Organizational Structure

For a full list of OVCIA staff, visit our directory.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

The OVCIA is the central campus office that oversees advancement work on campus. We work closely with units in a variety of ways, and each unit’s Chief Advancement Officer is a dual report to both their dean and to an associate vice chancellor.

Individual units within OVCIA include:

  • Advancement Operations
    • Annual Giving: handles the centralized annual giving program for all donor and non-donor prospects for campus, as well as collaborating with select outward facing units such as Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Allerton Park & Retreat Center, on mass solicitation plans. As a noteannual giving and membership for Athletics and Public Media (WILL) are managed on their own through separate processes within the unit.
    • Events: coordinates logistics of donor events both on campus and nationally as well as internal events for our advancement community.
    • Internal Communications: works to connect the central office with unit advancement colleagues
    • Mar/Comm: content creation, design, web work, STORIED
    • People and Culture: handles recruitment, hiring/onboarding, professional development, leadership development, employee engagement, and HR/budget related responsibilities
    • Stewardship and Donor Relations: handles SDR for centralized funds (such as Illinois Promise), provides fund review support and impact reporting for units
    • Strategic Planning and Organizational Development:
  • Principal Gifts
    • Principal Gifts: solicitation and stewardship of donors with giving above $5M
    • Research Institutes:
    • Foundation Relations: serves as a campus-wide resource for faculty and administrators seeking to advance relationships with national and selected regional private foundations.
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  • Regional and Global Advancement
    • This team serves as a point of contact for alumni, donors, and friends throughout the world. They are assigned different regions and build relationships through personal visits and events.
  • CAOs

University of Illinois Alumni Association

We share office space in Alice Campbell Alumni Center with UIAA whose offices are on the second floor. The alumni association is a separate 501c3 university related organization. Their primary responsibility is engagement with alumni through programming, events, alumni clubs, and the alumni magazine. There is a membership component, and part of those annual fees are directed into three central campus funds: the Chancellor’s Fund, Illinois Commitment, and the Health Sciences Priority Fund.

University of Illinois Foundation

The Foundation serves all three campuses of the University of Illinois system and is an independent not-for-profit membership corporation that functions as the independent official fundraising and private gift-receiving agency for the University of Illinois. UIF works with the president of the University of Illinois System and leadership for each university to identify strategic private support priorities, create suitable fundraising strategies and tactics, and implement and evaluate appropriate development programs.

Our work is closely intertwined with the work of UIF. Barry Benson, as Vice Chancellor, is a dual report to the president of the Foundation, Jim Moore, and the Chancellor of the Urbana campus, Robert Jones. UIF also manages the data and database (referred to as TED) that feeds our advancement work, both for frontline fundraising and for wider communications and engagement.