Giving Opportunities

Illinois Commitment Scholarship Fund

The economic effects of COVID-19 and recent circumstances related to racial inequities continue to shake our communities, and many of our Illinois families will be deeply impacted in the years to come. Part of our land grant mission is to provide Illinois residents with affordable access to our world-class university. Through the Illinois Commitment program, we will cover tuition and fees, for up to four years, for all qualified in-state students. To learn more about the program and eligibility criteria, please visit admissions.illinois.edu/commitment.

Gift Amount: $

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Support Fund

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Support Fund is being established as part of the Chancellor’s Call to Action initiative. Led by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Call to Action initiative will lay out a framework for how we take concrete steps forward to dismantle systemic racism and injustice that are both measurable and accountable. This fund will provide unrestricted support to OVCDEI in order to fund efforts determined as critical in moving the Call to Action initiative forward. Such initiatives may include: student support, research and programming.

Gift Amount: $

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Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some very challenging circumstances for Illinois students. We invite you to make a gift to the Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund, created to assist with students’ most critical needs, including tuition assistance, housing, and food this academic year. Your gift helps us to ensure that those who need it most have the resources they need to continue their education. For up-to-date information about the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.

Gift Amount: $

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SHIELD Illinois Fund

Your gift of $300 in support of SHIELD Target, Test and Tell provides a semester’s worth of testing for one member of our Illinois family. The SHIELD initiative is a new, cutting-edge program pioneered by Illinois researchers to create frequent, inexpensive, and rapid testing, privacy-centered exposure notifications, and test result communications in coordination with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department to limit the spread of COVID-19. The name, SHIELD, reflects our commitment to shield the campus community from COVID-19. Our saliva-based test and SHIELD platform has now been the subject of national media coverage, and has received consistent accolades for its accuracy, ease of use, low cost, and its support through cutting edge modelling and epidemiology as well as timely communication of exposure risks. Gifts to the SHIELD Fund help keep Illinois students, faculty, staff, and community members safe through SHIELD’s comprehensive platform, including saliva testing that is easy to administer, scalable, and sensitive, with quicker results and more economical than current alternatives such as nasal swabs. Students and faculty/staff who are on-campus are required to be tested up to twice per week to ensure the safest environment possible.

Gift Amount: $

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Chancellor’s Fund

As the circumstances of COVID-19 continue to evolve, your gift to the Chancellor’s Fund will provide University leadership flexible funding that can easily be directed to where resources are needed most. Examples where these funds may have a critical impact include:

  • Faculty and student costs related to remote learning.
  • Student fees forgiveness
  • Emergency Scholarship Funds
  • Counseling Services
  • Other unforeseen challenges.

Gift Amount: $

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Emergency Dean Fund

During COVID-19 and previous challenging circumstances, the Emergency Dean Fund has been there to help when Illinois students face unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses. The Emergency Dean Fund was created in 2009 to provide immediate assistance for unanticipated hardships resulting from emergencies or crisis situations. Examples of ways in which the Emergency Dean Fund may be used to help students in their time of need include:

  • Travel, lodging, and meal accommodations for students displaced due to a crisis situation, and, in some cases, their families.

Gift Amount: $

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Health Sciences Priority Fund

Contributions to this fund will be put to immediate use in support of the most urgent projects and COVID19 initiatives pertaining to Health Sciences across all UIUC colleges, units and institutes, such as:

  • Discovery, development, and translation of rapid, scalable solutions to address national and global shortages in COVID-19 testing mechanisms, PPE, therapeutics, and medical devices such as ventilators
  • Resource generation and process improvement to address the efficacy and accessibility of quality healthcare in a time of crisis, as well as the safety of front-line healthcare personnel
  • Research using big data, AI, and other emergent technologies to address prevention, treatment and recovery efforts (including those that address supply chain, mental health, environmental, and adjacent crises) for COVID-19 as well as future global health crises
  • Research and programming to alleviate the disparities in healthcare, food and shelter security, and income inequality suffered by traditionally under-represented and vulnerable populations and those most directly impacted by disasters such as COVID-19

Gift Amount: $

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Carle Illinois College of Medicine [Innovation] Fund

Your support of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine Innovation Fund is uniquely poised to support:

  • Design and production of personal protection equipment (PPE’s) for our local healthcare providers
  • Student training for medical research and innovation
  • Support collaborative efforts to develop new and faster testing for Covid-19, interventions, and therapeutic development
  • Support our unique ecosystem that provides an intersection between medicine, engineering, biology, and data science – critical to modeling the pandemic to guide decisions and decision making to set and implement policy , including to enable contact tracing while maintaining patient privacy
  • Support innovative development of healthcare alternatives, such as telemedicine, to facilitate greater accessibility and reach, and help to define the future of medicine

Gift Amount: $

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Illinois International Annual Fund

COVID-19 is truly a global pandemic and as a result, the breadth of challenges, especially for many of our international students, are as diverse as our student body. Some of our international students can’t return home, complete internships or find employment during this crisis. Your unrestricted gift to the Illinois International Annual Fund will provide these students the critical resources necessary to continue their education by addressing a number of needs including:

  • Emergency scholarship
  • Housing
  • Health and counseling expenses
  • Other unexpected student emergencies

Gift Amount: $

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Illinois Student Food Pantry Fund

The Illinois Student Food Pantry Fund helps ensure that the entire Illinois student community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. Located in the ARC Instructional Kitchen, the Food Pantry is staffed by student volunteers from Food Science Human Nutrition working closely with faculty to provide educational resources to pantry shoppers while developing their own community building skills. Rather than paying retail prices, our network of food banks works with major manufacturers, retailers, and farmers to secure healthy food. This means that when you donate a dollar, you’re able to put more meals on the tables of students than if you donated food you’d purchased at the store.

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Select Annual Funds

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If you would like to make a gift to a fund not listed above please browse our giving page.