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.

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.

In recognition of the support she received as a student, Paralympian Amanda McGrory (MS '18) presented her Order of Ikkos medal to the iSchool.

The Annual Fund is used to support activities and programs benefiting students and faculty during the academic year, especially initiatives that are new and innovative. Gifts to this 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. Making a gift, of any size, sends a message of support to the School. Every dollar counts!

Highlighted funds

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

  • This award established by Linda C. Smith provides support for student travel, which may include, but is not limited to, conferences, PhD research, and service learning projects.

  • Provide scholarship assistance to students in the iSchool.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • Provides travel support to students enrolled in the MS/LIS program at Illinois.

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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.

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.

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