University of Illinois, UIF set new fundraising records, direction

Oct 18, 2013 09:01 AM

Thomas J. Farrell, president of the University of Illinois Foundation, wants to establish a new strategic direction for the University of Illinois to not only to raise more money, but also to engage its alumni and donors in supporting the University on various levels, including serving on volunteer boards and serving as ambassadors for the University.

Seven Major Gifts to Benefit Urbana-Champaign Campus of University of Illinois

Oct 18, 2013 09:00 AM

Seven private gifts totaling more than $13 million earmarked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be announced Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, during the U of I Foundation's 78th Annual Meeting.

World Food Prize laureate Dr. Robert Fraley to donate award to support advancement of women in plant science

Oct 16, 2013 09:40 AM

World Food Prize 2013 laureate Dr. Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto's executive vice president and chief technology officer, today announced that both he and Monsanto will match his share of the World Food Prize award to establish the Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science scholarship.

College of Law receives $2 million gift to support advocacy training

Sep 16, 2013 09:38 AM

The University of Illinois College of Law has received a $2 million gift from the Jerome Mirza Foundation to create The Jerome Mirza Program in Advocacy, designed to advance advocacy training at the College.

Former Northwestern fundraiser to head development at UIC

Sep 09, 2013 09:34 AM

Senior fundraising executive Jeff Nearhoof has been named vice chancellor for development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

UIC alumnus donates $6.5M for bioengineering program

Jun 17, 2013 09:36 AM

Entrepreneur and corporate CEO Rick Hill, who grew up on the South Side, believes Chicago is ideally positioned to be a major player in biotechnology over the next decade. Chicago, he says, has the infrastructure of research universities to compete with San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

UI, State Farm Unveil Naming of State Farm Center

Apr 29, 2013 09:32 AM

The University of Illinois and State Farm® are proud to announce the naming of State Farm Center, the iconic campus building long known as the Assembly Hall, pending UI Board of Trustees approval.

$100-Million Pledge to College of Engineering at Illinois

Jan 28, 2013 09:28 AM

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise announced today that The Grainger Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, has pledged $100 million to support the College of Engineering through establishment of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative. The contribution is made in memory and honor of William W. Grainger, a 1919 Illinois graduate in Electrical Engineering, and the founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

UIF Names Ellen J. Ellison New Chief Investment Officer

Dec 20, 2012 10:00 AM

The University of Illinois Foundation named seasoned investor Ellen J. Ellison as its new chief investment officer, effective Jan. 15, 2013. Ellison has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector and was the former executive director of investments at the University of Miami.

University of Illinois to Improve Crop Yield through Photosynthesis in a New Global Effort

Dec 10, 2012 10:02 AM

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a five–year, $25-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the photosynthetic properties of key food crops, including rice and cassava.