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!

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

Through the dedication and generosity of our alumni, friends, and research partners, the iSchool was able to exceed our $20 million goal in the University's With Illinois campaign. These funds will be used to make education more accessible, enrich the student experience, and provide faculty resources. We are extremely grateful to everyone who made a gift in support of the campaign.

Highlighted funds

  • Supports students through scholarships, annual student awards, new technology, and conference travel.

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

  • Provides scholarship assistance to students in the iSchool.

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

  • 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: presentation of materials and technical service functions of libraries, archives, information centers and museums.

  • The first endowed professorship for our School in preservation and technical services.

  • Provides scholarships for students in library and information science.

  • Provides scholarship assistance to students with financial need.

  • 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.

  • Please indicate where to direct donation:


If you prefer to give by mail, please send a check or money order, made payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. On the memo line of your check, designate the specific fund you would like to receive your gift. Please note the iSchool Annual Fund is an option. If you choose to mail your gift, the date of the gift is the postmark date.

Send your donation to:
University of Illinois Foundation
P.O. Box 734500
Chicago, IL 60673-4500

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.

Katharine L. Sharp Legacy Society

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.

For information about giving, contact

Eileen Prillaman
Eileen Prillaman, Assistant Dean for Advancement

For corporate and foundation gifts, contact

Danielle Wilberg
Danielle Wilberg, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations