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FROM Chair alan Feldman


Welcome to the inaugural edition of UIF Insider, a new communication designed specifically for Foundation Members. Let me open by telling you how grateful I am for your generosity and commitment to the University of Illinois. This communication is intended to keep you informed of key issues, emerging topics and exciting news that relates to the important role philanthropy plays within the University of Illinois System and our three distinctive universities.

This fall has certainly has been a busy. The Foundation Board meeting and the 82nd Annual Business Meeting were held on October 12, and it was great to see so many of you there. Thank you for joining us. October has also been full of BIG NEWS for the University of Illinois with three distinct campaign launches in Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign, and a historic gift announcement to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business.

I look forward to sharing with you more news and updates as our campaigns move forward, as well as some of the work that the Foundation Board takes on in the coming months. Thank you for your many contributions to the Altogether Extraordinary University of Illinois.



  University of Illinois System  

University of Illinois Launches Campaigns With Ambitious $3.1 Billion Goal

The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest—and most ambitious—comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty, academic, and research programs and facilities. 

  With Illinois  

With Illinois | The Campaign for Urbana-Champaign

Join us as we embark on our most ambitious philanthropic campaign ever.


Urbana College of Business Received $150 Million Naming Gift

The College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be known as the Gies College of Business after an unprecedented investment from a distinguished alumnus.

  Ignite UIC  

Ignite | The Campaign for UIC

Inside you, and every one of us, is the power to shape the future.


$3M gift to UIC honors immigrants who lived American dream, helps generations of students

Isadore and Sadie Dorin were teenagers in the early 1900s when family contacts in the United States offered them a refuge on the West Side of Chicago from the devastation of the Russian Revolution and the anti-Semitism in Europe.

  Reaching Stellar  

Reaching Stellar | The Campaign for UIS

The future is full of possibilities. With your support, we can propel the University and today’s students to new heights and continue to impact the generations to come.


Donors are making an impact through UIS’ new student union

The new UIS Student Union will be the social heart of campus for students. In this signature building, so full of light and activity, students will interact with each other and with faculty, staff, and visitors, creating a vibrant and thriving focal point for life at UIS.

  Discovery Partners Institute  

Discovery Partners Institute

The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is an interdisciplinary public-private research institute located in Chicago, and is a node of the Illinois Innovation network (IIN), a set of virtually connected clusters across the state. Led by the University of Illinois System with partners across the state, the DPI and IIN are the foundation for new partnerships and approaches that catalyze economic growth. World-class faculty, students, and companies will work side-by-side at the DPI to develop solutions, promote entrepreneurship, and empower inventors of the future.

  Annual Meeting Reception  

82nd Annual Foundation Meeting

Thank you, again, to those of you who joined us for the 82nd Annual Foundation Meeting!






Please click the ‘read more’ link below for a unique interview with Alan Feldman – University of Illinois Foundation’s new Chairman of the Board. We look forward to capturing insights from various members through this platform going forward.