Annual Giving

Give with immediate impact

Annual gifts are a type of current funding that provides an important source of operational revenue. They are usually used in the year they are received and can support day-to-day needs, making an immediate impact on the lives of students and faculty. Growing annual giving is a top priority for the University.


Student Callers

Our student callers are key to the University of Illinois’ ongoing development activities. The Annual Giving Department employs approximately 100 student callers every semester.

Talking to alumni and friends across the nation gives our students the chance to develop skills in public relations, marketing and customer relations.

Our student callers can update you on University life and current issues on the campuses, as well as important priorities for the University. Best of all, they’re here to let you know how much we appreciate your contributions to the University of Illinois.


Chancellor’s Circle

Established in 2006, the Chancellor’s Circle giving society reinforces the important role of annual giving in our University’s ongoing strength and success. By honoring donors who give $2,500 or more in a single fiscal year (July 1–June 30), the Chancellor’s Circle encourages leadership-level annual support.

Based on household cumulative giving across all departments, programs, colleges, and campuses, the Chancellor’s Circle recognizes the University’s most generous annual supporters at the following levels:

  • :: Platinum $25,000 or more
  • :: Gold $10,000-$24,999
  • :: Silver $5,000-$9,999
  • :: Bronze $2,500-$4,999

Make an annual gift

You may make an annual gift at any time to the University of Illinois Foundation by responding to a mail appeal, a phone call, an email request, or by clicking here to make a contribution online. You may also call 800-670-7915 or contact the development office of the college or unit you’d like to support.