University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Illinois Advancement

Fiscal Year 2023 Update

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

We are a university that truly believes that when we THINK BIG and ACT BOLDLY , the world changes for the better. We have 155 years of legendary scholars, graduates and accomplishments to back that up. The spirit of innovation and accomplishment that is in our DNA is just as vibrant and just as important today as it was in 1867.

More access, more affordable, more success, more opportunities, less debt – this is the most powerful case for the value of an Illinois education that I can imagine.

We are boldly moving into this next phase of our university’s history. When I look back on the past few years—years that have been challenging —I am humbled, and I am proud of our Illinois family. Thank you for your generosity and support of the University of Illinois.

I want us to pursue the coming years with the same kind of audacity, courage, and teamwork that led us to this moment, and I know with you that’s possible.

Chancellor Robert Jones
SignatureRobert J. Jones

FY 2023 By the Numbers

Thanks to your support during this past fiscal year, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continues to be transformed, resulting in:

Dollars Raised336,035,645 Dollars Raised

Donors59,239 Donors

Gifts124,939 Gifts

First-Time Donors5,796 First-Time Donors

Gifts from small to large95,967 Gifts Between $1 and $100

Party70,495,069 Unrestricted Dollars Raised

*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.

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Illinois Continues to Make Education Accessible

Student support continues to be a top priority at Illinois. With the second largest first year student class and largest total student body, the promise of a world class education at the University of Illinois remains for aspiring scholars. With the growth of the student population, over 500 million dollars was awarded in student aid with 68% of undergraduate students receiving gift aid. 2022-2023 saw the largest amount of financial aid granted at Illinois.

One program supporting Illinois residents is Illinois Commitment. Illinois Commitment is one example, supporting Illinois residents by covering full tuition and fees for qualified, in-state students. Over 4,000 families have benefited from the program and the Illinois Commitment donors who make Illinois an affordable reality for students across the state.

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Crowdfunding Boosts Programs at Illinois

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) was launched in 2007 to provide affordable and accessible courses, lectures, and events to lifelong learners. The programs offered are intended for individuals fifty or older in or connected to the university community. To mark the institute’s fifteenth anniversary, OLLI launched a crowdfunding campaign raising over $23,000 in just fifteen days.

The Marching Illini enjoyed their most successful March Forth campaign to date. For the past five years, the Best Band in the Land has engaged in an annual crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for travel, instruments, and scholarships for its members. This past March, the band raised more than 500 gifts totaling to $84,122, enabling the band to support its members and lend its signature sound to the 2023-2024 calendar of events.

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Campus Continues to Evolve Thanks to Donor Support

From well-known landmarks to new appearances, the capital projects changing the Illinois campus landscape are made possible, in part, by the generous supporters of the University of Illinois. The renovation of Altgeld Hall is enhancing the recognizable exterior sandstone as well as transforming the research and classroom spaces on the interior, with completion projected in 2026. Another space taking on an updated look is the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex which will add 40,000 square feet and renovate the existing team spaces. Reshaping the center of campus, the University Library will create a new home for the special collections and rare manuscripts on campus as well as expand student study and meeting spaces. The new South Campus Center for Interdisciplinary Learning (SCCIL) building, a partnership between Gies and campus, will bolster the support for online programs and expand collaborative spaces on campus upon its completion in 2025.

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Philanthropy Supports our Campus and Beyond

The iSchool at Illinois is partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to ensure students in Chicago have access to a school librarian. The support of Lionelle and James Elsesser as well as CPS funding is bolstering a new program designed to aid current CPS teachers to grow in their careers through a Librarian Endorsement via the iSchool.

Marty Burke, Illinois CI MED May and Ving Lee Professor for Chemical Innovation, is leading a research team alongside researchers from the University of Iowa in a monumental development to treat cystic fibrosis. The team has developed an inhalable molecular prosthetic drug with the goal of increasing lung function and addressing cystic fibrosis at its root cause. This advancement in treatment, now in the clinical trial phase, was made possible by the generous support of numerous donors contributing over $32 million in funding.

Continue Your Support

Your continued support ensures the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign remains a place where progress and innovation can flourish. Find your passion and help us dream even bigger!

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