Give a Gift

With your help, our graduates become leaders in the field who offer their talents to make a difference in the world. Your financial support assists with tuition, books, career development, professional travel, and awards—all of which makes a real difference in the student experience and in the ongoing excellence of our School.

The Annual Fund is used to support activities and programs benefiting students and faculty, especially initiatives that are new and innovative. Gifts to this unrestricted fund come from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends who wish to send a message—as well as money—in support of the education available at the School. If your company offers a matching gift program, your support can have even a bigger impact, often doubling or tripling your initial donation! 

If you want to give a gift to a fund not listed on this page, please enter the name of the iSchool gift fund in the "Other" box below. Setting up an EFT (electronic funds transfer) for the price of a cup of coffee on  a weekly or monthly basis can make a huge difference to our School. Every dollar counts!

iSchool students who have had their lives upended because of COVID-19 can receive emergency financial assistance through a new fund established at the iSchool. We are committed to helping our students who are struggling with loss of employment because of the pandemic and facing tough decisions of whether to buy groceries or pay rent. Show your support for students by making a gift to the iSchool Student Emergency Fund below. 

Highlighted funds

  • Provides emergency financial assistance for students enrolled in the iSchool.

  • Supports activities and programs benefiting students, alumni, and faculty throughout the academic year.

  • Provides scholarship assistance to students in the iSchool.

  • Provides scholarships for master's students enrolled in the LIS Leep online learning option.

  • Provides support for master's students in information management.

  • 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.

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The Katharine L. Sharp Legacy Society, named for the School's founder, recognizes alumni and friends who have included a gift for the School in their estate plans. The generosity of these individuals has made possible the continued excellence of our School. Members of the Legacy Society are also included in the Dean's Council. An estate gift can take many forms, such as a bequest made in a will or living trust, and can offer substantial financial and tax savings benefits, often complementing overall estate plans.

Dean's Council

With a history of excellence in LIS education spanning 125 years, the iSchool provides its students with the best education possible and conducts research at the forefront of the field. In order to do this, we rely on alumni and friends for financial support and guidance in decisions that influence the future of our School and the profession. Members of the Dean's Council fill both of these vital roles. Initiated to acknowledge and communicate with top-level donors, the Council is composed of donors who give $1,000 or more annually or have made a bequest of any amount to the School. This active advisory group meets twice per year with the dean and senior leadership to receive updates on School business and to provide guidance.

Your support makes a difference. With Illinois, we can change the world.

Endless opportunities for social good are possible through partnerships with the iSchool. We hope you will participate in the University's fundraising campaign by making a gift to support our School's priorities: accessible education, student experience, and faculty support. Together, we can make a positive difference in the world.

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Jill Gengler, Director of Alumni Affairs
Jill Gengler, Director of Alumni Affairs