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Gies College of Business

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

When Gies Business launched its $300 million campaign with a transformational $150 million naming gift from Larry and Beth Gies, the College outlined its priorities of creating life-changing access, delivering the most innovative business curriculum and programming, and fostering faculty excellence.

Your generous support has allowed us to dramatically increase scholarship support and address immediate financial challenges faced by students during the pandemic, expand our innovative offerings, attract and retain the best faculty in the world, and work to build a culture of belonging and inclusion for everyone at Gies.

As we build momentum for the future, Gies Business is grateful for the alumni and friends who remain committed to our vision to lead the world in innovation and life-changing access to business education.

On behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, please accept my appreciation for your investment in Gies College of Business.

Jeff Brown
SignatureJeffrey R. Brown
Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor in Business and Dean

With Illinois Impact

As we mark the end of the With Illinois Campaign, Gies College of Business has been transformed by donor support.

Alma310461889 Dollars Raised

Donors9731 Campaign Donors

Gifts27430 Campaign Gifts

Puzzle Piece14621 Gifts of $100 and Under

Puzzle Piece212 New Funds Supporting Scholarships, Fellowships, and Faculty Positions

EarthDonors from 48 States and 26 Countries

With Illinois Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

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College of Business Receives $150 Million Naming Gift

When Larry and Beth Gies announced their $150 million naming gift for Gies College of Business, it transformed the culture, magnified the sense of pride, and completely altered the trajectory for the 100+ year old business school. Their intent was to create an immediate and lasting impact for current and future students of the College through their investment.

“This investment is, and always will be about the students here and what we can become together-the greatest business school on earth, where purposeful leaders get the tools to pursue their passion to make the world a better place. I’m truly excited for our students and the future of our College,” said Larry Gies.Read more.

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Emergency Scholarships Raised in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of our students. Many have faced difficult decisions about continuing their education. Because of the Gies community’s generosity, the College provided more emergency scholarships than ever before. This helped ensure students were able to continue their education uninterrupted while facing a personal financial crisis.

“This scholarship allowed me to finish my senior year after the loss of both my part-time jobs because of COVID-19. I don’t know what I would have done without the support,” said Sydney Zupan, Business Administration ’20.

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Anonymous Gifts Provide Research Funding for Gies Faculty

Gies Business received two generous seven figure gifts from an anonymous donor at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2022. The gifts provided an unprecedented level of incremental research funding to support the research efforts of Gies faculty as well as support for student scholarships and funds for Gies faculty and staff.

“With this generous support of our scientific mission, Gies faculty members were able to step back and think not only in terms of their next study, but also in terms of their entire research programs,” said Mark Peecher, Deloitte Professor of Accountancy and Associate Dean of Faculty.

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Gies Democratizes Education Through Expanded Online Offerings

Gies Business has continued its commitment to breaking down barriers to business education by growing its online academic offerings through three fully online graduate degree programs– an MBA, a master’s in accounting, and a master’s in management that was launched in the early days of COVID. In Spring 2022, the College furthered its commitment by launching a pair of fully online, credit-bearing graduate certificates, the first ever offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

“This enables us to serve a new population of learners we might have otherwise never reached–and it’s also a great opportunity for our alumni to stay connected with us for their upskilling and reskilling needs,” said Jeffrey R. Brown, Dean of Gies College of Business. Read more.

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Gies Launches Disruption Lab to Drive Innovation

In an effort to prepare students and corporate partners to succeed in a business world being rapidly reshaped by unprecedented technological innovation and social pressures, Gies Business launched the Disruption Lab with Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) as a founding corporate member. The Disruption Lab is a collaborative, cross-campus project aimed at providing extracurricular learning opportunities for students, creating new entrepreneurial opportunities that connect existing campus resources in new ways, and building and strengthening relationships between the College and its corporate partners.

“We believe the Disruption Lab can be an extremely valuable resource for our students and our business partners,” said Robert Brunner, Associate Dean for Innovation and Chief Disruption Officer at Gies College of Business. Read more.

With Illinois Moments

Take a look at a few of the moments that have shaped the culture and character of Gies College of Business during the With Illinois Campaign.

Dr. Denise Lewin Loyd

Dr. Denise Lewin Loyd, associate professor of business administration, was named the first associate dean for equity at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business in August 2020. Read more.

Gies College of Business annual Signing Day event

Gies students declare their major at the College’s annual Signing Day event. In 2018, Josh Whitman (FIN ’01), Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois and Gies Business alum, joined the festivities.

Dean Jeffrey R. Brown with students

Gies College of Business Dean Jeffrey R. Brown was named the 2021 Dean of the Year by Poets & Quants in December 2021. Read more.

ies Giving Day

The College commemorated the anniversary of the naming on “Gies Giving Day.” Each year, students, faculty, staff, and alumni were encouraged to support a designated cause. Read more.

Continue Your Support

Your continued support ensures Gies College of Business remains a place where progress and innovation can flourish. Find your passion and help us dream even bigger!

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Philanthropy has benefited students, faculty, and staff in many ways. Browse the list below to learn more about how the With Illinois Campaign’s impact can be felt across campus.