to a crucial need for new and sustainable vibrancy and vitality in the ecology of arts and creativity.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Facilities Expansion: Urbana-Champaign


Krannert Center's premier-status physical capacity as classroom, laboratory and public square will be enhanced and extended. Reimagining, retooling and revitalizing of the Center's physical environment will grow the effectiveness and success of the academic programs-in-residence at the Center and will support critical research initiatives in the creation of new work as well as cross-campus, multi-domain collaborations and will serve as core tools for excellence in education, research and creativity.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Initiatives: Urbana-Champaign


Through a rich framework of deeply linked, cross-domain dialogues, the student experience will be opened more robustly to the ideas that surround art, including reflections upon the past and imaginings of the future. It will give students a more meaningful understanding of the relationship between art and society, enabling them to more fully achieve excellence in their career paths and leadership roles in society.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Student Enrichment Through Cultural Experiences: Urbana-Champaign


Through a richness of offerings and ease of access to those offerings, Krannert Center will blend public programming and enhancement activities to even more powerfully serve students, together with their faculty and mentors, as a gathering place for the exchange of diverse ideas, perspectives and experiences, helping to negotiate major societal divides - cultural, class-based, religious, political and generational, among others - to prepare our students for leadership in the personal, professional and civic arenas of our increasingly complex global culture.

LAS Capital Project Naming Opportunities: Urbana-Champaign


For the College to retain its prestige and rise in rankings, it must have state-of-the-art facilities: they are a source of pride and provide an environment in which learning and discovery occur at the highest levels.

LAS Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies: Urbana-Champaign


The Center will build relationships with strategic partners in Central and South America and advance research on this complex, volatile region whose development has vital implications for the welfare of the United States.

LAS Center for Drug Discovery: Urbana-Champaign


The center will place the University at the leading edge of biomedical exploration, enabling researchers to target the most dangerous and persistent diseases as well as create better ways of diagnosing and treating diseases.

LAS Center for the Study of Democratic Governance: Urbana-Champaign


Through unique research, symposia and internship programs, the center will nurture, refine and extend one of western civilization's greatest contributions to human welfare: representative government through democratic political orders.

LAS Endowed Faculty Chairs: Urbana-Champaign


An endowed chair is the highest honor the College bestows on a faculty member and is a powerful means of retaining our most accomplished faculty so that they can continue to inspire and innovate.

LAS Endowed Faculty Professorships: Urbana-Champaign


Endowed professorships enable the College to recruit young researchers who show exceptional promise, so that they will pursue their careers at Illinois and ensure the continuance of excellence.

LAS Endowed Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships: Urbana-Champaign


Graduate students are the work force behind most research programs and endowed fellowships and assistantships are a self-renewing resource that enables programs to compete in perpetuity in recruiting the brightest of these students.

LAS Endowed Merit- and Need-Based Undergraduate Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


Access to opportunity is a founding principal of public universities and scholarships ensure that the College can continue to serve the state's brightest students, regardless of their family's income.

LAS Endowed Mid-Career Faculty and Visiting Scholar Awards: Urbana-Champaign


To ensure strength within the faculty at all career levels, endowed mid-career faculty positions and visiting scholar awards are vital for rewarding and retaining faculty of proven talent at the very point in their careers when they become highly sought after by other universities; and visiting scholar awards stimulate the intellectual climate by bringing individuals to campus who challenge and stimulate new ideas.

LAS Faculty Research: Urbana-Champaign


The creation of knowledge is what propels society forward and grants provide critical support for novel or promising research that carries the highest risk as well as the greatest potential for improving quality of life and the human experience.

LAS Program for Research in the Humanities: Urbana-Champaign


By enabling greater interdisciplinary research within the humanities and with the science, the programs stands to inspire great leaps in knowledge brought about by the cross-fertilization of fields too-long deemed disparate.

LAS Program in Jewish Culture and Society: Urbana-Champaign


At a time when multicultural understanding is crucial to human welfare, this program will encourage tolerance and understanding through its own efforts on behalf of the academic study of Jewish culture and society in the spirit of free and open inquiry.

LAS Teaching Academy Programmatic Endowment, Teaching Awards, Distinguished Faculty Scholar Awards: Urbana-Champaign


Programs that reward excellence in teaching ensure that students receive an education that will inform, inspire and prepare them to be tomorrow's leaders.

LAS Term Graduate Assistantships: Urbana-Champaign


Term graduate assistantships enable programs to compete nationally for the brightest graduate students.

LAS Term Merit and Need-Based Undergraduate Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


Access to opportunity is a founding principal of public universities, and scholarships ensure that the College can continue to serve the state’s brightest students, regardless of their family’s income.

LAS Term Professorial Scholar and Visiting Scholar Awards: Urbana-Champaign


Professorial scholar designations are a vital means of rewarding faculty members for outstanding work and encouraging its furtherance by providing funds that may be used at the honoree's discretion to further his/her research. Visiting scholars are instrumental in bringing fresh perspectives to programs and often providing key expertise that may propel a research program dramatically forward.

