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Fiscal Year 2023 Update

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

It is both humbling and inspiring to reflect upon the incredible impact made possible by generous contributions to the College of ACES. Each year, I get to witness firsthand the transformational power of your generosity.

This year we celebrated the historic “With Illinois” fundraising campaign that has helped us make monumental progress toward our vision for the future, starting with our college’s infrastructure. We also received a notable gift from State Farm to help expand the Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative to provide academic and social support for students with autism.

Each and every donation is a powerful symbol of trust and partnership in our mission. There is more work to be done, certainly, but I am ever more confident in the future thanks to your unwavering support and belief in the work we do at ACES.

With sincere appreciation,

Germán Bollero
SignatureGermán Bollero
Dean of the College of ACES

FY 2023 By the Numbers

Thanks to your support during this past fiscal year, the College of ACES continues to be transformed, resulting in:

Dollars Raised25,451,821 Dollars Raised

Donors7,187 Donors

First-Time Donors935 First-Time Donors

Books17 New Funds Supporting Scholarships, Fellowships, and Named Faculty Positions

Party3,219,660 Unrestricted Dollars Raised

Illinois Logo18 Planned Gifts

*Data as of 8/1/23.

FY 2023 Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

With Illinois Feature. People standing with shovels at celebration.

With Illinois Campaign wraps up, but giving continues

“With Illinois” was the most ambitious philanthropic endeavor in the history of the University of Illinois, raising $2.7 billion from October 2017 to June 2022. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences surpassed its $200 million campaign goal 18 months ahead of schedule — and since then has continued to raise millions more to support our land-grant institution’s mission. A celebration was held on October 14, 2022, to showcase the transformational power of gifts accrued during the campaign. Read more.

ACES Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholars

ACES welcomes 27 students as new Jonathan Baldwin Turner scholars

Last fall, 27 students joined the Jonathan Baldwin Turner (JBT) Scholars program in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). JBT Scholars is a competitive scholarship program open to undergraduate students in all ACES majors. The 2022 cohort is the first to experience a revamped program that adds leadership training and experience to the financial award.

“JBT Scholars is our premier leadership scholars program in the College of ACES. It is a renewable, merit-based scholarship program providing financial support and experiences to develop future leaders in food and agricultural sciences,” says Anna Ball, ACES associate dean for Academic Programs. Read more.

Collage art of a human brain.

State Farm among first to support U of I neurodiversity initiative

The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative (INI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign received a major, five-year grant from State Farm to help fund the program, which provides academic and social support for students with autism and helps them prepare for the workplace and connect with potential employers. INI is housed at the Family Resiliency Center in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at U of I.

“The grant from State Farm is going directly toward supporting the students in the program – it will be a key factor in allowing us to continue next year,” says Jeanne Kramer, director of the Autism Program and professor in HDFS. Read more.

Roscoe and Ann Pershing

Philanthropy for the Pershings is a family affair

“Blessed,” was the simple response from Roscoe and Ann Pershing when asked why they give back. The Pershings, whose relationship with the university began more than four decades ago, find it important to provide opportunities for others, especially those in ACES. They support multiple programs from Illinois 4-H to study abroad to various scholarships— including two special funds that serve as remembrances. Read more.

Larry Hagemen speaking into a microphone at a podium.

Larry Hageman: Cultivating food access through 4-H endowment

Larry Hageman is wrapping up his 40-year career by giving back to the organization that played a pivotal role in his personal and professional development: 4-H. His recent gift to create an endowed 4-H State Award will provide an annual scholarship to support the next generation of 4-H members helping ensure food access. Read more.

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