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.

  • Provide scholarship assistance to students in 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.

  • 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 provides travel support for master's students in library and information science.

  • Provides an annual award to a Chinese graduate of the iSchool.

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

  • Please indicate where to direct donation:

Curt McKay

I saw the fund as providing a gift and not a loan. I've been gratified at the number of alumni who have added to it over the years, even though they weren't recipients. It shows how our sense of community continues long after completing degrees and pursuing careers.

Curt McKay (MS '88), former iSchool assistant to the dean, who established the Curt McKay Student Need Endowment Fund

Questions about giving? I can help.

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