Giving Opportunities

Leave your mark on our legacy.

Your support ensures that we remain a leader in engineering education, discovery, innovation, and sustained excellence. Together, we can continue to build on our history of distinction. Just as we've done for the last 150 years.

Recurring Gifts

Annual Giving

One of the best ways to support us is through an annual gift. Your gift, regardless of size, makes a difference for our students by nurturing achievement, fostering excellence, and training the next generation of science and engineering leaders. Our history of engineering excellence continues today largely because of the loyal and consistent support ofour alumni.

With your ongoing annual support, we can continue to serve the needs of our students and maintain our position as a global leader in engineering and research.

Your gift can be may be made to a specific department or outreach program. These funds are used to address the critical priorities of the unit, such as student scholarships and fellowships, critical upgrades in technology, instructional resources, and facilities. Gifts can also be made to special initiatives in the College, a department, or another engineering program to meet specific needs.

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Planned Gifts

Establish Your Legacy

Our continued excellence depends on the generosity of our dedicated alumni and friends. As you reflect on your own legacy, consider the long-term impact you can have on the College of Engineering through a planned gift. Planned gifts can help you take care of yourself and your loved ones while also meeting your philanthropic goals. By making a planned gift to the college, your commitment is far more meaningful than you ever thought possible.

Gifts by Will

Through various types of bequests for the College of Engineering, you may secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of the gift. Best of all, you will know that your generosity will support the college for years to come.

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Gifts that Pay You Income

Do you want to support Illinois Engineering but worry about having enough income for yourself and your loved ones? Life-income gifts, such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, can provide donors with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of supplying the College of Engineering with vital long-term resources.

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Charitable Lead Trust

Transferring property to Illinois Engineering and individuals you wish to benefit is not always an either/or proposition. With careful planning, you may be able to arrange your transfers to accomplish more than one objective. For example, if you have assets that are appreciating, children who may want to start a business in the future, and a desire to assist the college, you may wish to consider creating a charitable lead trust.

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Gifts from Retirement Plans

You may consider using retirement-plan benefits to make a significant gift that will support the College of Engineering. Because of the estate- and income-tax treatment of retirement-plan benefits, the cost of your gift to your estate and heirs is often relatively small.

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Gifts of Assets

The simplest way to support Illinois Engineering is through cash gifts. But creative gifts of assets can include stocks, bonds, and property (real estate and personal property such as artwork). These cannot only provide you with charitable deductions, but can also offer additional tax savings.

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Matched Gifts

Make an Exponential Impact!

There has never been a better opportunity to support the future of Illinois Engineering. Thanks to a generous gift matching offer presented by The Grainger Foundation, we now have the ability to match any gift you make to the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative (up to $25 million). With an employer matching contribution, your gift will make an exponential impact on our ability to support the next generation of Illini engineers.

Matching Gifts

Company Matching Gifts

Your gift to Illinois Engineering may be double, tripled, or possibly quadrupled through your company's matching gift program! Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or their spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name in the database on the University of Illinois Foundation's website.

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The Grainger Matching Challenge

Now through the end of 2019, The Grainger Foundation will match all donations up to $25 million to Illinois Engineering scholarship endowments. Student support is critical to our success, and the opportunity to improve the quality, diversity, and global influence of our undergraduate students has never been greater.

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Ways to Give

Cash or Wire Transfer

For information on how to cash transfer by wire, call the University of Illinois Foundation at (217) 333-0810 or email uif@uif.uillinois.edu.

Credit Card

Make your gift online through our secure giving page. You may also contact us directly to answer any questions by emailing engineering-alumni@illinois.edu or call the Office of Advancement at (217) 244-2364.

Electronic Funds Transfer

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is a secure way to deliver your gifts directly and automatically from your bank to the University of Illinois Foundation. As with online giving, EFT donations allow us to minimize administrative expenses.

When you make an EFT gift, your bank disburses the funds automatically according to your instructions until you decide to stop. You may extend your contribution into installments over the entire year.

To make your gifts via EFT, simply download, complete and return the EFT Authorization Form to the University of Illinois Foundation.

You may fax the form to (217) 333-5577 or mail to:

University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386

Mail

Please make gifts by check or money order payable to the "University of Illinois Foundation."

Please also include a short note (or memo on your check) stating the purpose or designation of your gift.

Mail to:
University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, IL 61801

For the security of your gift, please do not send cash.

Payroll Deductions

Payroll deduction is an easy way for University employees to make gifts directly and automatically from a paycheck. As with online giving and EFT, payroll deduction donations allow us to minimize administrative expenses.

When you make a payroll deduction gift, you may instruct the University to withhold a minimum contribution of $5 per month for a period of time (no less than 3 installments) or until you instruct us to discontinue the withholding.

To make your gifts via payroll deduction, simply download, complete and return the Payroll Deduction Authorization Form to the University of Illinois Foundation.

You may either fax the form to (217) 333-5577 or mail to:
University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, IL 61801

Tax Benefits

Your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits. Your state may also allow a credit or deduction.

The University of Illinois Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation separate from the University of Illinois and is a 501(c)(3) organization.

A copy of the University of Illinois Foundation's current financial statement is available online or can be requested by calling the Foundation at (217) 333-0675.

Your investment will change lives. Please join us in supporting the next generation of Illini engineers.

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