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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Athletics Scholarships and Facilities: Springfield

UIS Athletics has three main principles that guide the program: win championships, engage the community and enhance the student-athlete experience. Increasing scholarship support is of paramount importance because it helps to attract outstanding student-athletes, the kind who win championships and engage the community. UIS Athletics has also launched an ambitious program of facility development and enhancement. The baseball field now has a scoreboard and infield turf. Further plans will address a softball field, the historic Kiwanis soccer stadium, and further upgrades to the baseball/softball complex.

Brookens Library: Springfield

UIS has a centralized library which serves both the on-campus and online communities. It provides crucial learning tools and instruction for today’s information-driven society. Gifts support library renovation, resources, special events and speakers, the archives and special collections.

Center for Academic Success: Springfield

You can support academic excellence at UIS through your gifts to the Center for Academic Success, which offers UIS students a “one-stop academic support shop.” It includes the Office of Advising Services—OASIS, the Intensive English Program, the Office of International Programs, the Office of Internships and Prior Learning Services, the Office of Student Learning Services—The Learning Hub, and the Office of Testing Services.

Center for Lincoln Studies: Springfield

The new Center for Lincoln Studies will be a national base for scholarship, teaching and public history about Lincoln’s life, leadership and legacy. Professors, staff and students are expected to publish scholarship, create and facilitate history and public policy projects. Additionally, the Center will foster innovative public history interpretation, host visiting scholars, and, most importantly, be an interdisciplinary learning laboratory for students.

Center for Online Learning, Research and Service: Springfield

Online education at UIS is innovative, widely honored and much emulated. In any given year, more than 95% of UIS students take at least one online class, and many students, who complete their degrees remotely do all their work online. The Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) is the UIS hub for the study and application of online learning pedagogy, technology, and best practices. The Center supports original scholarly research; builds synergies between research and online education practices; empowers UIS faculty in the delivery of online education; and builds online collaborations.

Center for State Policy and Leadership: Springfield

The Center for State Policy and Leadership promotes evidence-based policy and practice in the public sector. It does so by researching, evaluating and helping to form effective public policy, educating citizens on public affairs issues, and providing leadership and professional development programs. The Center has six units: the Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies, Office of Graduate Intern Programs, Office of Electronic Media, Survey Research Office, and NPR Illinois. Your gifts will support these important public affairs endeavors.

Child Advocacy Studies Training Program: Springfield

This innovative program combines classroom education with simulated training experiences to prepare the front-line child welfare professionals to act on behalf of at-risk children. In addition to a three-course curriculum, participants have a chance to practice encounters in a residential simulation lab with actors representing family members under investigation and a mock court room staffed by a volunteer judge and lawyers who interview the trainees about their investigation.

Faculty Research Support: Springfield

At UIS, faculty help to provide a challenging and yet engaging academic experience for students, enriched by the professors’ personal encouragement of students. Teaching is their priority, but professors at UIS also pursue scholarly research because this enriches their teaching. Your gifts on their behalf will help fund specific research programs, as well as promote program/course development and provide additional faculty fellowships.

Field Stations at Emiquon and Lake Springfield: Springfield

UIS has two field stations. The Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon supports the Emiquon Wetlands Restoration Project, the largest of its kind in the U.S. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, UIS provides and oversees education and research opportunities, as well as community outreach, K-12 and public awareness activities. The new UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield includes a 3,000-square-foot building, more than 400 feet of lakeshore and a dock system – all just a few minutes from campus. It will serve as a multipurpose educational, research and recreational facility. Your gifts will enhance these facilities.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships: Springfield

To recruit and retain the best and brightest students for research purposes, UIS needs to be able to stay competitive and offer more graduate student fellowships and assistantships.

Illinois Innocence Project: Springfield

The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) is dedicated to releasing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit. The Project advocates on behalf of this silenced population by researching and investigating claims of innocence, and providing legal representation and other assistance to prove credible claims of actual innocence. Since 2003, IIP has played a significant role in the exoneration of 11 innocent people. Project staff also teach classes at the University and make presentations throughout the state to raise awareness of innocence issues. Staff also meet with representatives of local, state and national government to assist with legislation that improves the justice system. Your gift will support this work, important for all of us.

Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series: Springfield

Each year, UIS’ Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series (sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership) brings nationally renowned scholars to Springfield to present lectures on public policy issues that are of contemporary interest and that also engaged Abraham Lincoln and the citizens of his era. Speakers focus on the topic's modern form as well as how Lincoln addressed it. Support for lectures, conferences, seminars and workshops is needed.

Necessary Steps Mentoring Program: Springfield

This program is a Living Learning Community at UIS that helps first-generation students meet the challenges and demands of college life. First-generation students have parents or guardians who have not graduated from a four-year college or institution. Each freshman in the program is paired with an experienced Necessary Steps student who acts as a mentor, friend, and confidant as the students becomes acquainted with life at UIS. The results of this approach have been dramatically successful. Your gifts to this program will help to make a liberating difference in students’ lives—and the lives of their families and communities.

NPR Illinois: Springfield

NPR Illinois’s mission is to Explain Illinois. To do so, NPR Illinois delivers in-depth multimedia news reports, expert analysis on statewide issues, plus informative engagement events — all upholding the philosophy and integrity of public journalism. Programs and storytelling reflect the quality of life across Illinois in context with the nation and the world and explore how residents may improve it.

Scholarships: Springfield

Scholarships are the greatest need UIS students have. For many, their access to higher education depends on it. Today more than ever, students need scholarships to afford college without having to take out crippling loans or work so many hours they miss out on some of the benefit of college. To support scholarships at UIS, you can make an unrestricted gift to the UIS Scholarship Fund or create a named scholarship of your own, designating it for your choice of special criteria. Contact for more information.

Student Union: Springfield

The new UIS Student Union brings students together for activities and opportunities that build a closer, more familiar student body. Here, students gain a sense of belonging and become more deeply engaged in the campus community. As a result, the new Student Union is creating a fundamental change in student life on campus and both energizing recruiting and strengthening retention. The Student Union houses the Student Leadership Center, food services and a Starbucks, as well as a large space for conferences, events, and gatherings, and offices for student government and organizations. Your gifts to the Student Union will be much appreciated.

Undergraduate Research: Springfield

By engaging in a project of original scholarship, research or creativity, students apply classroom knowledge to real world situations and develop critical thinking and communication skills, necessary for them to be engaged citizens and have successful careers in the 21st century. At UIS, faculty work closely with students on these projects, fulfilling the promise of “faculty who know you,” giving students confidence and often helping them to continue their education through to graduation. Your gift to undergraduate research will contribute to the academic excellence students find at UIS.

Unrestricted Funds: Springfield

When you make an unrestricted gift, you are giving without any limitations or expectations on how the gift will be used. An unrestricted gift allows the University to act with maximum operational and intellectual flexibility, making it one of the most powerful the University receives. Please consider making all or a portion of your gift unrestricted to help the University meet unexpected needs and opportunities as they arise. You may allocate your unrestricted gift to the UIS Fund, or to a specific college, department or unit that you’d like to support.

Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center: Springfield

The Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center provides the students, faculty, and staff at University of Illinois Springfield with opportunities to learn and lead by serving in the community. The Center wants to make service a part of the experience for every UIS community member and, by doing so, develop a commitment to civic and social responsibilities within individual students, faculty and staff as well as UIS as a whole. Your gift will support these endeavors.