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To make a gift to the School of Information Sciences right now, simply select the funds you wish to contribute to, scroll down, and click the "Make your gift" button below. You will be redirected to the University of Illinois Foundation's secure Online Giving Site for your personal and credit card information. Please note that other methods of giving are also available; see details below.

Click on the categories to the left below for a list of funds available in each of the areas:

iSchool Annual Support

Provides unrestricted support to the School.

The Molly Anne Dolan Travel Award provides travel support for master's students in library and information science.

The iSchool Annual Fund supports activities and programs benefiting students, alumni, and faculty throughout the academic year.

This fund is used to support the School.

Research Center Funding

Provides unrestricted support to the director of the CCB, gifts will be matched 1:1 by Lionelle Elsesser (MS ’67) and James Elsesser.

Supports outreach activities for the Center for Children’s Books and the Gryphon Award for children’s literature.

Faculty Support

This fund will eventually support an endowed chair at the iSchool.  Until that time and as money is contributed, it will provide for the naming of one Centennial Scholar per academic year from among the faculty, or from distinguished scholars who may be encouraged to join this faculty on a visiting basis.  When the fund reaches $1M it will be used to endow a professorship at the iSchool.  This award is designed to build on distinction, and to assist scholars to complete work that will make a difference in the library and information science field.

To support studies and/or experimentation which could advance the effectiveness of library service or of education for librarianship at the iSchool.

Support for iSchool faculty meetings and gatherings that encourage faculty development and collaboration.

Support for a distinguished senior faculty member at the iSchool.

Awards to support and encourage faculty members at the assistant and associate ranks, especially those working towards tenure, and to advanced doctoral students to support research.

Lectures and Special Funding

Used for digital inclusion initiatives at the School for operations, supplies, travel, or student support.

Financial support for products and equipment utilized in service learning classes, which may be donated to the community organization(s) with which students work.

Provides support for costs associated with holding the corporate roundtable four times per year at the School.

Support for student travel which may include, but is not limited to, presentations, conferences, alternate spring break, PhD research, and service learning projects. Donations to this fund are matched 1:1 by the donor, Linda Smith.

This fund supports the purchase of new Library and Information Science materials by the Library at Illinois.

Supports two lectures annually in the field of librarianship and its related subjects, by a well-known librarian or bibliographer.

Used to support students interested in working in special libraries, such as libraries that are part of a business or organization or to promote special librarianship to students, vendors, academic researchers, and practitioners/librarians through programs like Alternative Spring Break and Internships.

In honor of former adjunct lecturer Taylor Willingham (1957-2011), this fund supports lectures that focus on change management as follows: change can be developed to benefit the community; managing change can give the community a means of control over some unforeseen events; and change management can be organic to the organization and community. Donations to this fund are matched 1:1 by the donors, Susan Kumar (MS ’05) and Parameswaran Kumar.

Used to defray maintenance costs of the William T and Kathryn Luther Henderson Conference Room and/or may be used to support teaching in the following areas: preservation of materials and technical service functions of libraries, archives, information centers, and museums.

Student Fellowships

Provides support for graduate fellowships.

Provides support for lectures, scholarships, fellowships at the iSchool, and other expenditures determined by the Executive Committee of the Faculty.

Provides support to graduate students who have demonstrated financial need.

Support for graduate fellowships at the iSchool.

Provides fellowships for students, preference to students who are residents of Quincy, Illinois.

Provides scholarships and fellowships for students.

Provides assistance for students working in the areas of preservation and technical services.

Student Awards

Given annually to a student who shows outstanding promise in the field of literature and library services for youth.

Contributions will be used to fund:

Anne Boyd Award
Awarded to the student considered in the judgment of the faculty to be the outstanding graduate of the year.

Kathryn Luther and William T Henderson Awards
Given to students who have a demonstrated record of service to the community (home, campus, fellow students, etc.) through professional activities.

Presented at convocation to a student who demonstrates excellence in the field of reference services.

Given to a graduate student in library science who demonstrates an especially strong background and interest in science librarianship.

Given annually to a student in the iSchool who demonstrates strong intellectual curiosity and interests both in the classroom and outside it.   This fund also supports the Joseph Rediger Librarian Award, given to a student who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exhibits the characteristics of a humanist, broadly defined.

Recognizes an outstanding student showing excellence and interest in entering the area of health sciences librarianship.

Given to a student who has shown a special interest in providing or enhancing library and information services to groups whose needs fall outside the parameters of traditional services.


Provides scholarships to students who wish to pursue a career in public librarianship.

Support for a second year master’s student.

Supports graduate students.

Used to subsidize master's students attending educational programs and professional events devoted to the history of the graphic and artifactual evidence of books.

Awarded to a female graduate student with financial need.

Provides scholarship support for students in their final year of work leading to a Library Science degree, who are residents of the State of Illinois, preferably those from Highland or Madison County.

Awarded to a master’s student in the iSchool; priority is given to an individual who works in a support position in a library.

The Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster Scholarship Fund supports students in the MS in Information Management (MS/IM) program. The fund is in honor of Professor Emeritus F. W. "Wilf" Lancaster, teacher, scholar, and leader in the field of library and information science. Read more.

Preference is given to students from underrepresented demographic groups.  To apply for this scholarship, please submit an application through the Student Funding system ( and indicate your interest in the G. Edward Evans scholarship.

