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:
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.
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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.
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.
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, 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] illinois.edu 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] illinois.edu 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.
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.
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.