In October 2017 the University of Illinois System officially launched a comprehensive fundraising initiative with an ambitious $3.1 billion goal. Now, less than a year and a half into the public campaigns, the U of I System has surpassed the $2 billion mark—or 64.8%—in funds raised toward this goal.  

More than 192,000 donors have already contributed to the success of this fundraising initiative that is built on unique and individual campaigns for each of the U of I System’s universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield.

Christy Devocelle - 2019 Athena Award Winner

The foundation’s very own senior vice president and chief financial officer, Christy Devocelle, was named the 2019 Athena Award Winner by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce. Her service to charitable organizations and commitment to developing future leaders made her this year’s candidate of choice. Congratulations, Christy!

University of Illinois System, U of I Foundation achieve record fundraising success in FY2018

Urbana, Ill.— The University of Illinois System and the University of Illinois Foundation today announced record fundraising for fiscal year 2018 with $498.5 million in new business, comprised of new gifts, grants, pledges and deferred commitments.

U of I System enrollment grows to nearly 85,600

Total enrollment increased to nearly 85,600 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, up 2.7 percent and rising to a record high for the sixth straight year.

University of Illinois Foundation UK Limited Fully Operational in the United Kingdom

The University of Illinois Foundation UK Limited, established in 2016, is now fully operational and has launched their website at The UIUK Foundation was set up by the University of Illinois Foundation to allow University of Illinois alumni and friends living in the United Kingdom and Europe to efficiently support higher education and to maximize the value of their charitable support through tax incentives available in the UK other European countries.

CASE Reuss Internships: Introducing the best and brightest to advancement

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to introduce two young women, Nicole Evans and Mary Kate Hansen, to Grace Reuss, the widow of late UIF Director Bob Reuss over a stewardship visit. Nicole and Mary Kate have spent much of the summer with us at Harker Hall in an internship specifically designed to introduce them to the field of advancement and not-for-profit management.

Ghosh named vice president, CFO for U of I System

Veteran administrator filled role in interim capacity since September

URBANA, Ill. – Avijit Ghosh, a former business school dean who has served in senior leadership positions across the University of Illinois System for nearly two decades, has been named the system’s permanent vice president and chief financial officer, President Tim Killeen announced today.

U of I System launches 'Altogether Extraordinary' marketing campaign

Effort aims to highlight statewide impact and collective value

URBANA, Ill. – The University of Illinois System is launching an unprecedented statewide marketing campaign to increase public awareness and support of the three-university system’s far-reaching impact and collective value.

The multimedia marketing initiative is themed “Altogether Extraordinary” and showcases the U of I System’s state, national and global impact through the combined contributions of its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

University of Illinois Launches Campaigns with Ambitious $3.1 Billion Goal

The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest—and most ambitious—comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty, academic, and research programs and facilities.

College of Business Receives $150 Million Naming Gift

The College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be known as the Gies College of Business after an unprecedented investment from a distinguished alumnus. The gift, announced today, will accelerate progress towards being recognized as the best and most innovative business school in the nation.