College of Fine and Applied Arts – Illinois Advancement
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Fiscal Year 2023 Update

College of Fine and Applied Arts

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

The College of Fine and Applied Arts is incredibly grateful for the contributions of our passionate alumni and friends. This past year has generated significant increases in giving across the college that will provide support to our faculty, staff, and students. Each gift is as unique as our supporters. I encourage you to read more about just some of the stories of impact that were made possible by our donors over the course of this past fiscal year. I am pleased to share that thanks to FAA’s generous alumni and friends, we raised over $10.5 million this year – surpassing our fundraising goal again! On behalf of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone across the college and our arts community for their generosity, support, collaboration, and partnership.

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Signature Jon Salvani
Associate Dean for Advancement

FY 2023 By the Numbers

Thanks to your support during this past fiscal year, the College of Fine and Applied Arts continues to be transformed, resulting in:

Dollars Raised10,898,318 Dollars Raised

Donors4,668 Donors

Gifts5,346 Gifts

First-Time Donors390 First-Time Donors

Books22 New Funds Supporting Scholarships, Fellowships, and Named Faculty Positions

*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.

Alumnus Ralph Johnson

Celebrated Architecture Alumnus Establishes New Elite Professorship

Alumnus Ralph Johnson (BSAS ’71) established the endowed Ralph E. Johnson Professorship in Design to support the school in attracting and retaining the most brilliant scholars in the field of architectural education. It will specifically fund faculty with expertise and academic abilities in the field of architectural design, architectural design research, and architectural design technology and materials. The College of Fine and Applied Arts awarded Ralph Johnson a Distinguished Legacy Award in 2021, and the School of Architecture recognized Johnson with their prestigious Illinois Medal in 2022. When asked about his recent gift, Johnson shared, “I feel this fellowship, through teaching and lectures, can have a lasting impact on a broad range of students.” Read more.

Joe Chinn and Annette Stojkovich-Chinn

Making the World a Better Place Through the Gift of Education

Department of Urban and Regional Planning alumni Joe Chinn (MUP ’89, BS ’86 Finance) and Annette Stojkovich-Chinn (MUP ’88, BA LAS ’86 Economics) believe that the greatest gift you can give someone is the opportunity to pursue higher education. Annette explained, “Education is the fundamental building block in one’s development – increasing your ability to think, analyze, communicate, and understand the world around you.” The couple agreed that the education they received at the University of Illinois played a significant role in their success. Establishing scholarships at the four colleges that provided them with their graduate and undergraduate education seemed like the appropriate way to pay it forward. Read more.

Alumnus Jim Martin.

Prominent Chicago Area Landscape Architect and Illinois Alum Establishes New Scholarship

Alumnus and longtime friend and donor of the department Jim Martin (BLA ’72) established the James Martin Family Scholarship in Landscape Architecture to benefit students who have a strong interest and passion for the field of landscape design. The department presented Martin with the 2022 Alumni Medal, an award bestowed annually on alumni whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public, the environment, and the department. When asked why he gave, Jim shared, “I’m grateful for what this profession has provided me and my family. Providing scholarships is one way to give back and pay it forward.” Read more.

Susan and Michael Haney

Increasing Access to the Arts, One Sponsorship at a Time

Susan and Michael Haney recognize the exceptional value of experiences that only the performing arts and cultural centers can provide. Since the Haneys made their very first gift to Krannert Center in 2010, they’ve sponsored over 40 performances. They have also established funds in their name in support of Lyric Theatre at Illinois and Illinois Theatre that can be used to support productions as well as student scholarships. When asked how they decide where to direct their gifts, Michael said, “The recurring theme for almost all of our philanthropy is on behalf of the students. As long as this is directly helping students, then that’s what I’m looking to support.” Read more.

Continue Your Support

Your continued support ensures the College of Fine and Applied Arts remains a place where progress and innovation can flourish. Find your passion and help us dream even bigger!

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