LAS Term Undergraduate Internship and Research Sponsorships: Urbana-Champaign


Internships and research sponsorships are valuable in preparing our students for the marketplace because they enable them to directly apply what they learn in the classroom to real world situations at the same time that businesses gain access to a future workforce.

Law Building Fund: Urbana-Champaign


As the College embarks on its second century, support is being sought to rejuvenate our existing facility as well as in establishing a foundation as we plan our future in a new state-of-the-art law building.

Law Library Enhancement Fund: Urbana-Champaign


Funds are needed to provide support to enhance the quality of resources, services and research expertise in the Law Library for our students, faculty and the community. This will assist in the productive transfer of new knowledge and understanding in shaping the legal community.

Medical/Human Biology Perspective Integration in College of Medicine Undergraduate Curricula: Urbana-Champaign


This would allow for expanded advising/mentoring of undergrad students who are interested in professional education in the health professions.

Program Support for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Professional Degree: Urbana-Champaign


As one of only 28 institutions in the United States with a DVM program, the College makes a vital contribution to society by producing graduates who are well prepared for careers in companion and agricultural animal medicine, biomedical research, public health and other areas.

Program Support for Research, Centers and Faculty: Urbana-Champaign


To sustain and advance its leadership position in public higher education, the University of Illinois must position itself as a powerful point of convergence for new knowledge, innovation and strategic educational approaches. Programmatic support can help achieve this goal by allowing the University to engage with the most important intellectual leaders and prominent agenda setters from around the world. Such distinguished guests often teach short courses, offer public lectures, conduct seminars and lead colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors or areas of expertise. Programmatic support can also enable the University to create much-needed research programs and/or facilities that will unite disciplines and improve teaching and research in all of the diverse fields of learning and inquiry led by the U of I and its campuses.

School of Architecture Media & Communications Support Fund: Urbana-Champaign


A fund to support media and communications will allow the School of Architecture to produce crucial print materials to communicate with alumni and friends of program and to regularly report on outstanding faculty and student scholarship and achievements within the discipline.

School of Social Work Children and Family Research Center: Urbana-Champaign


The Center is recognized as a premier research and engagement center in child welfare by encouraging societal changes for critical needs and underserved communities.

School of Social Work Facilities for Academic Learning and Research: Urbana-Champaign


A new 21st century building will create greater collaborative opportunities enhanced by technology, on-site library information services, contemporary classroom and meeting space.

School of Social Work Fellowships and Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


Funds are needed to continue to attract excellent, diverse MSW and PhD students from Illinois, the U.S. and abroad and prepare them to be practioners who will lead non-profit agencies and educators/reserachers who will address critcal societal issues.

School of Social Work Program for Health Disparities Among Disadvantaged and Rural Communities: Urbana-Champaign


Through research and service the School will continue to develop strategies for reducing health and mental health disparities in at-risk, predominantly rural communities.

School of Social Work Strong Citizens and Leadership in Disadvantaged Communities Program: Urbana-Champaign


This initiative will involve faculty and students who seek to improve the engagement of low income persons and other disadvantaged groups in their communities through programs that build human and social capital.

Sinfonia da Camera Endowed Programmatic Fund: Urbana-Champaign


An endowed fund will allow Sinfonia da Camera to commission new works which lead to world-premiere performances, invite world-renowned guest performers and undertake special projects apart from the ensemble's standard repertoire.

Student Affairs Cultural Centers Facilities: Urbana-Champaign


Building new ethnic cultural centers will expand programs and opportunities that address the needs and support the retention and success of minority students while providing students a greater sense of belonging in the campus environment.

Student Affairs Innovative Program Fund: Urbana-Champaign


The Innovative Program Fund will provide resources to Student Affairs departments and programs for emerging priorities and initiatives that enhance the Illinois experience for students and address issues such as health and wellness, diversity, leadership and service and career development.

Student Affairs Living and Learning Communities: Urbana-Champaign


Endowing the Living and Learning Communities in University Housing will enhance the collaborative programming between Academic and Student Affairs while providing students unique and supportive academic/living environments that match their goals and ambitions.

Student Affairs Undergraduate Scholarships: Urbana-Champaign


To compete for the best students, the University of Illinois must offer undergraduate scholarships that reward academic achievement, recognize financial need and remove the financial barrier for access to an Illinois education.

Student Affairs' Student Center for Leadership, Career Development, and Civic Engagement: Urbana-Champaign


The Center will facilitate innovative and collaborative programming, research and community engagement activities that connect the academic experience with experiential learning opportunities while preparing all Illinois students for a lifetime of leadership and impact in their local, regional, national and global communities.

Student Support: Urbana-Champaign


Gifted and deserving students must have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, regardless of their financial situation. By helping to bridge the gap between a family’s income and higher education costs, scholarships and other gifts to the University allow us to keep tuition more affordable and learning opportunities more accessible. The increasing speed of technological innovations and knowledge expansion have had a significant impact on the costs incurred by universities, as they race to keep up with information technology infrastructure requirements. A continuing information explosion demands numerous new course offerings, frequent textbook updates and the latest in research resources. With increased demands for funding, student scholarships and assistantships permit the University to respond much more effectively to students’ needs for financial assistance.

