Designated Gifts

Give to the fund of your choice

Funds given by a donor for a specific purpose or to support a particular department are called designated funds.

The best way to make a designated donation is to discuss your wishes with a development staff member. He or she can help you draft a request letter for a more efficient, effective gift process. Email us or call 217-333-0810 to discuss your wishes.

Examples of designated funds include:

  • Scholarships
  • Athletic or fine art programs
  • Building or renovation projects

How designated funds get used

The University of Illinois Foundation deposits 100% of each designated gift into one of over 2,800 accounts established by campus chancellors, deans, department chairs or program heads.

Gift money is actually spent by the University of Illinois administrator, faculty or staff member in charge of the account(s). Upon that person’s request, the University of Illinois Foundation writes the necessary check.