Invest in access, innovation, and excellence

Your gift to Gies College of Business helps make the dream of a Gies education a reality for talented students, provides opportunities for students to learn and practice innovation, and enables the College to recruit and retain leading faculty minds who will teach and inspire the next generation of business leaders.

The University of Illinois Foundation is the official gift-receiving arm of the University of Illinois and is a 501(c)3 charitable organization with EIN 37-6006007.

Areas to Support

The Gies College of Business Scholarship Fund ensures that gifted, driven students will have access to a Gies College of Business education, even as costs continue to increase.

The Gies College of Business Innovation Fund supports the research endeavors of our faculty and innovative educational curriculum and programming for students.

The Gies College of Business Faculty Excellence Fund provides funds to support faculty excellence in a variety of ways, including recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty who lead students to achieve their best potential.

The Gies College of Business Annual Fund makes funds available to the College to support a wide array of initiatives and programs to support student education and faculty research.

Other ways to give


Multiyear pledges of support (up to five years) benefiting Gies College of Business allow us to invest in students, faculty, and programs knowing that funds are on the way. Call 217-244-6669 or email us for details.

Matching Gifts

Many of our alumni and friends work at companies that have matching gift programs to supplement their employees’ donations. Check with your human resources department to see if your company will match, double, or even triple your gift amount.

Endowed Gifts

Endowed gifts provide long-term support to the College. The gift is invested and provides a yearly distribution. A minimum amount is required to establish an endowment. Call 217-244-6669 or email us for details.

Gifts of Securities

Make a gift of publicly traded stocks or mutual funds via electronic transfer or mail. The University of Illinois Foundation uses Northern Trust Company to facilitate gifts of securities. Call 217-244-6669 or email us for details.

Planned Gifts

Consider a planned gift to the University of Illinois Foundation to benefit Gies through your will, living trust, or retirement plan. There are also ways to structure a gift to provide a lifetime income stream to yourself and/or a loved one while receiving an immediate income tax deduction. For more information or to let us know you’ve benefitted Gies in your plans, call 312-585-9038 or email us.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Pay tribute to a family member, friend, classmate, or faculty member through your gift. Your honorary or memorial gift can be made anytime by mail, online, or phone. Please indicate whom the gift honors or memorializes at that time.

Gifts of Farmland

Create a legacy for your family while creating opportunities for students and faculty through a charitable gift of land. You can transfer your farm in a variety of ways, giving you great planning flexibility. Call 217-244-6669 or email us for details.

Payroll Deduction Gifts

University of Illinois employees can make gifts to Gies College of Business through payroll deduction. Complete the payroll deduction form to enroll. Please note that it may take more than one pay period before your payroll deduction goes into effect.

Is my gift tax-deductible if I live outside the United States? In most circumstances, donors with income taxable in the United States may deduct their gifts to the University of Illinois from that income. Please check with a local tax professional for details specific to your country, or please email us for more specific information about giving options from overseas.