Student Support: Urbana-Champaign


Gifted and deserving students must have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, regardless of their financial situation. By helping to bridge the gap between a family’s income and higher education costs, scholarships and other gifts to the University allow us to keep tuition more affordable and learning opportunities more accessible. The increasing speed of technological innovations and knowledge expansion have had a significant impact on the costs incurred by universities, as they race to keep up with information technology infrastructure requirements. A continuing information explosion demands numerous new course offerings, frequent textbook updates and the latest in research resources. With increased demands for funding, student scholarships and assistantships permit the University to respond much more effectively to students’ needs for financial assistance.

Support for Fellowships for International Students: Urbana-Champaign


Great research universities depend upon attracting the most gifted graduate students, whatever their circumstances and increased fellowship support is critical in allowing Illinois to compete for that talent.

Support for the Library, Museums and the Arts: Urbana-Champaign


Support for our local cultural assets can help build an exciting future for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The University Library, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Spurlock Museum and the Krannert Art Museum—all provide links to our community and build on the creative, scholarly and educational missions that shape the University's commitment to preserve, promote and extend the arts and culture.

Teaching and Student Program Support: Urbana-Champaign


As part of its teaching mission, the University of Illinois strives to support and encourage curricular and programmatic options and innovations designed to strengthen its educational programs and performance. This includes providing students with a superb faculty of nationally and internationally recognized experts in a broad range of fields; providing high-quality educational experiences to our students; adapting educational models to provide interdisciplinary knowledge and opportunities for cross-disciplinary education; strengthening access to essential academic services, such as access to advising and mentoring; improving the quality of instruction; emphasizing meaningful honors programs; expanding opportunities for students to engage with faculty in research and creative activities; and increasing options for study abroad participation. Students will be engaged in civic commitment and community-based learning, internship programs will be expanded and “professors of practice” added to achieve this goal.

The Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund: Urbana-Champaign


The Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund has been established to promote scholarly research and the teaching of free market capitalism, individual rights, individual responsibility, limited government, entrepreneurship and enterprise as the foundation of a productive and successful society. More information is available at http://aclg.uif.uillinois.edu/.

Uni High Faculty Support: Urbana-Champaign


Faculty support for Uni High teachers needs to be increased in order to keep the school competitive and attract and retain the best and brightest teachers for students.

Uni High Gifted Education Development Fund: Urbana-Champaign


Support is needed to enable Uni High to become a nationally recognized center for gifted adolescent studies.

Uni High Innovative Program Support: Urbana-Champaign


Program support will help enhance and expand innovative curricular programs and initiatives.

Uni High Named Department Chair: Urbana-Champaign


Funds are needed to recruit excellent faculty to University High School in order to further the excellence in the education of academically talented high school students.

University Library Collections: Urbana-Champaign


To promote academic excellence by providing access to high-quality collections through acquisitions (new collections and additions to existing holdings), preservation and digitization.

University Library Facilities: Urbana-Champaign


To provide state-of-the-art library facilities that: (1) facilitate teaching, research and learning; (2) attract faculty and other scholars; (3) better serve campus departments and units; (4) offer comfortable spaces for students to work individually or collaborate in groups; and (5) provide a proper, controlled environment for valuable library collections and materials.

University Library Faculty Support: Urbana-Champaign


To build on the Library and University’s strengths in research and innovation by recruiting and retaining high-caliber faculty via named professorships and chairs and support for enhanced learning: instructional librarians, development of learning commons, etc.

University Library Leadership Program Support: Urbana-Champaign


To train international librarians and support education through cutting-edge library technology, such as digitization of and online access to materials.

WILL Donald P. Mullally Internship Program: Urbana-Champaign


The program will offer paid professional internships for College of Communications students at WILL where they will work with news, documentary and online producers to hone their skills and gain valuable experience in the real world of public radio and television.

WILL Illinois Radio Reader Facility: Urbana-Champaign


Illinois Radio Reader service needs to replace and upgrade facilities and technologies so that local newspapers, advertisements, books and magazines, are made available to central Illinois' blind and print handicapped residents, providing equal access to materials most of us take for granted but that are vital to maintaining connections to the local community.

WILL Model for Public Media: Urbana-Champaign


WILL aspires to be the model of public media by engaging our communities and audience in media, programs and services that support a healthy democracy and culture through a combination of program acquisitions and content creation.

WILL Young Learners Initiative: Urbana-Champaign


This program harnesses the power of media to help develop the intellectual, emotional and social potential of central Illinois children through a series of community based projects - including free books, workshops, learning guides and other resources for low-income families.

WILL Youth Media Workshop: Urbana-Champaign


This program offers African-American middle school and high school students a multi-year opportunity to create their own radio, television and online programs while they explore issues of importance to themselves and their community; our vision is to build this successful local project into a model for other public broadcasting stations around the country.