General scholarship fund of the iSchool and the augmentation of resource materials in the Illinois Library System for teaching and research related to developing nations, especially those in Asia and in the Pacific Basin.

Provides support for an outreach student in the Center for Children’s Books (CCB).

Provides scholarships for MS/LIS students enrolled in the Leep online learning option at the iSchool.

Supports scholarships for students.

Supports graduate students enrolled in the iSchool who express commitment to promoting and enhancing international communications and understanding.

Supports scholarships and fellowships within the iSchool.

Support for a master’s degree candidate with the greatest professional promise.

Awarded during summer sessions only to a new student of outstanding promise in the master’s degree program.

Used to provide scholarships to students who are interested in becoming health science librarians or have an interest in science.

Provides scholarships to graduate students pursuing a degree in library science at the iSchool.

Provides scholarships to graduate students working in the Center for Children’s Books and students who are specializing in youth services.

Supports master’s students enrolled in the iSchool. To the extent allowed by law, preference shall be given to students who are United States citizens.

Provide scholarship assistance to students in the iSchool.

Provides scholarships to graduate students.

Scholarships to graduate students who are enrolled in the K-12 Library Information Specialist Certification Program.

To advance leadership in the field of library and information science in China. Recipients have demonstrated a commitment to work in the field of library and information science in China.

Provides scholarships to Chinese graduate students enrolled in the iSchool.

Emergency Support for Students

Provides emergency financial assistance for students enrolled in the iSchool.

Provides temporary support to students and support for special student activities.

Doctoral Student Support

Support for doctoral students at the iSchool.

Provides support for doctoral students including, but not limited to, travel, equipment, and tuition. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Supports doctoral students.

iSchool Alumni Association

Provides support for iSchool Alumni Association activities.

Ways to give

There are a number of ways to give to the School of Information Sciences. These include short-term and long-term options.  We are happy to work with you to determine which option best fits your needs.

Please click on the links below to explore the variety of current and planned gifts available to you. 

Thank you for supporting the iSchool!

Current Gifts

Current gifts are those that are given outright and can be used immediately by the School. These gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes, subject to the limitations placed on charitable gifts by the Internal Revenue Service.

Give with Cash

A gift of cash is a convenient way to give to the School. Simply make your check payable to The University of Illinois Foundation. Make sure to designate the specific fund you would like to receive your gift. Please note the General Fund is an option. You may indicate this in a note or on the memo line of your check.

Give Online

Credit-card based, online gift processing saves times, reduces paperwork and eliminates postage. It's a safe and cost-effective way for you to give.

Give by Mail

If you prefer to use the mail, please send a check or money order, made payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. If you choose to mail your gift, the date of the gift is the postmark date. Send your donation to:

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

Electronic Funds Transfer

Electronic Funds Transfer is a quick and convenient way to give directly from your bank. Simply fill out the EFT Authorization Form. EFT has been used for years by nonprofit organizations. It allows you to designate the amount of money you want, either in one sum or over time in installments.

Matching Gifts

In many cases, companies will double or triple your generous gift. Find out if your company will match your gift by checking our Matching Gift Corporate List.

Eligible donors for a corporate matching gift may include retired employees, spouses of employees, or widows and widowers of former employees depending on the corporation's giving policy.

Planned Gifts

Planned, or deferred, gifts are the result of careful consideration that integrates a donor's charitable gift into his or her overall financial, tax and estate planning objectives. Planned gifts typically come from a donor's assets rather than income and can be outright gifts, deferred gifts or a combination of the two. For more detailed information on planned gifts, please consult the University of Illinois Foundation.

To recognize alumni and friends who have included a gift for the School in their estate plans, we have established the Legacy Society. If you have included the School in your estate plans or would like information on this opportunity, contact us at ischool-advancement [at] or (217) 333-3280.

Bequest in a Will or Living Trust

The most common form of planned giving, a bequest, is a gift that is made through a will or living trust. University Departments are often named the beneficiary in the wills and living trusts of University alumni and friends. Bequests may be stated as a percentage of the estate, as the residual of the estate or for a specific dollar amount. Since a will can be changed, no income tax benefits are associated with a bequest; however, the donor's estate is reduced by the amount of the bequest for estate tax purposes.

The following boilerplate language can be used in your will:

"I bequeath to the University of Illinois Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation located in Urbana, Illinois a gift of $XXXX, to be used for the benefit of the School of Information Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."

If you wish to add such a bequest to your will, please contact ischool-advancement [at] or (217) 333-3280 so that we can add you to the membership roll of the Legacy Society, a group established to recognize alumni and friends who have included a gift for the School in their estate plans.

Retirement Accounts

A donor can name the School the beneficiary of a retirement account and still have the value be completely tax-deductible. Income taxes on the assets are also avoided since the Foundation is a tax-exempt entity.

Life Insurance

There are three ways to donate with life insurance: a donor can contribute a "paid up" policy to the School and receive an income tax deduction equal to the policy's cash/replacement value; a donor can name the School as primary beneficiary of the policy, saving estate taxes but voiding the income tax deduction; or a donor can name the School as owner and beneficiary of a new policy and receive an income tax deduction for the amount of the premiums paid.

Charitable Lead Trusts

A charitable lead trust allows the School to receive the income from the donor's assets for a specified period of time, after which the asset is transferred back to the donor or to the donor's heirs. A lead trust can reduce gift and estate taxes or provide a charitable deduction for the donor.